I had the (mis)fortune to attend a celebration of teachers day where hundreds of government teachers were invited for bhashan, lunch and promises. The brown sahibs arrived one after the other in their heirarchical order of their political position.
Eachone came with an entourage of apparent chamchas and gave darshan to the sarkari teachers.
The pranams to the political gods were what even real gods would not have ever seen. What reverence and what subservience !!!
Sarkari teachers were all over the place shining in their golden ornaments irrespective of their gender.
I wish I had not seen the media men there who apparently had neither the dignity of their role nor the acumen for their job. They were happy that they could shake hands with the ‘P Gods’ and got to sit in the first row. Their pleased guffaws at the lunch announcement was another proof of their main interest.
Well the meeting started finally 2 hours after the due time with about 50 people on the stage and 500 people in the hall.
The speeches from different office bearers of various unions (obviously attached to different political parties) gave out the demands of the teachers- hike in salaries, free land or land at subsidized rates or free something else !
Not one demand was for professional training or upgradation. All teachers asked for materialistic benefits-inspite of their sarkari salaries !
What came to my mind were many teachers working in low cost private schools run by NGOs. I am closely associated with a few NGOs and I know how much work these teachers put in to bring out the best out of a child. All they get is a meager salary but their passion in their work is commendable.
If anyone deserves free land or salary hike it is those teachers who make a human being out of a child.
Well coming back to the meeting, the political gods gave their gregarious gospels and fraud promises with such manipulative charm that people began to plan the design of their dream houses !
Gawd ! God ( I am calling the real one – certainly not the political god) oh God ! please save my fellow human beings from their self inflicted emotional myopia and make them have an intellectual far sightedness ! Make them see their real worth and ask for what they deserve !
And please for heavens sake, make them see that you are the God and not these brown sahibs who are nothing more than mavericks !
Do it at the earliest lest you may lose your importance and you will have tough competition -from these political Gods !
You leave it to people to solve their own problems when you believe that they are capable, but these political gods make sure that people have no capabilities because they want blind faith -oh god- not discerning faith !