We live in a really interesting world, but more interesting is the human mind; every human mind.
The human mind has the potential to beat any conventional notion that we may have about human relations, behaviour and even political competitions.
In a country where political parties are considered dynasties and political power is usually used to draw favours for entire clans, this is a story of one such unconventional move.
This is the story of Rajesh Kumar – a civil police officer whose postal vote led to the defeat of his mother, a BJP candidate, in the recently concluded Kerala local elections by a single vote.
Rajesh went on social media to explain why he did this and needless to say the post went viral. Here are some excerpts from the original post that is in Malayalam.
He begins his confession saying that the postal vote he cast was among the reasons for the loss that his mother suffered.
He then says that it was his conscience which led him to make the move. He compares his conscience with our honourable prime ministers and says that he feels it’s his duty to think about national good before personal wishes.
He then paints a realistic picture of Modi’s Gujarat, one that was always hidden behind the flashy PR campaigns. He tells how Gujarat was stranded on the 28th position on the educational index nationally during 15 years of Modi rajya. In rural Gujarat 70 per cent villagers defecate in the open. He also says that no Gujarati city finds a place among the top 50 clean cities of India.
“Still people who sold us fake stories of development and scared us with the humiliation of being uncouth, captured Delhi”
He then talks about how RSS gave the forward castes fake promises of ending caste-based reservation even as Modi played the reverse card by promising that such a move will never happen.
He called this plan – a double edged sword which the BJP hoped will be used by Hindus- of all caste- against other minorities with one single unified goal, a Hindu Rashtra. And then he asks a question that all of us should ask ourselves.
“Once they have vanquished all the minorities and attained utmost power, what will be or who will be the next target of this sword?”
“The love I have for my mother is not above the duty I have towards my nation. I am proud that I didn’t let that love be a hurdle in my path of doing my duty. As my mother, who helped me memorize and make the national pledge a part of my life, forgot it herself, Let this act of mine be an example which will remind it to all of us”
“Today not just Hindus but Patels, Marathis, Gurkhas and Bodos are claiming that they have woken up from an untold slumber. Is it time that we break the country into pieces and let it be run over by various millitia of the Ram Sena, Hindu Sena, Hanuman Sena kind.”
He concludes strongly with a plea:
“Dear friends we are not a generation of clueless and thoughtless people. In a bid to teach people the value of peace, Japan bore the brunt of an atom bomb. Just like that, it’s our duty to strive for a better India for our future generations. One that is secular and does not discriminate on the the basis of gender and sexual choices.”
“Our’s is a generation blessed with the chance to strive and suffer to save our country from the growing intolerance and terror. And we will not fail in our duty. Jai Hind!”
He ends the post with the vote count in his constituency where his mother lost – just by 1 vote!
We do not think he may be a hundred per cent right or wrong but it’s seldom we come across such spirits who keep national interest above family bonds. For that his post is worth a read.