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be in other man’s shoe to feel the pain

February 3, 2010

Read a old story today: The gist of the story was that the minister of a state requested the king to pay him the salary which a daily wage labour was getting

When asked the reason the minister replied,” till I realize how the common man is managing with the salary which we are paying them, how can I plan for them. I have to be in their shoes to understand their problems. I don’t want to sympathize with them but empathize with them. I want to be one amongst them, only then they will feel comfortable with the policy makers and the Government and only then we can think about the progress of our state. If I get more than them then I will not realize what is around me

A total contrast to our present system and our leaders.

These days all our ministers, our so called representatives in Government, the local Corporator, MP, ministers, makes policies, allocates budgets, plan for the people who are living on the roads or slums while sitting in their posh air conditioned offices, enjoying various perks like air travel, Chauffeur driven cars, palace like bungalows.

What do they know about sweating out in the sun for two square meals or managing families in fixed incomes?

How many of our ministers have tried traveling in local trains during peak hours?

How many of them have felt the pinch of rising prices.

The news channel flashed “Cooking gas to cost more, Kerosene to cost more”

With the no increase in salary or the basic wage structure how is the common man going to manage his family?

Just ask all the ministers and leaders to spend one day in any slum, live like the majority of people live or compromise on basic necessities to meet the two ends meet then probably some of them will feel ashamed of the luxuries they are enjoying at the cost of the common man, then may be some of them stop throwing big words in the air and come down on earth to do something feasible and practical for every one.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2010 7:41 pm

    Well said!

    Probably these are the reasons why someone who have lead a common man’s life in the past appear to be a better leader than those who’re born rich.

    • February 4, 2010 7:40 am

      but then they do also change colours once they get used to the perks which comes with leadership and out goes the touch with reality.

  2. Ashish permalink
    February 4, 2010 2:47 am

    Do unto others as you want to do unto you… should be the motto for all people going forward.

  3. February 4, 2010 4:29 am

    That is why – “I should have no right to eat cakes when my neighbor does not have a loaf of bread.”

  4. Neha permalink
    February 4, 2010 4:38 am

    its a great thought… m impressed and also wonder at the same time …how do u come with such gamut of topics

    • February 4, 2010 7:39 am

      i read the story in yesterday’s Nav bharat times ( hindi news paper)

  5. February 4, 2010 6:04 am

    Absolutely! Couldn’t agree with you more. Our ministers are far away form reality and have no clue about how the junta of this country manages 2 square meals a day.
    All the big tamasha round austerity was also a big eye wash! I hope the younger leaders will bring about change in the way this country is run and laws framed.

  6. February 4, 2010 6:17 am

    rightly everybody thinks of only getting more and more..make more states, more offices, more ministers…where else have you heard 4 chief ministers of a state?

  7. February 4, 2010 6:58 am

    true anju… But whats the use.. Since people who stand higher than the others, they do not want to do anything for others. Perhaps they do not remember that they too were in that place at one point of time..

  8. February 4, 2010 1:29 pm

    Neither us nor the politicians have got over the colonial system.
    they have lost touch with the ground realities only because now politics is business of investment and returns on investment
    I am told,they spend Rs 180 crores on VIP security in Delhi.This is only the direct cost..

  9. February 4, 2010 2:44 pm

    well said.. it is very true… we need the kind of leaders who know life, world and our country inside out…. not the high end rich politicians…

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