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Monday, December 20, 2010

doubly distilled idiots

संसारयति कृत्यानि सर्वत्र विचिकित्सते।
चिरं करोति क्षिप्रार्थे स मूढो भरतर्षभ॥
श्री महाभरते उद्योगपर्वणि प्रजागरण 
पर्वणि
 विदुरनीत्यां  अ ३३---श्लो ३४
saṁsārayati kṛtyāni sarvatra vicikitsate|
ciraṁ karoti kṣiprārthe sa mūḍho bharatarṣabha||
srī mahābharate udyogaparvaṇi prajāgaraṇa parvaṇi
 viduranītyāṁ  a 33---ślo 34
സംസാരയതി കൃത്യാനി സര്‍വത്ര വിചികര്ഷതെ
ചിരം കരോതി ക്ഷിപ്രാര്‍ത്തെ സ മൂഡോ ഭരതര്‍ഷഭ
വിദുരനീതി
Vidhura is addressing his elder brother and King,  Dhritaraashtra, the scion of the Bharatha race..
A person who divulges to others the details of confidential duties assigned to him, one who is doubtful and suspicious in every work and who will take years and  months to complete a work which can be  performed in a very short time,  he is called a worthless idiot.
I am all praise for  the farsightedness of Vidura in predicting the work culture of a government servant of some twenty five centuries later.  Vidura called the persons endowed with the qualities of loose tongue, unwanted suspicion and inveterate procrastination as worthless idiots.  But these are the admirable qualities we find in most of us who are in the payroll of the Government.. I do not know whether the work ethics of persons in private employment are better.
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