MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE BETTER THINGS TO FRET ABOUT!
On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 H U BIJLANI wrote :
>Well done. Keep it up. Not many will stand up like this.H.U.Bijlani
>----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gita Dewan Verma" <[email protected]>
>To: <[email protected]>
>Cc: <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>
>Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 8:23 PM
>Subject: [mpisgplanner] I think no one can *help* TVB-SHS
> > I received a call today from A G K Menon, Director TVB
> > School of Habitat Studies, to ask if I could *help*
> > with a housing studio, give orientation (to students,
> > obviously) about constitutional processes. Some days
> > ago Dean of Studies A B Lal had called to ask if I
> > could *help* about their illegal site, since I
> > understand best Delhi Master Plan processes.
> > TVB-SHS is five minutes walk from my flat in Vasant
> > Kunj. For five years I have been engaging in support
> > of DMP processes, mainly as planner consultant to
> > citizens' groups, many in and around Vasant Kunj (in
> > all sorts of housing). For five years
> > *professional-trustees* (a phrase from Lal) like Menon
> > have lent *expert* credentials to extra-constitutional
> > processes to open-up, in name of an unlawful DMP
> > revision, public land acquired for half century in
> > name of DMP for world-class loot. Not once in five
> > years did *professional trustees* consider my work
> > worth a thumbnail in the professional space that they
> > control. After a full range of constitutional
> > processes has been subverted to substitute DMP with
> > lately approved draft DMP-2021, which I do not even
> > have access to forget expertise on, I am being invited
> > to *help* - what?
> > Just last week my clients lodged complaints against
> > experts and NGOs supporting DMP violations challenged
> > in court cases, public notice responses, Central
> > Vigilance Commission references, memoranda on which
> > Parliamentary Committee is to hear oral evidence, etc.
> > I saw no point in telling Menon that a serious
> > professional-practice ethics issue (and not, say, a
> > silly but damaging review that he wrote of my book and
> > me, his silly but damaging expert-planner comments in
> > media, etc) stands in my way to his TVB-SHS - has been
> > driven to stand there because questions about what
> > generally stands in the way of those wanting to *help*
> > have been ignored for too long.
> > I am posting this in case anyone wants to fret about
> > professional-space issues that such situations raise.
> > I myself have lately decided to save my fretting for
> > better things.
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