RWAs will give an idea how policy makers will behave

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For many years I have been living on rent often in flats with Residents Welfare Association (RWA). If we observe closely how these associations function it is very easy for us to draw parallels how policy makers behave when they have power. The most obvious ones are the class system between tenants and owners, tenants are not allowed to be part of the committees nor do they have voting rights. They just have to pay rent and maintenance and abide by the rules. (Migrants in one’s own country? The mindset is rampant)

The second one is for both tenant and owners alike are the arbitrary rules they come up with. Especially during the covid situation you have to keep watching everyday for how to go about your next day in the flat. Will door delivery happen, will some vendors be given special approval, is it self disposal of garbage etc. It is understandable that they are under time pressure to come up with solutions, but acting like an authority and inviting a hue and cry on new rules is the norm.

The third is the most favourite of all people in position, corruption. I have been in a flat where the secretary installed powerful floodlights outside his house on the corridor with association money and played cricket with kids in the evening. It was an extremely hard effort to make other association members to take the complaint against him.

Position and power definitely breeds corruption and I think it takes a lot of self control not to abuse the power. Seemingly simple power like running a RWA shows a glimpse of it.

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