Woman's Era - - Editorial -

Dur­ing Sa­ma­jwadi Party chief Akhilesh Ya­dav’s visit to Aza­m­garh – Lok Sabha con­stituency of his fa­ther Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav – to hon­our war wid­ows, party work­ers got a pre­tender to re­ceive an award just to avoid fer­ry­ing the real re­cip­i­ent, 94-yearold Ra­soolan Bibi from her vil­lage in Ghazipur to the venue. Ra­soolan Bibi is the widow of Com­pany Quar­ter­mas­ter Hav­il­dar Ab­dul Hamid, who fought gal­lantly in 1965 Indo- Pak war and re­ceived posthu­mously In­dia’s high­est mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tion the Param Vir Chakra for his ac­tions (of de­stroy­ing Pak­istani Pat­ton tanks with mere ma­chine gun) dur­ing the war be­fore suc­cumb­ing to his in­juries. Bibi and her fam­ily watched footage of the hon­our cer­e­mony on tele­vi­sion and brought it to light.

In­ter­est­ingly, ni­ether Bibi nor her fam­ily mem­bers recog­nise the re­cip­i­ent if she is a close or dis­tant rel­a­tive of theirs. But the pre­tender know­ing fully well that she is not the de­serv­ing per­son re­ceived the hon­our. Sa­ma­jwadi Party had lost Assem­bly elec­tions this year and its scion Akhilesh is try­ing to boost his as well as his party’s im­age among the peo­ple through such good­will ges­tures and some­times seems to be act­ing like a par­al­lel au­thor­ity in the state. There is noth­ing wrong in hon­our­ing war vet­er­ans or their sur­vivors for the sac­ri­fices that they have made for the coun­try. But such petty mis­takes turn en­tire good­will into farce.

Noth­ing but an ea­ger­ness to woo back the vot­ers is to blame for such silly mis­take. Sa­ma­jwadi Party has been bat­tling with in­ter­nal dis­sen­sion and con­flict to cap­ture the top lead­er­ship. Th­ese fac­tors had caused party’s ouster from power. Party’s founder Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav would be a spent force by the time next elec­tions are held. Then, this bat­tle will only in­te­sify, as there are so many con­tes­tents from among the Ya­dav clan who are eye­ing the top lead­er­ship. So, Akhilesh has to pro­ject a per­sona of fu­ture leader ac­cept­able to all. As for the cur­rent farce, he is yet to get a con­vinc­ing rea­son for the goof- up. He has to be more care­ful in fu­ture. Main­tain­ing pub­lic con­tact is right, but such things can boomerang.

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