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Have our leaders turned deaf?
Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar ridiculed a farmer Bhaiyya Deshmukh who, along with other farmers, has been on a hunger strike for last 56 days. These fasting farmers are demanding the release of water from a dam for their scorched fields.

In the words of Pawar, “this person from Solapur by the name of some Deshmukh is sitting on hunger strike for 55 days demanding water be released from the dam. But if there is no water what should we release? Should we urinate there? In times without water, even urine is hard to come.”

This is not only indecency of words coming from a leader but he is also making mockery of sentiments of hunger strikers. How can they use such words for people who have pious and selfless interests? Moreover, not a single leader from the ruling party has approached the farmers to ask them to end fast, and solve their problems? They are themselves wasting huge quantity of water and money on silly things in the state.

Recently, we saw how Arvind Kejriwal held a hunger strike against the issues of corruption and inflated water and electricity bills in Delhi. It is very sad that a diabetic patient is on fast and not a single responsible leader appealed him to end the fast.

Fasting for 55 days at a stretch is not a small thing by any means. How would these people get their issues solved? When ruling leaders don’t care about the issues of masses they do not have any right to rule them.

Generally, all humanists and sociologists agree that masses/ people are the centre of their study.  As Latin writer Terence said more than 2,000 years ago: "I am a man, and nothing human is foreign to me."

Humanism teaches that every person has dignity and should, therefore command the respect of every other person. This responsibility of proving themselves is more significant in case of ruling leaders.

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