History of Treachery in India
Tryst with treachery in India is rather ancient. However at first, I will refer to two namely Jaichand and Mir Jafar. Have you ever met any person in India with identical name? No and never. Their treacherous conduct is too well known. However one name is not so notorious. He is Gulab Singh. People do name Gulab but reason is that his treachery is not too well known.
Jaichand is also spelled as Jai Chandra and has a wiki page devoted to him here. According to this page the betrayal of Jaichand is fictional. As if history is not fictional. As per another wiki page, Jaichand was king of Kannouj and there was no Prithviraj Chouhan.
As regards Mir Jafar, it is too recent to falsify. He is a character which is also part of French History. Mir Jafar, was the commander in the army of Nawab of Bengal Siraj-Ud-Daulah. He betrayed Siraj ud-Daulah to become the next Nawab. Thus after helping the British defeat Siraj ud-Daulah he became the new Nawab of Bengal in 1757 with military support from the British East India Company as a reward for his betrayal. Wiki page on Mir Jafar affirms this. Continue reading
We are the centre of our universe. Relationships are based on our expectations. The least we expect is that the other person should care for us. But that is the least. Expectations are often immense. Immense expectations have immense impossibilities. Ambitions do not make life any easier. Some people expect that they are entitled to behave like irresponsible adolescent while expecting others to foot the bill.
He was here last year. Actually it is a strange coincidence. He was here on 12th July last year, when I had called him and here he was again by coincidence on 12th July 2013 again. I had given him an offer last year to avoid litigation. He agreed but afterwards he flew away, he chose to ignore it. It is always a matter of curiosity for me and as also for people with western education: Why people lie with such optimistic view of impunity of non-consequence?
Every person seems to have his own definition of honesty. A corrupt official would justify his corrupt actions by other good things he is doing for the public. A tax evading businessman will justify with the consolation that he is dishonest with Government and is not robbing the poor people. Those grifting every one, justify by saying that people deserve this.
Thus the question:
What is honesty? And more importantly, Why be honest?
Truth is often relative to perception. But let’s leave that for another time when we discuss mind games. It appears that fair dealing is most proximate to honesty in behaviour. Fair dealing is also the most simple and practical form of honesty. We must not do something to others, that we do not want others to do to us. The hypocrisy in following this standard makes us dishonest in our living.
There may be higher standards of honesty. For example revealing our thoughts. We often do not do it. But asking people to do something for one reason, while we hide the real motive is not only crooked but is sheer manipulation and is worst form of dishonesty.
Why be honest?
At the outset I must confess that my opinion is biased for it is based on my perception. But so is everything I say or write.
Principle of honesty is like traffic rules. On empty street nothing matters. But if there if traffic and vehicle do not obey rules, it results in chaos.
In practical example when we deviate from our centre of honesty we provide an excuse to others to be dishonest. It starts a game in which new lies are spun around manipulative schemes and thrown upon each other. A game of enticing deceptions. Living becomes surviving these traps. New frontiers of deceptions are drawn and erased everyday and one day one of the parties collapses either financially or physically or psychologically. Finally the hell is over for the exiting party to the game of dishonesty.
Hence the conclusion:
Honesty is still the best policy!
© Sandeep Bhalla