Friday, January 01, 2010

The Strong Survive, The Weak Are Sacrificed

अश्र्वं नैव गजं नैव व्याघ्रं नैव च नैव च l
अजापुत्रं बलिं दद्याद्देवो दुर्बलघातकः ll

Neither a horse (अश्र्वं नैव), nor an elephant (गजं नैव) (is sacrificed in a ritual). A tiger is never sacrificed (व्याघ्रं नैव च नैव च).

(However) a goat is sacrificed (अजापुत्रं बलिं दद्यात्). (Even) God destroys (only) the weak (देवो दुर्बलघातकः).

This Subhaashit tells us that the strong survive, but the weak are sacrificed. In earlier times, during a ritual requiring a sacrifice, the stronger animals like the elephant or the tiger were never sacrificed. However, the goat, being weak, was usually sacrificed.

From time to time we read in the newspapers that a clerk in some government office has been booked for taking a bribe of fifty Rupees. It is common knowledge that government officials demand, and are given, bribes of many times that amount. But they are seldom caught.

If a scam in a ministry is exposed, it is usually the lower officials who are punished. The Minister and higher officials generally use their influence or hire expensive lawyers, and manage to escape punishment.

After the terror attack in Mumbai last year, a lone terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, was captured. His trial is now nearing completion, and very likely he will be judged guilty and sentenced. However, it is unlikely that the masterminds who orchestrated the attack will be punished.


Vinod_Sharma said...

Lambs to the slaughter all. The weak are always sacrificed. But in India, we have a knack of making even the weak, if they are not Indians, look much better than they are. Kasab is a fine example.

The lesson perhaps is that to catch the strong, you have to become stronger than them.

manju said...

Yes, we have certainly made Kasab look better and more important than he is. Killer, he of course, is, but really just a tool in the hands of others.

Renu said...

This post ie an eye opener in the beginning. Its easy to punish the weak. But in case Of kasab, I feel he is the weak getting punished, but he is a part of that bigger plan and eqaully responsible for that heinous crime,
and this made me think that may be weak are punished, because its they who practically go all out to perpetrate the crime, bigger ones only the wrongs are there in their minds only, they wont happen, till the weak take the blame is more for weak people.

manju said...

Renu- Kasab is certainly guilty of participating in the terror attack, and I hope that he gets a harsh sentence.

I know that many would agree with what you have said. However, I do not agree that those who only plan are less guilty. In my opinion, they are guilty to even a greater extent than those who actually commit the act.

But I consider our own countrymen who gave them assistance, the guiltiest. If it were up to me, I would award them the harshest punishment, even though they did not take part in the attack, not did they plan it!

Renu said...

yes , nothing could happen without the connivance of some people who did it for money and they should be punished first.