News From : The Hindu
Bangalore: A little over three months after she was forced to resign from her ministerial post, Shobha Karandlaje has harnessed a different platform to reach out to people: the Web.
Her website www.shobhakarandlaje.com, launched on Thursday is a public utility site — but one that allows people to get in touch with her, express their concerns, and also read her blogs on various matters.
The former Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister has already blogged on the impact of floods in north Karnataka and on the endosulfan tragedy in Dakshina Kannada.
The site has information on schools, universities, hospitals, LPG dealers — and you can even locate a convenient marriage hall and download old Kannada songs.
The site also has contact information of Ministers and heads of State departments.
“I have seen adverse times, and coming out of them has been difficult,” said Ms. Karandlaje alluding to her unceremonious ousting from Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s Cabinet under pressure from the rebel Reddy brothers.
“But I involved myself in flood relief work straight after.”
Chairperson of Infosys Foundation Sudha Murthy, who inaugurated the website here, said that rural India has “zero interest and zero knowledge about government policies” and that an initiative such as a website could be useful in generating interest and a sense of assurance that “someone is listening” to them.
“It is not Bollywood, it is not the IT sector that symbolises the country’s progress. It is only when the farmers are economically uplifted that India can be said to have developed,” said Ms. Murthy. What rural India needed was self-confidence, she added.
“My world is very different from yours,” she told Ms. Karandlaje.
“I have no interest in politics” she said adding that the she admired the former Minister’s courage in immersing herself into the heat and dust of public life.
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