Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Nation of Mediocrity

I know someone called Mr. M. He is a civil engineer and works for a government body. Mr M has always been a very intelligent person. He a gold medalist ME in structural engineering. Everyone in his office regards him as an efficient worker. Recently he got into an argument with the chairman of his office. The chairman happens to be a political figure with no knowledge of civil engineering and little knowledge of anything else.

"Mr. M, I know that you are intelligent and and efficient worker. However, I don't give a dam about your talents. I want you to do as I tell you and I'm not going to listen to anything you say."

A few days earlier, another person in the same office exchanged a piece of banter with Mr. M. This other person is eligible to be only a sub-engineer but is an executive engineer (which is two rungs up in terms of rank) due to preferencial treatment under the system of caste based reservation.

"Now that you are finally executive engineer you should try and get some work done now instead of politics to get promotions." said Mr. M.

"Sir, you worked sicerely all your life, what did you get? Politics is what I like to do and this is what I'll keep doing." said that person.

Mr. M has now taken a furlough and is sitting comfortably at home.

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