Karnataka has a new Chief Minister. He swore in the name of TRUTH. Wonderful!
We had a Thief Minister who either swore or wept – both in public. Sentiments displayed in public are seldom personally felt. Another believed in mis-Chief by black magic. The TM swore in the name of farmers and went around performing poojas in temples in his own name, spending crores of tax payers’ rupees. No guesses on whom the confused Gods blessed for this obsession. At one stage he was to swear in front of deity in Dharmasthala about the misdeeds of another who joined hands to topple someone else some other time.
Basavanna told us not to lie, which does not need the sworn followers to speak truth. A lie has several shades of grey between white and black. One who tells a black lie believes that it TRUTH won’t come to light.
Prof. Dan Ariely , a behavioral economist, discovered that people who write the ten commandments are primed to honesty for a while and cheat less for a brief period. Can we mandate politicians to quote Basavanna before every promise they make? Will they be exceptions to Dan Ariely’s findings?
I like to read the good things being written about the new CM who swore by TRUTH. To tell the truth, I do not believe that he spent less or equal to only RS.16 lakh on his campaign. I also don’t believe that his movable and immovable assets are only Rs. 5 crores and he has liabilities of more than Rs. 2 crores. However, I am happy that he would not make public show of religious sentiments, which I believe should be private.