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Resolving disputes: Scotland, Ajit, Dhoni

The Scottish referendum is a pointer to how honorable men can settle complex issues, with dignity and grace. England allowed Scotland to decide through a poll whether it wanted to continue to be part of the United Kingdom. That Scotland chose by a 55:45 score-line to stay is another issue.  

Contrast it with how India, or for that matter Andhra, handled Telengana. Would it have been too much to have asked the people of Telengana to decide through a plebiscite if they wanted to continue to be part of Andhra Pradesh? Could Andhra not have played England? Would that not have been a logically better option than to go through a complex legislative route that finally led to bloodbath on the streets? More so, when the people of Telengana had been battling for a separate state for over 50 years?

Now on to the more controversial “K” question. Shouldn’t Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir go in for a referendum? What’s wrong to let the people of the state decide?  If they do not want to be with India, would it be fair to compel them to be with India? Or for that matter with Pakistan? Yes, it’s true that such referendum should be free, fair and fearless. Surely, one can ensure that by holding it under the aegis of the United Nations.   

 

VIP squatters

From there let’s move to the ex-civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh. He’s parked himself in a bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi since God knows when. Should be close to three decades. Like in good old Mumbai, where the tenant fevicols himself in the landlord’s house, refuses to vacate and has the tenancy passed on from one generation to another, Ajit Singh seems to have sought to do something similar.

It doesn’t behove someone who counts IIT as his alma mater and who has worked in the United States to be seen as a squatter.  With his supporters creating a spectacle out there and with the government not having shown the grace to have quietly spoken to him and had him moved out, we are again seen as argumentative Indians. That the NDA ministers including Advani, Sinha and Naidu did just that in the past only further proves the point. Regarding public property as private fiefdom appears to be a very Indian phenomenon. No referendum is called for to judge if this was boorish behavior!  


Biryani Badmash

Can you beat this? This one takes the cake, sorry the biryani. India’s cricket captain, perceived by many as a role model, walked out of a 5-star hotel with the entire CSK entourage, hook, line and sinker because the hotel refused to allow him to partake homemade biryani at the hotel’s boardroom. News reports suggest that the hotel was willing to meet them halfway by allowing them to have the food in their respective rooms. But the big boys of Indian cricket would have none of it. So incensed was he that the entire team, including the support staff moved out of the hotel.  And so did the officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who too were booked in the same hotel.

Every hotel has its rules, whether for good or for bad. It is incumbent on people, leaders in particular, to respect these rules. Every institution has rules, whether for good or for bad. What would happen if employees chose to have their food in their workstations violating corporate rules? What would happen if school kids refuse to wear school uniforms? What would happen if all of us decide that we will practise only flexi timing at work when the office believes in punctuality. It’s important that the higher you climb the more dignified you should become.

It should not be that the higher we climb, the more we expose our back.

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