We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB: The Two Facets of Power

It’s the last Friday of this week and last Friday’s are always a reminder for me to spread the love and light; help this world in some small way to make it a better place. That is the motto of #WATWB and I’m proud to be a part of it.

You can be a part of this noble initiative as well. All you have to do is to click here and follow the instructions.

This month’s generous co-hosts are –  Shilpa GargPeter NenaEric LahtiRoshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal. Please hop over to their blogs to check out their #WATWB stories.

This time I’m bringing you a story of a kind Senior Police Officer, who at the risk of earning the ire of a BJP Legislator and possibly losing his job, stood up against the oppression of a Neta (politician) when he found him unfairly hurling insults at a female Junior Officer. The poor woman started to cry but she declared that it wasn’t because the Neta harassed her, it was because of the kindness showed by her superior.

Here’s the link to the full story.

 

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Image courtesy http://www.ndtv.com

 

It was commendable that the Senior Officer stood up against the Neta but what really riled me up was the high-handed attitude of the Neta. You can see from the picture above how he is wagging his finger authoritatively. It looks like he is warning someone.

The Lady Police Officer was in-charge of controlling an unruly mob that was protesting the operation of illegal liquor shops in the city of Gorakhpur in India. Because the mob was getting out of hand, the lady Officer had to use some force to control the women and children, but there were no injuries and no casualties. That is when the Neta appeared on the scene and began to insult the lady Officer, and for what? For doing her job!

What this incident shows us is the two facets of power. For some wielding power is an excuse for arbitrary use of power, whereas for others it is standing up for what is just and right. That Senior Officer not only backed the truth but also demonstrated the commendable use of his superior position to protect his junior officer. That is true leadership, something that the Neta clearly needs a lesson in!

Every Politician and Government Servant must remember –

The people are the source of your power;

Your power can be used to set an example and to lead. 

Do not insult and abuse the trust that the people have bestowed on you.

It’s a gift to you, not your birthright.


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Image Source: NDTV

 

18 thoughts on “We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB: The Two Facets of Power

  1. It is a real shame that politicians forget the people who elected them to positions of power in the first place . Unfortunately this attitude is universal- all politicians the world over forget this the minute they transition from Mister to Minister

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    • That is true. No matter what his reasons may be he was wrong in talking down a Police Officer. There are ways to address your subordinates too. Talking down and asserting your superior position is not one of them

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    • You are right. Though in this case I don’t understand who did not have power. This Politician is the State Legislative Assembly. Obviously he holds more power than that Police Officer. Why that show? I don’t know but I hope the adverse media reports about his behaviour would have taught him a lesson. Thank you so much for coming here Eric

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  2. Sounds as if this fellow reflects some of the degradation of politics the world over. We have politicians behaving in a ridiculous fashion here as well. May there be more police officers like the two you mentioned and may the junior officer not lose heart. Her position does matter. Thanks for sharing in our WATWB, Pradita.

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