Hassled advantage ‘Babudom’ holds

Lunminthang Haokip
Contd from previous issue
Besides, there are ‘pressures’ and priorities one can ignore at one’s own peril. In critical situations when contentious issues confront one to either heed to the ‘voice of conscience’ or to the more pragmatic ‘prompting of the heart.’
Great Expectations from An ‘Overrated’ Babu : The latter, unfortunately, has to prevail over the former, much to the silent ‘chagrin’ of the man on the hot-seat. Merciless comparisons of ‘predecessors’ and ‘successors’ are made with one’s balance of ‘loyalty’ tilting heavily on ‘closer proximity.’ But systems cannot change overnight with the posting of a new incumbent-in-authority.  He is no superman to wipe out ‘every tear from every eye’ or exhibit Don Quixotic chivalry in taking ‘immediate decisions’ regardless of the consequences. The bull cannot be shot with the butt facing it. Men in authority had been trained to be tactful, careful and mindful of local and community sensitivities so as to save one’s tenure from hurt and ridicule.
Disadvantage Bureaucrats : Bureaucrats are bound to act on orders from above at the risk of ignoring equally urgent ‘orders’ from ‘those who matter’ in the home-front. If the Babu gets more and more appreciation in the discharge of his duty, the reverse will be true in the family circles. Home ‘mini-stirs’ have their own agenda and the ‘power’ to emotionally ‘impose’ them on their own incumbent-hubbies who, at times, are put on a quandary by contradicting sundry calls. A domestic fuss is inevitable if the hectic schedules make the ‘man of the house’ forget a wedding anniversary or a child’s birthday.  If growing children lag behind others in school or college, the ‘bechara’ father is squarely blamed for “not giving ‘pura’ attention like ‘so and so’s hubby.” Mid-level Babus with lesser responsibility score better in guiding children’s education. Heavy-duty officers also have the best of ambitions for their sons and daughters. But time is at a premium. When the calls of official duty and family duty are at odds with one another, ‘imagined’ feathers desired to be capped on children’s academic performance, are often dispensed with for holistic  ‘paapi pet ka sawaal.’
Let Us Support Our Babus : All said and done, having left only a few aspects of Babu-dom undone, let us have a heart for this class of non-elective administrative policy-makers who work overtime for the masses to oversee that necessary daily demands get done in the best manner. Civil Government is an institution of the Creator, apart from the family and the Church. It was in existence right from the time of Moses. Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, advised the ordained Servant of God, “Thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, …. and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens (Exodus 18:21).” God also commands us to obey those in authority: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God (Romans 13:1).”