Relevance and Context

About ColNarinder Singh Malhan

Colonel Narinder Singh Malhan was commissioned from Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. On having served for almost four decades in Indian Army, he loves to share his experiences through his writings. In his opinion, every life has a lot to unfold. Each life is unique and is an historical document with its own identity. He strongly feels, real discovery is through introspection by looking back in own time. He believes, sharing own experiences are like revisiting life's milestones with more intensity. He thoroughly enjoyed his journey in uniform.

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Martin Luther King said, “There comes a time when one must take a stand that is neither safe, nor politic nor popular, but because his/her conscience tells him/her so.” This defines limits of objectivity embedded within self and outside as one relates. Optimum clarity will exist with a vision, which exists without biases.

I am reminded of an organization, where relevance was deduced from the place or the state to which these members of the management came from. Relevance to merit was of triviality. This organization existed with the aim to manage housing society administrative issues. They had the mandate for three years. Their efficiency or inefficiency or their vision was to have a visible impact on all residents.

What were the consequences? It became a state of stand still, everything came to a stop. No one was primed to work. Continuing to be a member became an end itself. Beautiful parks converted into complete wilderness of grassland. They provided ideal home to mosquitoes. Presence of snakes could not be ruled out. Decorative plants changed their status into untamed bushes. It was the state of gloom and an age of darkness.

Their incompetence did not seem to matter to a select support group, in particular. Affiliations worked to their advantage. These associations provided adequate oxygen to sustain them in their mission to nowhere. Deliberate ignorance was an ideal case study into their bliss. It was murder of a naked truth. Farce of truthfulness appeared to be skin deep. Brave people must state truth even to the extent of being blunt. This appeared to hold no good for these weak people. Larger interests of the society appeared to matter to none. Their mission appeared to be directionless and grossly aimless like a kite without a controlling thread in place. Men could exist with the web of this much obscurity, was my latest dynamic discovery through the journey. At this age, it gave a shock to me on discovering layers of gloom and darkness, which existed to its extremes. Anyway, it made me better prepared to absorb shocks in future.

These people from one state were united as a group. That provided strength to them. They spent time together in different forms. They were together in the morning walks to start with. Subsequent to this dawn ritual, they spent almost an hour or so in society parks sitting together. This provided them with a social diet. This worked as an unifying force to bind them together as a group at the cost of their utter incompetence. Being part of this group, they were killing their more-than-spare-time together and that too without any meaningful conclusion. The best part was that they showered undeserved praises on each other. This kept them pepped up in their pursuit of gross ignorance in their guiding vision.

Their grouping purely based on their roots connected to a particular geographical area, weakening the fiber of love and affection among residents. This sowed the seeds of bad blood by imposing their agenda of darkness. People, in general, looked at them down as a bunch of manipulators. Most strange was that they appeared to overlook the existence of their own survival. It appeared so visible that they were not even sparing their own roots from the blows of ineptitude and plot of fabrication. They gave a big bluster to reputation which is deeply embedded in own roots. Their actions were inimical to their own good existence.

It had its own advantages through better clarity in my hallucination. It came with better precision and clearness that strength of an idea is through relevance and its context. In case, relevance to merit stands tall, everything will fall at its rightful place.


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