Stakeholders? Who?

the arrogance of the British?

BUT they were sent packing decades ago!

The powers that be, in this case Mysore University, are planning to commercialise the best natural lake in Mysore: Kukkarahalli Kere used by hundreds of locals for invigorating walks and a wonderfully diverse population of birds.

They seem to be stuck in the past.. development-itis means buildings, creating a boating lake (we already have a boating lake –  why not  buy some better boats and get that one working properly?) destroying the very aspects of the lake that attracts the birds and creates the necessary life-enhancing biodiversity. A case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

Well this morning, there was a tremendous turnout of local people from allsorts of local organisations and all political affilitiations, to highlight what will be lost with this inappropriate development. Appreciating their picture show of birds to be found on the lake and signing their petition were hundreds of local people who love the lake as it is now.

Well done the managers of Mysore University, who are acting just like the autocratic British invaders with no sensitivity to local needs and wishes. They might as well be invaders from outside given the complete lack of sensitivity to local stakeholders with little understanding of our need to live in harmony with the natural world. Maybe their brain is not in tune to a real world,  they are contributing to the destruction of Mysore and what makes it unique. Maybe they will realise our loss when its too late.

Unfortunately it was too foggy this morning to properly appreciate the place. Maybe that’s appropriate as it helps illuminate what it will be like after the ‘development’ as we’ll see fewer birds. There will however, always be a place in the hearts of the heartless for the lesser spotted digger, the painted TATA Hitachi, the tool of develpment -itis.

Farrell Factoid

The thread throughout all my careers has been engaging people. One of my current workshops, delivered in the UK as part of the Corporate Responsiblity Academy is a ‘development’ model that is based on stakeholder dialogue and their active participation.



3 thoughts on “Stakeholders? Who?

  1. It’s a lovely lake and it should be protected but it’s no more a part of the natural world than the palace and like that it was created by one of the Wodeyars, though before the palace, in 1864.

  2. Hi Stephen

    I sometimes find that modern projects now understand the value of involving stakeholders early in the piece. If a powerful stakeholder is found late in the project they could cause major complications and overspend.
    So it is common to utilise a university to handle the initial stakeholder engagement as the labour is cheap and the institution is keen to gain commercial experience. Universities are often good at collating and processing large data.
    The issue is that this is sometimes just a rubber stamping process. The project has already been approved and this is a stage to refer to later on to show that stakeholders were properly consulted.
    The output of the engagement exercise is happily filed and ignored. The project goes ahead as planned (perhaps because it provides jobs, makes the politicians look good, etc.) and the public are ignored.
    I reckon this happens a lot everywhere and must happen even more often in India.
    You need to find a well respected leader to voice the concerns of the people – but there are so few out there.
    Best of luck!

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