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Deficit of ethics in NBMM and BMDC

Rebati Mohan Sinha

In reference to BN Sinha's article "Adding Fuel to Fire".


The first step of a fire fighting operation is a reconnaissance to search for the origin of the fire. A fire can be extinguished by taking away any of the three components—heat, fuel or air.

If life is a journey, and the human being is the vehicle, then the best fuel for a successful completion of this journey is love. When we substitute some other emotion and make it our central core, our fuel, the vehicle obviously cannot perform as it should be. The journey would no longer smooth, but jumpy, noisy, bouncy, uncomfortable, and prone to frequent breakdowns, and constantly needing other’s help to set it right. Every human being is a source of this fuel called love. We are capable of producing love 24 hrs a day, endlessly. Love is our natural state. Love works slowly as compared to its opposite emotion, namely fear and hate. If you want to get a group of people together for a common cause under a common banner, love for something might take years to unite them and at the same time hate and fear can work in a matter of minutes.

In our society, we never try to find the root cause of fire; had it been found and tried to extinguish, people would say, he/she speaks against the administration. BN Sinha has rightly pointed out that it is due to our gene. I do appreciate his thought.

There is a deficit of ethics in running of NBMM as well as BMDC. There has been erosion of people’s faith in these organizations. Their confidence in present committees, especially office bearers has declined. People’s trust in presidentship, including the chairmanship of BMDC has collapsed. The integrity among the officebearers is being questioned. The administrations are at its lowest ebb. The morale of the committee members is low. The situation is too deleterious for the society. There is too much at stake for too many in such a situation.

An organization registered under Society Act 1860 for educational, cultural, scientific and social welfare of the people, we would realize that when it at the brink of collapse, it is due to clash of personalities and failed relationship. Interestingly, 80% of our fulfillment comes from our key relationships that are satisfactory. Without such relationships we feel incomplete.

The clash of personalities and failed relationship occur, when the person, at the helm of affairs, feels himself, that (1) his image is bigger than the organization because without him it cannot run; (2) he never be wrong, and always correct; and (3) he or she is superior to his fellowmates. Many more examples can be quoted.

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