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Can we forget to treat our elders with respect in politics?
"Our elders fought to keep Sunning Rocks in our territory. Many of them lost their lives, giving up their last breath for stones that belong to us. Can we give up where they did not, turn tail and flee when they kept fighting so that their kits could hunt and play and bask on these rocks? Will you fight with me now, in honor of all our elders and all our unborn kits?"- Erin Hunter, Code of the Clans

Famous Urdu Poet Faiz Ahmed 'Faiz' had once said, "Hameen chaman men payam-e-bahar laye the, hameen chaman se liye hasrat-e-bahar chale" (We were the one who had swept the garden with refreshing breeze, now, we are the same individuals deprived of the pleasure, leaving the garden heartbroken).

Not very long ago, I had a brush with the owners of the establishment I served. It was about the problem of retrenchment of senior employees. I was asked to arrange the 'full and final settlement' of several workers who had crossed a certain age. Management had a feeling that they were no more as productive as the reward they received.

We needed fresh blood and more productive team. My argument was that their loyalty, longevity and experience can't be equaled or measured. Further pressurized, I told my bosses that we do not throw the string-cot of our parents outside the boundary wall when they grow old. My arguments did cost me dear and management finally got their way.

Today, I'm feeling the same as I read the news that senior leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi may not find a place in either the BJP parliamentary board or its central election committee which are set to be reconstituted by the party president Amit Shah. Instead, in order to accommodate them, the BJP is contemplating forming a 'Margdarshak Mandal', which will be an advisory board providing guidance to the new leadership.

The ailing Atal Bihari Vajpayee apart from a few other senior leaders may also be included in it. Sources say that Shah wants these panels to have only active leaders rather than senior names who can't be expected to do the kind of work he wants at the ground level towards the goal of a "BJP or BJP-led government from Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala, and from Gujarat to Nagaland".

The central election committee has 18 members, including Vajpayee, Joshi and Advani. I0t is believed that Shah's style of functioning is different. He wants people who can work hard and bring results rather than just give advise and criticise.

I often pray God to give me a shorter life as I am not capable to face the humiliations our politicians often suffer at the hands of so-called young turks.

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