05 April, 2010
Two party workers from Prashant’s political party were discussing with each other about Prashant. The first person says, “Did you notice, yesterday Prashant became emotional during the campaign while addressing the voters. I don’t think that is good for the party. People might think he is not strong to give a solid and strong reply to the comment made by Raghav, “I don’t think he is a leader”. Second person says while nodding in yes, “I observed several times as well that he counters with lots of emotions instead placing forward a strong and attractive response to anyone’s attack, as Raghav does. Yes, you are right. This might lower Prashant’s admiration and effectiveness as a leader in common peoples’ opinion which might cost him winning the election”. Suddenly they realise that the party slogan is coming up and they shouted with absolute zeal and enthusiasm, “PEOPLE FIRST IN EVERY WAY- YOUR LIFE FIRST IN EVERY WAY.”
On the other side of the city, Raghav’s party workers were shouting his party’s slogan, “BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL-DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL”. Their enthusiasm while shouting could be felt tremendously by the roaring reverberation from a long distance. Raghav was on the stage addressing people during an election rally. He says, “There were many incompetencies in the earlier government and because of that they could not deliver what should have been delivered to you people. Government is for people but they were always involved in creating mistakes and then spending time and money to fix those mistakes, not utilising funds properly, not creating opportunities for further development, did not provide any vision for better development and infrastructure. In the end, all of you were deprived of your dues. The government took your money and your time to fix their own problems and the disorder created by them. That money and time if were utilised well, scenarios would have been different for you and for your city. The life of each and every person sitting here would have been different; more money, more facilities, more success and in the end, a better life. The time has come to show the earlier government that you are not fool and you do understand and appreciate the worth of better governance. If they cannot work for the people you will throw them down, very hard. The time has come. The change is necessary and inevitable now and that necessity is yours. We are here to be the catalyst and medium to fulfil those necessities of yours”. Raghav closes his speech by saying, “Our party is the only party which will work on those necessities. BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL-DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL”.
In the same rally, two workers of Raghav’s were talking. One says, “You know Prashant is a gem guy. I admire his way of thinking. His idea of being a leader is different than Raghav’s. His speeches are profound and penetrating and touch a person to his deepest emotions. Sometimes people get overwhelmed by his speeches. I think he will attract most voters. And personally, I did not support Raghav’s statement that Prashant is not a leader. Other person adds, “Yes, I agree. The approach and deliverance of his speeches are impressive. That indicates, he has good command of his thoughts and this attribute makes him a good leader. I think the emotions in his speeches will turn out to be his best weapon in wining this election”. On that first person proceeds again, “I don’t think he is using those emotions as weapon. That’s absolutely him with those emotions. He is not faking those emotions for the election. I wish Raghav has that emotional side as well”. Suddenly they shout the slogan, “BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL-DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL”.
Prashant and Raghav both have been doing political rallies for the past two months. After finishing each rally, both of them would go under deep introspection. Not because they felt that they have done something wrong and they have to fix that, rather contemplate more on the perceptions of workers about them. They could sense that some worker don’t approve them while some were trustworthy and loyal towards the party. They knew that the workers in second category would do their best to make the party win. They could not figure out, after several introspections, what they are deficient of to make all the workers to think same and work towards winning the party.
10 February, 1988
After two hours of exhausting and strenuous session of football with other team Prashant and Raghav sat together side by side, after all the team members had left the field. Sometimes they do that after the game. They felt happy every time they did that. Sometimes they talk on random things, other times they would just sit silently. Sitting together would make them to go into undefined detachment from the world. This was an unnoticeable influence of each others on each of them. Whenever they sit together they just go into deep thoughts. Subconsciously, they appreciated the time sitting together, whether they talk or not.
This evening, similar to many other evenings, they were quiet but little thoughtful. However, the moment did not last for long, Raghav asked Prashant, “Hey Man! How is your crush? I saw her yesterday, she was looking gorgeous. Why don’t you make some move and try to talk and be friendly with her”. As usual, Prashant just blushed without saying any word. The blush was momentarily this time and almost immediately Prashant went back in his thoughtful state again. After taking some moments Prashant realised that Raghav is trying to have a conversation and says, “I feel shy, you know that. I haven’t talked to so many girls yet. I am scared of making any mistake and end up just hurting her or myself”. Raghav chides, “Oh! Come on. If you keep thinking that way, you cannot talk to any girl ever. Just talk without thinking too much about it. On that Prashant just made an acknowledging sound, hmm, with a nod.
Prashant and Raghav were almost of same age, lived in a same locality, and studied in same class in the same school. They were friends since childhood. They shared nice moments of friendship; going school together, eating, playing and studying together. They are 12 years old in 1988. Since last six months, they both felt that there is something that is not going well between two of them. But they couldn’t figure out what was that. Similar to every other kid at this age, they didn’t bother much as well about that and continued their friendship as before, as if they didn’t observe or notice anything.
Prashant was little quiet, more observant and would think about other’s emotions, behaviour before acting or saying something since early age. On the contrary, Raghav was more talkative, outgoing, a little aggressive and, always wished to be first in everything. They were not able to figure out these personality traits on each other’s at this young age. They were just good friends. Usually, friends of such personality differences influence each other but they were not affected by each other which indicated they are of strong personalities. As they were growing up, the differences in their personalities were growing stronger and noticeable.
But before they could observe the growing differences, in 15 March, 1988, Raghav with his parents moved to a new house. Raghav were admitted to a new school in 25 April, 1988. Now the distance between Prashant and Raghav’s new house is 20 km. Before leaving, Prashant bid farewell to Raghav. And since then, they never met.
23 August, 1992
Raghav made many friends in the new school. Being extrovert and talkative, he could easily be part of a large groups and gradually he became popular in many groups. He was captain of the football team in the school. Whole team would practice for two hours after the classes for a match next month with another football team of other school. The coach was working hard with Raghav and other team members. The coach had energetic and contagious enthusiasm and passion. During the practice sessions, he would shout, “Guys be independent, work on your strength, raise your own bar and we will win”. Raghav was an excellent fast forward player. He could win the ball and would carry for a long time to shoot the goal while dogging opponent’s defence. During and after each practice session, Raghav was getting influenced more and more by the coaches’ words “guys, be independent, work on your strength”. Raghav caught that idea readily. He thinks, “The coach is right; we should work on our individual strengths and so that whenever one gets opportunity, that opportunity never gets wasted”. He would ask his team’s defenders to give him long and high pass from their own’s half and would additionally ask some of his team members to try to stop him from shooting the goal. He was raising his skills of wining the ball, controlling it and shooting into the goal. Being influenced by the coach, he would conjointly ask other team members to work on their own skills. The whole team practised for a month and then, the day has come. Raghav’s team played excellent. The game was intense and interesting. The opponent scores two goals during the first half of the game. It was huge pressure now on Raghav’s team to shoot the goals. Raghav’s team was struggling to beat the defenders of the opponent. But they could not succeed until the last few minutes of first half when suddenly a defender of Raghav’s team shoots the ball towards opponent’s half, while Raghav was luckily behind the defender of the opponent, he catches the ball, while dogging a defender; he hits a curvy shot into the goal, just near the goal post.
After the half time break, Raghav’s team was still under huge pressure. They have to score two goals to win the game. The opponent’s defenders were excellent, not letting the ball taken away easily by Raghav’s forwards and midfielders. They find it extremely tricky to keep and pass the ball towards the goal post. Fifteen minutes were remained before end of the game. Everyone was sweating and gasping badly but the passion and zeal to win the game kept Raghav’s team trying hard. Raghav was in extreme pressure. He was in the defending area of the opponent. He sees one of his midfielder is passing the ball successfully. The midfielder started to dodge opponent’s forwards and midfielders while moving towards opponent’s goal. Raghav realising that runs quickly passing the defending line with the hope that his midfielder would pass the ball to him. As guessed, he gets a sudden strong and fast long shoot by the midfielder. He controls the ball quickly and shoots straight into the goal. Raghav and his team celebrated this goal enthusiastically. The goal was a good relief to Raghav’s team. During the celebration Raghav affirms his defenders and midfielder, just one long shot towards me guys, just one more. Now it was just seven minutes before end of the game. The level of anxiousness in Raghav was increasing with every fraction of second. His team’s midfielders and defenders were trying every possible opportunity to shoot the ball at Raghav. But they were not getting any success at that. Last one minute of the game, a forward from Raghav’s team somehow, with lots of struggle, manages to get hold of the ball. Seeing that Raghav starts running towards opponent’s goal as he moves closer to the goal with less defenders of opponents around him, his team mate gives a quick pass to Raghav. Without any delay, Raghav just showed the ball the direction into the goal. They win the game in last few seconds of the second half.
The whole experience from practice sessions to winning this match established the idea of being independent while working on own’s strengths in Raghav’s mind. He thinks now, “Yes, if a person has strong strengths and he is independent he can be successful with or without being dependent on others. Because people’s strategy cannot be predicted well and but you are dependent on others then you should keep changing your strategies to make it happen which is a complicated task. In that case, no one can master any independent or individual strength. The dependency on others might lead losing the game”.
Prashant, in the same school as before, likewise was the captain of his school football team. His team played great match during those days as Raghav’s. The only difference Prashant’s team had in their preparations was that the coach stressed the point to play together, help each other, know ones and teammate’s weaknesses and strengths and would say to work on those positives and negatives and raise your game as a team, not as an individual. Prashant’s team in a like manner won the game with two against one goal. It was a less dramatic match. The coordination, based on the anticipation among Prashant’s team members, was great that they rarely were under stress. It was a smooth game. Likewise of Raghav’s establishment upon coach’s influence, the practice sessions before the game and then experience during the actual match influenced Prashant profoundly as well. The idea of working together, building trust by knowing each other’s weakness and strengths evolve each individual as one entity in the team. If a person is falling short in something there is a definite back up available to overcome that short coming. There is more resilience and a dominant passion to win the game.
Playing football in a team, being captain of the team and get trained under the guidance of an excellent coach, Prashant and Raghav started noticing that their thinking, behavior and actions. They have been inclined and attracted to their coach’s ideology for the last two years of schooling and playing football in the team. This new inclination at this stage made them to think about their own’s liking and disliking, strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons on many matters from their early school days until now. They were forming their own ideologies constantly and regularly. This let them to be attracted towards their own inclinations and subconsciously accumulates more substances in the favour of their intrinsic ideologies which kept on increasing and strengthening. They started to form their own perception and opinion about many issues of life based on their ideologies.
08 March, 2010
After many years, when they met, they were already deep into political system; however, they were regularly being updated about each other’s party through various political discussions and reports in media without meeting each other personally. Their political parties were most prominent rival parties.
It was the night before another rally next morning. Raghav was on his bed staring at the ceiling. He was tired because of a long arduous working day. Lying on the bed, he feels the memories of his first meeting with Prashant are just flashing on the ceiling. They were in a discussion forum about the party’s vision and agenda for this election. Prashant was saying, “although we are a poor country but we have five billionaires in the list of top 100 billionaires of the world. And our countries money is in the hands of only 15% of rich people. What does it say? Hmm! The number of people living their lives in one dollar or less is around 13% of our population. However, the percentage of poor people is decreasing every year but the living standards of people are not getting any better. The difference between rich and poor in our country is striking. In this particular constituency, the poverty is higher than the national average. Our party believes that everyone should have a good standard of living. We know that this is a huge ambition. Yes, our party is ambitious. We understand that to achieve that goal is not easy. A proper distribution of money could make things a little easier. We, as society, are into so much corruption and that is one biggest reasons of accumulation of money to few people in the country. Secondly, we make our streets, parks, offices, hospitals and, in general, our surroundings dirty. This makes the government to spend lots of money, which is a significant amount, to fix that. We don’t realise how this unclean environment stimulates the propagation of viruses, bacteria, mosquitoes and pollution which eventually cause so much health issues. Common people as well as the government spend their money to recover from the health issues. Government has failed to provide or facilitates such environment which could eliminated those problems and improve people’s life. Just imagine the amount of money we can save if we are sensible enough to keep our surroundings clean. This money can be used to raise the living standards of our own people. Those are just two examples, but there are many more on which we have our agenda to work on. We will give it head start by making policies and necessary amendments. Besides those changes that can be made at government level, participation of people at their level will be as important as well to move forward to make this happen. The changes will be visible if not only participate with governance but also help each other in setting business, during illness, in education and so on. The engagement of people and public governance together could make our city and people grow at faster rate”.
Raghav still in the bed, thinking, “It is easy and quick to understand that Prashant is more on emotional side. He is indirectly urging people to introspect their ethics that manifest the morality. This made Raghav to think that Prashant is not going to win the election. He strongly believed that the people will not vote for any emotional bend. People will prefer development/money/material (which are basics for better life) or any tangible benefits over emotions in any developing country. For people the tangible benefits could be anything that can increase or save their money”.
Suddenly Raghav shifts his thoughts to his school days. Hmm, now I know why we both felt standstill in communication at some point in our school days. Prashant speech provides me all the reasons why we both used to sit silent and probably thinking that there is something missing. The missing thing is differences in our ideologies and philosophies.
In the same forum, Raghav also addressed people. He focused his talk emphasising for making better roads, new business and industries which could flow the economy more and faster, which eventually will benefit people of earning more money, and hence better life. Similar to Raghav’s feeling about Prashant’s speech, while sitting in the audience, Prashant felt the same about Raghav. Likewise he realises, “The reason of those silence and thinking about some missing thing during their growing age in school days is the difference in ideologies and philosophies. I am more towards the ideology and philosophy of making people’s life better by increasing moral and ethics of both the common people and people in governance. On the contrary Raghav is more on towards on the materialistic things that become part of people’s lives. We both are right in our own ways. We both want to improve people’s life guided by our respective ideologies”.
Raghav, while fixing his pillow, continued his thoughts. After the discussion was over they greeted each other with a handshake. Although they both were surrounded by their party people, still they could exchange some words. Raghav said, “Hey, It’s been a long time. How have you been?” Prashant replied, “Yes, it has been exactly 22 years and these years led me into this politics similar to you. I am sure; you know the life in politics”. By this time they were on exit gate. Raghav (while walking), “Hmm, I know. It’s time to go now. Good luck with the election”. Prashant replied, “I wish same for you”.
20 April, 2010
As the date of voting was approaching, the heat in the campaign was intensifying with every passing day. The party people and workers of both parties have been working with Prashant or Raghav for over a long time. There were regular meeting and discussions about increasing chances of winning the election. The influence of Prashant and Raghav’s ideologies and philosophies has seeped deep to almost each worker. However, as any group with superficial comprehension but with strong belief would behave, both party workers behaved as expected. Both party workers engaged in few incidences of clashes with each other. Few clashes were exceedingly severe that it led to serious injuries to the workers. During the clashes, Prashant’s party worker would shout at Raghav’s party worker, “How you guys say that more streets, highways or shopping mall could raise people’s life. It will just increase the divide between rich and poor. All the money would get accumulated to the rich and poor will remain poor”. They shouted every now and then “PEOPLE FIRST IN EVERY WAY-YOUR LIFE FIRST IN EVERY WAY. And we are best in every way”. On that Raghav’s people would say, “Oh! You beg people first to change their behaviour and ethics then people’s life will improve. It will improve with the infrastructure not by your sick thinking”. Likewise they would shout every now and then, “BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL-DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL”. And we are best of all. During the clashes, it appeared at many times that Prashant’s people were more organised, in terms of as a team, dominating the quarrel while Raghav’s individual members showed more zeal and yet as effective as Prashant’s people.
27 April, 2010
Towards end of the April voting took place. It was a highest record voting till date in the constituency, seventy four percent people turned up. On the fifth day after voting the results came out. Prashant and Raghav both lost it to a third person in the constituency who won marginally over both of them. As they both, Prashant and Raghav, were prominent and strong candidates, losing the election stimulated plenty of evaluations and assessments. It was a burning topic for few days in media.
15 May, 2010
When all the evaluations and assessments were over after; two elderly persons were discussing about the results over a cup of tea. They held prominent positions in different parties during their young age. Now both of them had left politics for a long time and were good friends. Kuldeep was sitting comfortably in a reclining chair while holding his head with both palms from behind and stretching crossed legs forward under the table. Balwant was holding his tea cup and saucer in his hands while taking sips once a while during the chat. The evening was magnificent from the porch they were sitting in. While taking a sip Balwant asked Kuldeep, “What do you think Kuldeep? Despite of being strong candidates they both lost. What would have happened”?
Kuldeep replied with a thoughtful gesture while staring at the floor on left side of his crossed legs, “Well, it all boils down to what people believe”.
“Yes, but how does it linked here with the outcome of Prashant and Raghav result in the election”. Balwant asks again.
“I mean to say that Prashant and Raghav believe in different ideologies but at the same time they believe in same philosophical outcome which is better life for people”. Kuldeep explains a little and takes a sip afterwards.
Balwant in agreeing mode, “Right, I am sure they know that already. I am just wondering if both of them know this then why they don’t work together for the people. After all they know now that due to division of votes between them the third party candidate had advantage and won the game”.
Kuldeep pulls his legs near to base of the chair and while putting the saucer and cup on the table replies, “This is certainly true that the third party candidate won the election due to vote’s distribution. But that’s just one reason. I strongly believe that Prashant and Raghav’s ideologies also played a significant role in the outcome. Kuldeep leans towards the table and continues, “Let me explain what I mean when I say, it all boils down to what people believe”. Prashant’s ideology is to stimulate and motivate people with high moral and ethics, in other words, he is more on emotional side. There is no harm of having such ideology as I am sure, you can connect with people’s emotion easily with that. In that case no one can beat you. The people who feel connected with you can do anything for you. In his constituency, many people would have, knowingly or unknowingly, felt connected with his ideology and voted for him. On the contrary, Raghav believes in increasing people’s income. There is no harm in his ideology as well, the increased materials stimulate happy emotions and people feel contended with that. There would be many people who got connected with his ideology and voted for him. Now see, there are two groups of people here; one believing in Prashant’s ideology and second believing in Raghav’s ideology. But the wining of the third party candidate suggests that there was a third group as well, the group who voted for this third party candidate. This group’s people might believe in the Ideology which is somewhere in between Prashant’s and Raghav’s. For them, Prashant’s ideology would be excessively sentimental while Raghav’s ideology excessively materialistic. The group who made this third party candidate won is in majority and devoid of Prashant’s or Raghav’s ideology.
Likewise, Balwant leans towards the table as well and interrupts Kuldeep in a surprisingly expression, “you are right man. This conjointly means that all three of them had the same goal but their ways to reach that goal were different. Voters caught the process and were more for the third process. Hmm, that is interesting. I am just thinking now; if all three of them, no, say if Prashant and Raghav were candidates of some other constituency the result could have been different considering that the people in that constituency might be inclined to either Prashant’s or Raghav’s ideology”.
“Possibly”, replies Kuldeep.
Balwant continues again, “Now my mind is going towards the reasons of Prashant’s and Raghav’s Ideology and philosophy. I mean, how they were disposed to their own ideologies”.
Kuldeep replies, “Well, I read somewhere that ideologies and philosophies of an individual person form both by birth, make up of DNA, and by surrounding the person grows in. How much this is true, I don’t know. But I do believe that an individual by birth or, I should say even before birth, has already created ideology and philosophy that comes with his DNA and when the person grows up he or she chooses to perceive, experience, reflect, and believe in general, according to that ideology and philosophy; Provided that if the person is not flexible to contemplate on the things which are contrary to his or her beliefs. However, if the person is flexible then he or she is influenced by what the person perceive, experience, reflect, and believe, even if it is contrary to his own beliefs. The person who is flexible has societal influence for his ideologies and philosophies while a more rigid person would be more inclined to his DNA’s ideologies and philosophies. In general, people don’t realise what they say is relative, what they think is relative, what they act is relative, what they believe is relative which is guided by their ideologies and philosophies which are also relative. The whole personality (including ideologies and philosophies) of a person is relative to something. And is influenced by past interactions of people, circumstances, challenges which are steered by their personal inclinations i.e. the genetic makeup. The influences are so many and so complex that people cannot comprehend easily by what and how their ideologies and philosophies are getting established”.
Balwant takes a large sip of the tea and says, “Right. And when the person grows up he or she accumulates substance according to the belief that makes his or her belief more robust. Maybe this is the reason now I feel that Prashant and Raghav cannot work together. Since their ideologies and philosophies are different, they would be accumulating substance, willingly or unwillingly, contrary to each other. This makes both of them to work differently, even for same thing, which might cause lots of conflicts while working together.
“To know the reasons of their ideologies and philosophies, I think, we can consider their surroundings and circumstances with which they grew up. The DNA ideology side, we can’t understand that completely but we can still try finding some partial reasons to guess”, says Kuldeep.
Balwant continues again after Kuldeep’s break, “few days ago, I read an article unfolding their background. According to the article, they both were in same school until middle school and lived in neighbouring apartments in the same society. There were close friends and used to play football together. But they grew up in different school and were football team captains. And in some interview, they mentioned that they had major influence of their football coach while playing football. Prashant mentions that his coach used to stimulate and motivate emotional bonds among the team members so that they are aware of about their weakness and strengths while Raghav says that his football coach focused on increasing individual strengths, independence and while keeping eye on the aim. This gives links of their personal inclinations. You are right Kuldeep. They grew up initially in the same society but they chose different ideologies and philosophies. Their football captain days imply something about the influence of the surrounding but we cannot figure out absolutely what were their inclinations apart of the surrounding and societal influence”.
Balwant starts in again, “We know that party workers and party people have different inclinations as well in each party. I have heard from Prashant’s and Raghav’s party workers, some of them appreciate their party leader’s way of working while others appreciate other party leaders working. But still the workers continued working in their respective parties. They stayed with them listening their leaders views and thoughts again and again for many times for many months and years. And you know, some say that, if you hear same thing again and again with absolute belief and determination then you start believing in them. This could be the reason, despite of differences initially among the workers but, they started believing in their respective leader’s ideologies and philosophies with passing days. The quarrel between Prashant’s and Raghav’s party workers indicates the workers were highly influenced by their leaders towards the end of the election. Means, Prashant’s ideologies and philosophies became ideologies and philosophies of his party workers’ and Raghav’s ideologies and philosophies became his party workers’. Here, we can take a lesson that people who are in leadership position such as teacher, politician, mentor etc should be careful about what they are projecting in terms of their actions and thoughts, in other words, their ideologies and philosophies. Since that will influence thinking and behaviour of many people. In the end, the influence, at some degree, will form and establish the thinking and behaviour of the society”.
After listening to that Kuldeep says (in a joking manner), “Wow Balwant, you can make deep conversations as well. I am impressed”. He winks while finishing the sentence and continues again, “On a serious note, yes, you are right. This whole discussion of ours about Prashant and Raghav additionally suggests us that a single aim/goal/truth can be perceived in many ways depending on an individual’s ideologies and philosophies. One form attracts one individual other attracts other individual, depending on their relative sense about any matter.
Balwant says, “About party workers thinking, in Prashant’s party there were people who detested him and thought he is not a good leader but there were also people who appreciated him and thought he is good man and an excellent leader. Similarly, in Raghav party some detested him while some admired him.
Kuldeep adding to Balwant statements, “And I am sure, those who hated Prashant and thought he is a bad person were appreciated and admired by many workers in the party who appreciated and admired Prashant and thought he is a good person. Similar case would be in Raghav’s party. Now the question is, if A admires B and think he is good person while B loathes C and think he is a bad person and at the same time A admires C and thinks he is good person and C loathes A and thinks he is bad person. This concludes with the question, How do we decide who is a good person and who is a bad person?
Balwant replies in a joking manner, “Well, well, well, it is getting complicated my friend. Let’s stop it here. But if I have to answer that, I would say, it all boils down to what an individual believe based on the person’s subconscious relative sense aka “theory of relativity”, and started laughing. Kuldeep also joins him with his loud laugh.
They finish their last sip of the tea while imbibing the serene ambience of the evening and continued talking for some more time on random things.