Square Pegs in Round Holes

अमन्त्रमक्षरं नास्ति नास्ति मूलमनौषधम् l
अयोग्यः पुरुषो नास्ति योजकस्तत्र दुर्लभः ll
There is not  (नास्ति) a letter without  (some) charm  (अमन्त्रमक्षरं),  nor a root  (मूलम् ) without medicinal value.
There is no  (नास्ति)  person  (पुरुषः) who is incapable  (अयोग्यः).  What is scarce  (दुर्लभः)  is someone who can facilitate or harness these  (योजकः)  to good use.
Everything and everyone has some use in this world . The problem is that some may not be aware of their own capability. Some may not know how to make use of it.
The Subhaashitkar says that there is not a single letter without the capacity to charm readers. It is up to the writer to discover how to make the best use of each one. Similarly each and every root that grows in the forest has some medicinal qualities. But only an expert will know how to make use of them to cure patients.
Every person is capable of doing some kind of work. However, we often see that so many people spend their days like ‘square pegs in round holes’ – trying to do jobs that they are not good at, that they are not suited for.
What is needed is someone who can recognise the capacity lying dormant in people and assign the right job to the right person.
Unfortunately such people (योजकाः) are rare.
Nowhere is this quality of  matching a person’s capabilities to the requirements of the job, more necessary, than in assigning portfolios to ministers. Unfortunately the decision-makers in the government seem to be determined to prove true the observation of the  Subhaashitkar – योजकस्तत्र दुर्लभः !
So many times we see that when choosing cabinet ministers, the talents and capabilities of the aspirants are seldom taken into account. What is taken into account is the caste they were born into, the region they were elected from, their parent party and its importance in the alliance in power, etc.
The result is so many ‘square pegs in round holes’. The main loser in this exercise is, of course, the ‘aam admi’!

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