Electioneering

The air is filled with the combined smell of burning wood and heated tar; road repairs are in progress outside our house. In fact, road repairs are in progress outside most peoples houses and businesses in Goa. However repairs are not in progress on large stretches of the National Highway 17.
The road repairs are not very effective due to not much money filtering down from government to contractor, most having been leeched away on it’s journey. Come monsoon a lot of the current work will be washed away and we will be back to negotiating the same potholes in September. Still let’s enjoy the temporarily smooth road while it lasts.
Oh! The title of the blog… well, all the local road mending is done once every four years just prior to the state elections in the vain hope that the people will re-elect the incumbent government. Seems to be a custom throughout India, but it fools no-one.

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