Few days back I attended a speech on Swami Vivekananda. There were only 2 speakers, both very eminent. Every one in the audience was moved. Except for me. I felt very underwhelmed. Though I am unable to say why i felt that way but if I have to sum up it in few words it is *Talk is Cheap*. What i see on the ground, the RK Mission with its schools, the hundreds of thousands still inspired by the Swami more than 100 years after he passed away, speaks much more than what any speaker how ever great he might be can.
Today also i feel the same. I rarely listen to any politician talk, be it Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi. Even A B Vajpayee. For talk is cheap. What remains is his (her) actions and their impact on our lives. People remember Indira Gandhi for many things but rarely for nationalisation of Banks. But it was this act that saved us when the South East Asian melt down or the 2007 financial crisis happened.
I lived in a place called Ranipet in Tamilnadu for 11 years from 1993 to 2004.. Ranipet was famous for many things but was also infamous for its pollution. You can read about it here. You can also google it. There are enough articles about Ranipet especially Frontline. During the 11 years I was in Ranipet I worked closely with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and know reasonably enough about pollution in places like Vapi and Ankleshwar. From the same site you can read about pollution in Vapi.
The Bhuj Earthquake happened in Jan 2001. The disaster management system put in place is a case study in itself. There are many more such instances that can be discuseed.
That is why i hardly listen to politicians talk. Talk is cheap