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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.
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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