I was further delighted to see
the kind of loyalty he had for you while claiming loudly about his readiness to
return the land on your single insistence.
I must hail you for the kind of behavioural culture and sense
of respect (exclusively for you) you have instilled in your party colleagues who
are so loyal to you openly.
The same minister demonstrated his loyalty, few days back,
saying that he had no issue accepting you or any other from your family, citing
the name of one Arun Patnaik, as the leader of the party. If you still remember,
the said minister compared himself with Lal Bahadur Shastry when the former had
to vacate his ministerial berth, on your instruction, for alleged link in a rape
and murder case in his constituency. Then also he said he stepped out of your
cabinet to keep your image clean. His concern for your image and commitment to
keep it clean must be applauded. Hope, you must have recognised this.
So, I must also hail you for keeping your colleagues
committed to protect your image and imbibing in them the highest regard for it
knowing very well that they have least regards for the state and its people.
However, this reigning minister of your cabinet, though is
hugely talented in many areas, is no better than the minister in your last
cabinet, whom you preferred to send to the Rajya Sabha as representative of your
party, who could manage to allot ‘n’ numbers of plots and flats in his name and
in the names of his family members under DQ. I am not sure if his ideas are
inspired by you but his derivation of the newer definition for the word “family”
as “one member one family” should certainly be seen as the newest view of Indian family
We didn’t see such talents in your cabinet now for the
first time. Another of your cabinet colleague who was holding responsible berth
of law ministry in your last cabinet was also in news for acquiring land in
violation of norms.
There are many more examples and, I believe, you don’t need
to be briefed about all such cases because your own media cell and bureaucrat
counsellors must be briefing you about all minute developments related to your
government and ministers.
One thing I must appreciate that none of your colleagues
involved in the above cited cases has denied to the fact of acquiring land under
DQ, certainly, in violation of norms. Rather two did immediately return their land
and houses in acceptance of their fault. I appreciate the guts of your
colleagues believing that accepting faults while in power needs lots of guts!
Hailing you once again for your modesty reflected
tolerance to those persons even after so many bombs hurled on them, and on your
government of course, by several media, I have a reason to believe that you must
also be thinking the same way.
Grabbing land or houses
under DQ in violation of norms,
admitting their mistakes after it came in news and continuing to be in power even
after acceptance of their mistakes make me recall an old story I heard during my
The story in the beginning explained how a benevolent king
who, after giving a patient hearing to a case of crime committed by one of his
subjects granted amnesty as the subject admitted that he committed the crime and
promised not to do so in future.
King’s son, who was present during the trial, asked his
father, why did he grant amnesty to the man who committed the crime?
The king politely replied, the subject had no criminal intent
as he didn’t try to lie about the crime and admitted the truth.
The king’s son, during his rule, made it a point and
made it a
principle as well so that criminals who admitted their crimes
were granted amnesty and criminals thrived in his state as crimes were mostly
I must hail you and salute you for
setting a similar kind of principle to guide
your government, colleagues in your cabinet and the party.
Whatever your critics and the genuine media of the
state say about you, your cabinet and party colleagues and your government, you
still have a point in your defence - "it's all guided by principle!"