It is generally said that politicians habitually speak with a forked tongue- implying that they say one thing and mean another. They behave in a duplicitous manner. They say one thing but do something very different.
A few weeks ago 'in the backdrop of the drought situation which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described as "bad", Congress and UPA government planned to go on austerity mode with party chief Sonia Gandhi asking her MPs and MLAs to accept a 20 per cent cut in salaries for a year'.
But it appears that two of the government's own ministers, Krishna and Tharoor 'have been staying in five-star hotels, in the national capital for the past three months in the absence of official accommodation'.
And now Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has said that 'he believes a politician has a “duty” to lead an austere life at all times'.
Saying one thing and doing another is not a new tendency. But today, we tend to justify it.
In earlier times the tendency of a good or righteous person to think, speak, and act in the same manner was extolled.
This is evident in the following Subhaashit.
यथा चित्तं तथा वाचो यथा वाचस्तथा क्रियाः l
As (their) thoughts are, so is (their) speech, as their speech is, so are their actions,
चित्ते वाचि क्रियायां च साधूनामेकरूपता ll
Thus, the thoughts, the words, and the actions of good/ righteous persons are identical.
I think we could do with some such persons in Indian politics today!