Only good thing about the Bhawani Singh episode was that it exposed the kind of hypocrisy that we all have come to master. In fact when OTs started condemning him to please RA Sir, it was obvious that all that hollow-talk about esprit de corps is nothing but a farce. All those greetings, those smiles, that etiquette which we display in front of each other, everything seems so fake now. So artificial!
Someone has rightly said that it takes courage to stand up and speak but it also takes courage to sit down and listen. Here the question is not whether Bhawanis conduct was appropriate or not? Was it a demonstration of the strength of his character or the reflection of some unseasoned thought-process is a question that better be left to the higher-ups. The larger issue is the kind of bickering and split that was in our ranks regarding this whole issue. All of a sudden two of our colleagues are publicly humiliated and ostracized although they had not committed any gross violation of the discipline and instead of standing by them we demonize and ridicule them further!shame.
We need to do some introspection. We must question ourselves. Do we have to work in cohesion or at cross-purpose? Why should we need a dictat to display the quantum of decency expected from us as grown-up officers, why can’t it be spontaneous? Where is that fellow-feeling and where are those unpolluted sentiments of togetherness? RA sir has the duty to do “emotional atyachaar” on us but it is our duty to show emotional maturity and act in a manner that suits his expectations from us.
Today every OT was feeling assaulted and upset. Lets resolve that we won’t let it happen again. We can surely create an atmosphere where the faculty is proud of us and we feel indebted to them!!
On a lighter note, lets shout,
“BHAWANI KI JAWANI KO HAMARA SALAAM !!!”