Enjoying power

They are the kings who rule their little kingdoms



When I was quite young I uttered some unkind remarks about the then chief Minister. Whosoever the Chief Minister was bears no significance. What is important is that my father at once cautioned me not to talk like that. Obviously he did not like the comments I had passed. He, as a loving father ought to do, gave a long sermon on the subject. He gave two reasons for why he was angry with my bad attitude. Firstly he told me that as are the people so is the king. Secondly he asked me if I had been in the CM’s chair, I might have proven even more inept than him. Well I was too green to grasp his sermon then but with the passage of time I could appreciate his golden words. Now I am quite matured hence with a little bit of experience too. I often ponder over what the politics is?  As per the dictionary meaning it is the ‘social relations involving a crafty plot to achieve one’s ends to gain authority or power’. Obviously these ends generally are sinister in nature. Thus what the word ‘politician’ means can easily be deduced. Usually every common man finds himself free to discuss politics or politicians. They have their own domain and parameters to do so. The common man too plays politics while doing so. He praises the one who suits him the best and disapproves the one whom he deems useless for him. There is a hierarchy of politicians working in our society. From the head of the state to a lay man there exists a king of every little kingdom. Leaving aside the politics of state or national level, politics plays a significant role in our day to day life as well. The head of a family plays politics while negotiating his daily family concerns. A Numberdar plays politics while dealing with his customers. A Molvi or an Imaam of an area sticks to his own crafty attitude of showing his existence and maintaining his writ. A head of a government or public office or institution grooms his own lobby to secure time to time support to get his hidden agenda realised. Even the hooligans do their job in a subtle way.
The trade union leaders in this regard are no way an exception. They are the real kings who enjoy sheer power within their own kingdom and importantly no pulls and pressures from any corner of the society hold them back. The leaders of Bakers’ Association, Drivers’ association, Shopkeepers ‘Association, Traders’ Federation, Gazetted or Non Gazetted employees’ Unions and the like. Even the captains of national teams for various sports categories deem themselves not less than monarchs who listen only to their near and dear ones in the court. On way to becoming the boss every leader consciously talks of his duties and forgets about his rights but once he achieves the desired end, he all of a sudden forgets his duties towards the people who chose him as their leader. No seasoned man can ever be ready to be the leader of a particular party or group because he knows the value and the pressure of the burden that his shoulders are going to bear. When Hazrat Umar (R.A) was elected the second Khalifah of Muslim Ummah, he fell unconscious as he became nervous whether he could successfully do what he ought to. One wonders as to why every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to become a leader.
One of the trade union leaders was approached by one of his workmates to plead his case and get justice done to him but the leader callously scolded him and turned away boastfully. The reason was that the subject had not voted in his favour. Shell-shocked the poor fellow left the court of the king and started mouthing against him once he was out of the reach of the said union leader. That was all he could do. He could not dear to tell the leader that being the head of the union, he was obliged to do his level-best for the welfare of his co-worker. I wondered as to what would be the attitude and body language of this trade union leader if he happens to be the CM tomorrow. Nevertheless that trade union leader still enjoys power and survives as the king of his own little kingdom with all authority and might and he gets all this source of pride at the cost of the service for which he is paid by the government.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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