That does not give him license to go for a ham headed approach and bully around people. If one is incompetent he should admit that he is!
Moreover he is there to serve the people and not run his own writ!
‘You are surrounded by ignorance and arrogance in case as a government official you start misbehaving. This leads to a thinking amongst the people that you think you know everything. But it is not the case. The people here in District Poonch especially those staying on the borders have been hit hard by the circumstances in the past and in the present it is the virus that is taking the toll, so they know the realities of life. Such nonsensical behavior which the Assistant Director showed was not at all a civilized one! The people then are inclined to think that your (in this case Assistant Director Sheep Farm Balnoi, District Poonch) lie will cost my trust, your arrogance will cost me everything thus the officials should behave in a gentlemanly manner because he is supposed to be dignified and not arrogant. The small man is arrogant but not dignified! He should be working on this matrix and not the way one from Sheep and Husbandry high office was behaving in Balnoi’
Officials should not misbehave and especially of the Sheep and Husbandry Department because they have their work cut out in places like District Rajouri and Poonch. The people in these places make their living on cattle and seasonal agriculture. Rearing cattle and breeding goats and sheep has been their traditional occupation ever since long and hence the department has a big role to play. To be honest where they cannot reach or cannot provide the requisite assistance Indian Army has come out to support the people with the veterinary camps and they have been very popular amongst the people. Before February when the borders used to explode every now and then, it was the army who used to run the show but now when everything is calm and still it should be the department who should be taking the lead but instead incidents such as this leave a bad taste. Was it that the Assistant Director was clueless regarding what the DDC member was trying to tell him or was it that his department had created some sort of inconvenience to the people? This is not confirmed but what is known is that the Assistant Directed conducted himself poorly’.
If the locals are to be believed the officer went overboard with his heavy duty vocab which was uncivilized all the way and the reason for that perhaps the officer had no clue as how to answer the queries being asked by the DDC member Chaudhary Zafar Imran from Balnoi, Block Mankote. DDC members have been elected for a specific purpose and their job is to carry their grievances to the officialdom and mind you this is not the first time that the people have had problems with this particular department. Earlier too last year we had carried a story regarding the same and that was before the DDC elections. If a department has been set up for the people then the officials are answerable and DDC members to their representatives and that is what the essence of the phrase governance at the grass root level is. Perhaps the Assistant Director had completely forgotten about the same and that is the reason as to why this ugly situation developed. If the locals are to be believed the official had crossed all limits of decency and his conduct was unbecoming of an officer.
Was he lacking in confidence as regards the questions that were being put across to him? Confidence is when you believe in yourself and your abilities, arrogance is when you think you are better than others and act accordingly. You could say that arrogance is false confidence and that the person displaying it is overcompensating for their inner inadequacies. That was precisely what the front man of the department was doing there in Balnoi.
Imran Zaffar was just inquiring about the inconvenience that was being faced by the people which were all due to him and his lackadaisical approach to the job for which he had been deployed in Block Mankote. Maybe he or his men were not doing the job entrusted to them in a proper manner and that resulted in this heated exchange. But the people were vehement that such a misconduct and the behavior is intolerable and the senior authorities should intervene to sort out the matter. An official is there to serve the people and that is what he draws his salary for. If he cannot do his job properly he should rather quit was what Zafar was saying with the people in support!
This is an age of information and the people know as to what their problems are and how they can be sorted out. About their area they certainly have a better knowledge than the officer posted. Gone are those days when they used to be pushed over, now they will contest the decision and will speak where the officialdom is wrong. Thus the officers should get their homework right rather than throwing their weight around which in this case the Assistant Director was doing wholesomely in other words using his position to his advantage.
The people in Mendhar have come to know about one thing and that is, ‘they do matter’. Thus they will hiss at the people who intend to undermine their individuality with their false pride and intellectual stupidity. They will stand up to them as they did in this case. I cannot comment on the behavior of the officer but still there is an urge in me to ask, arrogance is believing you are right and ignorance is believing you are wrong! In such a scenario please tell me what are you incidentally? Just a human being the people call as Sahab!