My silence is sonorous and sublime
Father: Yes, my son.
Son: Opposition is demanding resignation of our PM for his alleged
involvement in Coalgate.
Father: That’s very unfortunate, my son.
Son: Why father?
Father: He’s such a nice guy that nobody can dare raise his finger on
his integrity. You know, both past US President Bush and present President Obama take pride in regarding him their best personal friend.
Son: That is a matter of pride for us all Indians. But, father, he was
the minister in charge of Coal Ministry when all this happened.
Father: He’s such a simple and innocent gentleman that he didn’t, even for a moment, doubt that persons around him would betray his faith and confidence in them and exploit his innocence and simplicity.
Son: Father, in spite of all that, as minister incharge he remains responsible for all the acts of omission and commission of his colleagues and subordinates.
Father: That he has explained on August 27 in one sentence: ”My general attitude has been “Hazaaron Jawabon Se Acchi Hai Meri Khamoshi, Na Jaane Kitne Sawaalon Ki Aabru Rakhe” (My silence is better than a thousand answers. It protects the dignity of innumerable questions).
Son: What a great quote, father! From today I am his great admirer,
fan and follower.
Father: You should be. I am glad.
Son: In future, when you get angry with me I will also adopt my PM’s
golden principle of silence. I will not answer questions you ask me in anger. That only creates further problems and tension. You know “Hazaaron Jawabon Se Acchi Hai Meri Khamoshi, Na
Jaane Kitne Sawaalon Ki Aabru Rakhe”.
Father: No, no. You can’t do that. You will always remain answerable,
accountable to me. You cannot save your skin like that. I will always want my answers.
Son: No father, I will follow my prime minister. The nation has
accepted his words. I will follow his example even in the
criminal case of dacoity pending in court against me. When the court will ask me whether I plead guilty to the charge, I will neither say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but just repeat my PM’s words, “Hazaaron Jawabon Se Acchi Hai Meri Khamoshi, Na Jaane Kitne Sawaalon Ki Aabru Rakhe”. Father, will that be sufficient proof of my innocence?
Father: Ask them, my son.