In the previous episode we had witnessed the importance of respecting food (“Annam”). It is a primary virtue that all of us need to develop with regards to food that we should never insult or waste it at any cost. If such a situation arises, we should immediately think of those thousands of poor people across the world suffering without getting even one meal per day! Compared to them, Bhagawan has given us a wonderful birth in a wonderful place where there is no paucity of food! Indeed we need to thank Bhagawan daily in our prayers for this one reason!
Now moving on further, Vidura explains the next important point. Here he is going to explain two important characteristics of “Arrogance”. What are they?
“Nyaayagathasya dravyasya bhoddhavyo dvaavathikkramau!
Apaathre prathipatthischa paathrecha apprathipaadhanam!!”
Here Vidura explains two important things. “Apaathre prathipatthischa” means, if a person hands over something to another person who is completely ignorant about it or not worth it, is a sign of arrogance. The second thing is the contrary point to the first one – “Paathrecha apprathipaadhanam” means, if a person does not give something to another person who is really worth of getting it, is also a sign of arrogance. This might be a little tough to understand in the first go, however I shall explain it in detail with its application in the modern day context.
If for instance we consider an organizational setup, as an important role of the “Human Resources” manager, we say that he/she should ensure that the right person is given the right job! That is, if a job or a position in an organization is to be handed over to a person, we have customized “Recruitment” and “Selection” procedures for it like aptitude tests, group discussions, personal interviews, etc. Sometimes we might see that there might be multiple rounds of interviews for selecting a person for a job that involves greater responsibility. Why do we conduct all this before selecting a person for a job? The simple reason is that, we should always ensure that the job should be handed over to that person who is well qualified for doing that role and taking up that responsibility. This applies even to students – Only those who are able to crack the entrance exams for various engineering and medical courses should be given the admission.
But unfortunately what is happening in today’s world? Does the deserved person get the job or a seat in a higher educational institution in the modern day? Many a times we see something unethical happening in this regard. In India, we have something called “Quota” system – Wherein, some people, irrespective of whether they are qualified for the job or not, scrapes through into the academic institution or an organization, just because they are from this “caste” or “Quota”. Is this the right approach towards sustainable growth? Apart from this, many a times we see during the admission seasons that there would be some people who had scored extremely less marks and still get into a medical college because of whatsoever reasons understood by everybody! If this is the case, what about those hard working students, who have given their blood and sweat to prepare for the exams, scoring high marks, yet lose out on getting into a reputed educational institution? Isn’t it a gross injustice for those who had dedicated their lives, sacrificed their personal enjoyments and who have worked meticulously? This is where our society is pegged into and year on year we struggle to get over this! This is exactly what Vidura is explaining here too – It is sheer arrogance to hand over a responsibility to a person who is a completely undeserving candidate, and at the same time, it is again sheer arrogance to deny a person a responsibility for which he is a well deserving candidate!
To extend this point a bit more to the Indian context, why do we think there is a sizeable student and a working population of Indians moving to developed countries like the United States of America (USA), Canada, United Kingdom (UK), Germany, France, Australia, Singapore, etc.? It is because of this very reason – The sheer arrogance of one section of the Indian population, unable to accept the fact that they are nothing but dumb heads, trying to dominate over others and deny opportunities to deserving candidates. Over a period of time, these deserving candidates get frustrated and thus flee away from India to other countries, which welcome them with a red carpet, by respecting their talent! Thus, it is sad to say that the best brains of the country have gone on exodus because of the sheer arrogance of few dumb heads in India.
As a result, those people adorning high positions today in various government/non-government institutions in India are unfortunately those who don’t even deserve all that! If this is the case, how can we talk of development? Won’t a company go to shambles if such people run the show? For example, if undeserving candidates join a medical college as budding doctors, imagine the quality of medical practitioners we would be generating as a country! Would we be able to go to a hospital in India with trust on a doctor anymore, given the fact that those who have no basic knowledge on medicine and surgery are warming the chairs of doctors? This is the main reason why we lack quality doctors in India today and many are forced to go abroad for complex medical treatments! This same philosophy applies to each and every walk of professional life in India today! Hence, it is time for us to think about it collectively as a society. Here, the readers should be very clear that I’m not targeting any particular segment of people to emphasize this point. I’m talking on behalf of an entire “equal” society.
Thus the point here is very simple – As a country, we should ensure that the deserving candidates get their deserving jobs/seats in companies and academic institutions, irrespective of who and what they are! Only if this comes true in India, will we see real development taking place. For today, let us ponder about this important point and we shall wait till the next episode to find out more! Stay tuned! 🙂