In this digital age, where everything has become so virtual, there seems to be a dearth of real, personal and direct connect. And one field where this is most felt is politics. Its in this regard that the city seems to now be missing former Minister Ganesh Naik’s janta darbar that connected directly with the ever stressed common man and addressed his issues.
JANTA DARBARS : A TRADEMARK GANESH NAIK STYLE OF POLITICS
Meeting people, hearing them out, ensuring accessiblity is the trademark style of Ganesh Naik politics. As Minister, his janta darbars became the address of most harried comman man, that could not get his work done in government offices. Hundreds would arrive in the janta darbars Ganesh Naik held in Thane and Navi Mumbai. No other Minister, MP or MLA met people so religiously as Ganesh Naik did thereby earning the credit of being the first man to organise innovative public connects across Thane district.
JANTA DARBARS : A PLATFORM OF HOPE FOR THE COMMON MAN
Ganesh Naik would patiently hear out citizens, their grievances for over 6 hours in each darbar and issued immediate orders to officials. Janta darbar was a hope to common man and was a healing touch to many. There was a constant pressure on officials to perform else they would be reprimanded by Ganesh Naik at the darbars in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Palghar district. SHOW SOME VISUALS OF REPRIMANDING OFFICIALS
VIRTUAL CONNECT VERSUS PERSONAL CONNECT
Today’s leaders seem to be very busy all the time to give citizens’ an hearing. They only speak & talk and want people to listen without any healthy debate or discussion. That is why in the time of virtual age where politicians & leaders use social media to reach out to the public and their followers, there is a need for leaders like Ganesh Naik who still believes in maintaining the real direct personal connect with the public & followers by meeting them in their areas or his office. Even Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde, who once was always seen with Ganesh Naik in government meetings held in Thane, can learn from this trait. There is no denying : love Ganesh Naik or hate Ganesh Naik, one cannot ignore or forget his popular personal direct contact with the citizens which will be always be cherished by citizens, especially in Navi Mumbai. Only time will tell whether Ganesh Naik wins the 2019 election and brings back the popular Janta Darbar culture to ensure that in this digital age of social media, a perfect balance is struck between the real and the virtual connect. Bureau report -NMTV News.