Thursday, August 08, 2013

water water everywhere...

The Delhi High court today has told the Government and the civic agencies of the city to submit yet another report on the measures taken to prevent waterlogging in the city after they found that the reports submitted today said nothing about the actual work. The court's been monitoring what the government is doing to tackle the veritable floods that happen every time the rain gods descend and create swimming pools out of potholed roads.. turns out that even they admit that they haven't really done much...

The report  was only talking about creation of a task force and committee meetings, which, as the Chief justice himself commented, "can go on till eternity."
coincidentally , after reaching office this evening, for some reason I found myself looking up Gertrude Stein's quote "a rose is a rose is a rose" on wikipedia, and fell down the rabbit hole of random wikipedia clicks... and THIS particular gem is what i found...



"The Persian philosopher, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), once wrote the following response to opponents of the law of noncontradiction:
"Anyone who denies the Law of Non-contradiction should be beaten and burned until he admits that to be beaten is not the same as not to be beaten, and to be burned is not the same as not to be burned."
John Locke claimed that the principles of identity and contradiction were general ideas and only occurred to people after considerable abstract, philosophical thought. He characterized the principle of identity as "Whatsoever is, is." The principle of contradiction was stated as "It is impossible for the same thing to be and not to be." (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_classical_laws_of_thought#Aristotle )


obviously someone should make the Delhi Civic agency officials sit down and read their works, (preferably also go through the lesson Ibn Sina recommended) till they realise that a job done and a job Not done are different things, and just filing a report saying that they have started the work does not equate to the work getting done...

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