This morning brought the horrifying news of a farmer who died because of the casual attitude of two officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). The PSPCL officials were investigating a complaint about a current in the support cable of an electricity pole.

 On site inspection, PSPCL officials Mithu and Kulwant allegedly asked Harbhagwan to touch the cable. As the farmer obliged, he collapsed due to the shock.

What irresponsible behaviour on the part of the officials resulting in a totally needless death!

Last week there was the news report about a pro-farmer advertisement issued by the BJP state government in Karnataka, in advance of local taluka and zilla elections. It featured

  a ‘happy farmer’ seemingly endorsing the government’s benefits and schemes.

However, in reality,

the farmer, unable to handle his mounting debt burden, committed suicide in May last year.

Such a heartless attitude by those responsible for the advertisement!  Obviously the farmers who are supposed to benefit from the various government schemes are not important at all in the eyes of the officials concerned!

But why should we be shocked at the thoughtlessness of bureaucrats or government officials, when our so-called leaders are showing the same attitude?

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan recently questioned whether Kashmir was part of India!

“Only one Muslim minister (Ghulam Nabi Azad) is there in the (Union) Cabinet and that too not of India, but from Kashmir.”

The statements of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh regarding alleged conversations between himself and ATS Chief Hemant Karkare just hours before the latter’s death, have received wide publicity.

  Kavita Karkare, Karkare’s widow, accused Digvijay Singh of trying to play politics with her husband’s death,

and said she had no doubt that the chief of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) was killed by the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists who carried out the 26/11 attack.

Did the Congress general secretary not even care that the families of those who lost their lives in the Mumbai terror attack would be pained by his political manoeuvres?

But how can we blame these politicians when even the Crown Prince himself  does the same?

According to the recent news reports about Wikileaks, he said to US Ambassador Timothy Roemer that

though ‘there was evidence of some support for LeT (Islamic terrorist group) Lashkar-e-Taiban among certain elements in India’s indigenous Muslim community, the bigger threat may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups’.

The Congress Party had to do some serious damage control when there was an outcry that this was a highly irresponsible statement.

Do political leaders not have any obligation to behave responsibly? 

 If they do not show a sense of responsibility, if they talk and act as they please  just for political gain, others in society will unfortunately do the same.

 As we saw in the previous post on this blog- Yatha Raja Tatha Praja.