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Mon, Jun 17, 2019

I salute

TARZAN SUBBA

We often fail to understand the importance of certain people while they are in office. We fail to appreciate the significance of their decisions. They are the people who are ahead of their times; they see things which others don’t. Their ideas bear relevance to the time long after they are gone either from the government system or life. As I complete two decades of my career in the state government and when I look back I see that the bygone years are filled with many such events. Without being indifferent let me admit it here that while supporting different ideas there were times in the past when I did not personally agree with the ideas of certain people. I strongly opposed them in principle. I also saw some other people opposing them tooth and nail. But when I think of them and the ideas they put forth by them which I had opposed to I feel I was wrong. I was wrong both on my perception about the persons as well as their ideas/decisions.
I find many reforms/changes brought in to the system have started bearing fruits. Scepticisms have been overwhelmed by the benefits reaped and good effects of their ideas/decisions. It is a fact that in a democratic set up we all work in a system consisting of numerous inter-depending parts; each part playing its own role. And we know in such a system nobody is indispensable. If the system works it’s a team work, if it fails it’s a collective responsibility shouldered by all the members. Having said so the question comes; who constitute/s a system? Ultimately it is we, it is us, and we as individuals fill up the system in different capacities making the system work. Ideas and concepts originate in us as individuals and we put them forth. Sometimes they are accepted by the team/system, sometimes not. Once an idea/concept is accepted and processed it becomes a team work then onward. But basically an idea is an individual’s creation.
The great French scholar Victor Hugo once said; “All the forces in the world are not as powerful as an idea whose time has come.”  The ideas that you all proposed were the ones whose time had come.  You had the ability to see them while the rest of us could not. This ability made you unique as well as misunderstood at times.  But your ideas flourished and they are there for everyone to see.  What we are reaping today are the harvests for which you had sown the seeds yesterday.  No criticism, no sycophancy and ridicule could stop things from happening for you had already visualised their long term benefits to the society at large. The ideas that I am talking about is not limited to only big things.  It pertains equally to every small idea that made things better and easy. Sometimes small things matter more than big ones.  When I refer to you as ‘you’ you can be anybody.  You can be an ordinary labourer to the person occupying the highest post.  I believe the ability to think ahead of others can be with anybody.  The difference lies only in the fact that while some are in position to implement their ideas, others are not.   But a system works with active participation of everyone involved therefore everyone has his/her own contribution.  
Selfishness, personal grudges and ideological differences apart, a good decision always benefits the mass in the long run.  Today when I, as a person, accept my misunderstanding of certain persons and their concepts/ideas, I feel I have grown up. However, in feeling so, I don’t feel guilty about my misunderstanding or underestimation of the affairs then. I do not regret about my attitude. I would only submit that I was immature, I was not grown up yet. I compensate my wrong estimation by appreciating them and their ideas wholeheartedly now. I thank them for the changes they brought in for the betterment of the masses, for bringing in efficiency, accountability and responsibility into the system which were unheard of or were not conceived before them.
I am not mentioning the names of persons and their ideas. That is not my intention. This note is a sincere and honest tribute to all those individuals who tried their best in putting forth their ideas which many of their peers (which sometimes included a junior like me) could not understand at that moment. At times they were even mistaken by the people to have misled them in one way or the other. In the contrary, the time has proven all their critics wrong and the system they put in place is working excellently today. If you happen to be one of those few people who were misunderstood for your noble ideas which were opposed or misunderstood or misrepresented in the beginning, please take this note as a small token of genuine appreciation from this small soul who, in all his humility, salutes you and says; ‘thank you’.


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