Mirabai was a sadhavi and much more than that she was an exquisite beauty to which many a royals envied. King Akbar hankered to see her and it was arranged with Taansen as a go between. Both of them made it to reach Mirabai’s temple in her royal palace in disguise and it was at the very first sight of her glittering face that stunned King Akbar and Taansen both like they felt swooning. King Akbar without disclosing her real identity did a pranaam to her and requested with folded hands to give him some aashirvaad to which she responded saying ‘never believe persons in disguise as they are the ones who can cheat you and never share your thoughts with unscrupulous and unsharable characters’.
Please take a reference of the post ‘You too owe them your blood’ on this blog. It bears a comment by K.V. Lakshmanan with the weight lurking to an adverse tilt but the narrative being quite meaningful it is healthful from a positive analysis point of view which is important to elicit a result oriented outcome. It is for this reason that the comment in question is being reproduced below verbatim providing a sound approach to the issue. We are thankful to him. The subject relates to fundamental aspects of Trade Union movement, hence it has to be dealt with adhering to no bias approach:
As a part of any trade union you are a successor to those who shed their blood in virtual terms to secure the very basic …
This situation arose because,in banking industry, the trade union movement started developing on the wrong direction in early 1970s.
Instead of protecting the employees from the Bank management for victimisation,they encouraged rowdyism in banks,and protected those who indulged in rowdyism and goondaism.Organaisational elections fought on caste,and unethical basis.The officers were harassed by union people.Then came officers association,but again the same story.They also no different.They recommended for transfer officers who did not toe with them,harassed honest officers and supported corrupt officers who have fall in line with them.T he officers were compelled to collect donations for association from advance oriented branches.I my self was victimised by staff union for being a banks witness in a assault case of branch manager by a clerk,and as officer I did not join the wrongful demonstration and agitation of officers association ,carried out against honest officers/to protect corrupt officials.The officers association was active only during annual transfer of officers,and on off season to protect dishonest /corrupt officers.
Further cheating of employees/officers started by way of signing the wage revision settlements ,throwing interest of members to achieve their own interest/pecuniary obligations from Bank/GOI as had happened in the case of 7 th bipartite wage settlement.
Now how can we expect a strong trade union?
This follows it’s very predecessor post nearly in the same name as an addendum being a comment as from R.S. Pandey, a versatile writer. It’s not confined to a mere comment but has fully assumed the characteristic of a full fledged write-up dealing with the relative theme philosophically like Annie Besant did while writing on Mira Bai. It is reproduced here:
Sir, the subject of the post – Love – has been fiercely discussed and debated from the times immemorial. The worldly as well as divine references to love have been made by the people, yet even to date, it remains one of the most confusing and misunderstood(?) term. The bonding between two creatures with contrasting characters as shown in the post which may be love, probably is the feeling of absence of fear and insecurity which might have got generated by their habitation in an atmosphere where they are cared as pets sans any violence. The feeling of mercy and compassion are there in even cruel and omnivorous beings, when it comes to taking care of their kids. The love which, in general parlance, is often equated with longing of varying nature, depending upon the context and relation, is considered of a mean nature when related to worldly relations but when related to a deity or God for that matter is considered a pious one. This piousness or otherwise of love, although being a relative phenomenon, is the real cause of confusion. When a term when associated with the so called divine is good, how it becomes bad when associated with worldly relations? After all, relations are but result of the creation of the He. The desire, both for worldly as well as divine attainments (even for sake of Moksha) are desires; how they can be classified along different parameters for which essentially the concerned person may or may not be responsible (often not)?
Sir, may be I have dared to tread in an area of which I have no insight and have no qualification or ability at all. But, as it seems to me, these are very perplexing ideas and notions which are not discussed and debated in public domain. The so called gurus try to have their own view point digested with no questions from other side. Raising questions is taken as being misbeliever or the one with no respect for gurus (the preachers who claim to be able and learned ones).
If this coincidence can give some solution to my problem, I shall be greatly obliged, although already and always so. However, seeking forgiveness for misadventure. Regards.
Just a few days back a visitor to me asked a typical question ‘Sir, how to define love in a graceful manner?’. In reply to his question I drew his attention to how Shakespeare projected it in his book ‘As you like it’. The relevant part of the story goes like this: Rosalind has her closest possible friend in Celia and there is Orlando, an athlete well built and handsome. Rosalind loves him so much but feels hesitant to express it. All the time she thinks of him but is unable to pick up necessary courage to talk to him face to face. She talks to Celia telling every thing to her in confidence. I see you are in love with Orlando and there Rosalind asked Celia to tell her actually what the love is? Celia jocularly replies “Love is but burs in our petticoat”##. The man concerned laughed loudly asking me question after question but I had to call it a time to him concluding the talks. I told him such an expression is in a lighter way but love is something eternal ecstasy at the pinnacle, serene and Divine.
## Actually bur is a tiny crispy leave with a pinny top that pinch and pierce the inner side of womens lower clothing. In India this grass is called latjeera.
In its latest avatar as State Bank of India with its predecessor entities like Imperial Bank of India and Bank of Bengal (one of the three Presidency banks in the then British ruled India) it has its own rules of Law to run its administration with its present incumbent as Chairperson Mrs. Arundhati Bhattacharya committedly, say blindly, following Her Masters voice as from the Government of India even if it bluntly violates the provisions of State Bank of India Act and its various sets of rules for example say pension issues concerning the retirees of the Bank of all cadres. When she took over from her predecessor as Chairman there were cheers all over expecting the ills in the Bank remedied but it was only a delusion. Her predecessor P. Chaudhary was neck deep involved in NPA notoriety in the Bank and Mrs. Bhattacharya failed to do any better. On personnel areas and workforce side, welfare channels were considerably slashed practically putting a curb on compassionate appointments. Window dressings are there here and there but that’s only for name sake without any tangible a surface. It was in later 1960s that Scheme of Compassionate Appointments was introduced by the Bank at my instance and now seeing it gone subdued in administrative manipulations is a painful sight. Like it is a global scenario for countries encroaching upon the land of other countries, the Indian top Bank State Bank too is all out to expand its empire by taking over some bank or the other from time to time with a resolution to adopt as many as possible banks within a year adding quantitative strength to it as qualitative strength is out of question because banks to be taken over are all weak banks themselves unable to stand on their legs –it is their weakness that is to transcend to State Bank and not any plus factor except number. Overall scenario for SBI is in a minus digression.
History changes from dynasty to dynasty and new names are given to erstwhile stalwarts. The government in the saddle in India are out to do this with rabbit’s speed with an attempt to win over the support, say political support, as from the masses. Democracy is supposed to be by the people and for the people. As a slogan it sounds so attractive but practically it is not. Whosoever are the people running the government go by their choices and favour and at times it looks like a dictator’s role and not that of a democrat. The news that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s name is being removed from the text books in schools and colleges. Ignoring the great personality like Pt. Nehru, the very architect of present day India, is sans any sense, it is rather a sin. Howsoever popular the present day leadership could manage to be there is no match to a leader like him. Even if people are loyal and sincere to the masses in the country they have no reason to abandon the past in the context of the freedom Movement. The leadership that won the struggle for freedom to India in fact deserves to be worshipped and any move to erase them or their images amounts to an anti nation act deserving condemnation by all committed followers of the most historical an event like freedom movement of the country. If not corrected, the move to eradicate the images of the champions of the freedom movement has but to be condemned by the people of the country.