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Discretion is the better part of valour Shri Mahohar Parrikar
No, there was no fun in watching a Union Minister urinate at a public place. He is as much Indian as the rest of us – not from Mars. We all carry a lot of latent shortcomings within us.

However, an undated picture of Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh urinating in public has put the BJP in a spot as the picture went viral on social media on Thursday. The nation's thirst for civilized fun and humor was satiated but in a skewed way. I feel pity for the minister who, however, defended himself, saying there was no urinal for long distances on National Highway 28 near Pipara when he wanted to relieve himself. His intention was not wrong. He said the photograph was of a dhaba (roadside eatery) on the national highway. The photograph showed the minister urinating on a wall, believed to be in his home constituency Purvi Champaran (East Champaran), as two security personnel stood guard.

Yes, the cynics were right saying it showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachch Bharat programme in poor light.But it's a closed chapter to me and I think Shri Narendra Modi is also satisfied with the minister's response as no further action seems to be in the pipe line..

At best, it was an innocuous social and cultural blunder of high optics. There was nothing at stake except the body fluid that squirted out of him to his greater relief. It was neither a GST nor earth shaking issue; it was not even a policy statement. After all, BJP is still enjoying the extended honeymoon period that defies logic and even common sense. But nothing succeeds like success. All is marble for BJP and nothing seems to hurt it these days. 

However, when an ex-Defence Minister boasts about a historical action in slapdash style and whimsical way which has several dimensions, serious implications and dangerous repercussions, then unmistakably, that Faux Pas reflects over his intelligence as well as the government's serious thought process.

Speaking before a gathering of industrialists in Panaji, the Goa Chief Minister said, "The surgical strikes against militants in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) was planned 15 months in advance."

Let the readers recall June 4, 2015 when Northeastern militant group NSCN-K ambushed an Indian Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur and killed 18 jawans.

Commenting upon the sequence of that precipitated action Parrikar said, "I felt insulted….A small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat in the afternoon and sat in the evening and worked out the (plan of) first surgical strike which was conducted on 8th June morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border). It was a very successful strike. On Army's side, the only instance of an injury was a leech attaching itself to a soldier's leg. Contrary to some reports, no helicopters were used. I had placed helicopters (on stand by) only in case of emergency evacuation."

Parrikar further said, "But one question (from media) hurt me. (Union minister) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an ex-Armyman, was on TV and he was explaining about all kinds of search operations. An anchor asked him 'would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front?"

The Goa CM went on to add, "I listened very intensely but decided to answer when the time came. The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was 9th of June, 2015….We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis. The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate "firing units" of Pakistani Army, though the system was inducted officially three months later. Thanks to this Radar, forty firing units of Pakistani Army were destroyed."

It was not to be taken easy by those who are in the swim.

"It was planned because a minister was asked "an insulting question". What does one say! A news anchor's question could have provoked a wider conflict with Pakistan & we are supposed to feel safer with this sort of decision making."

-- Omar Abdullah

I can't help but to quote some historical comments to rack our minds:

 ''A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.''

—President Franklin Roosevelt

''If ignorance goes to forty dollars a barrel, I want drilling rights to George Bush's head.''

—Jim Hightower, former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, referring to the elder Bush

'Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.''

—Groucho Marx

''Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening.''

Leader or for that matter even ordinary people must realise that they have to be careful of what they say to anyone, anywhere, at any time. They should be careful because what they speak affects relationships and generates a response in others. A wise person must exercise discretion at all times. One must hold his or her feelings within themselves and let it grow there for a better time. This generates focus and energy, which is power.

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