Leaders should be honest about failures as wellThere is no need to mention the name of this Union Minister. This person, who is often seen as the de facto Prime Minister, is on record of saying that the migrants were impatient when they started walking home. This is perhaps the most insensitive statement ever and smacks of sheer arrogance.
That he is trying to prepare for the Bihar Assembly polls is not a secret. Yet, the gentleman should have been more honest. The migrants were the most neglected lot. Only one or two Southern States were quite ok in at least feeding them to some extent. In Chennai, it was said that they were given free food from the Amma canteens for a while; one really does not know what happened. Around end of April, special trains were organized to get them back to their native places. The so-called "migrant trains" were also diverted and many deaths were reported.
At least one small two-year-old child, desperately trying to wake his dead mother, went viral. The shocker made its rounds in all media. The rulers should understand the plight of the poor; people are more likely to forgive any leader who apologizes and tries to do something at least now. The examples are aplenty. It was done in Surat. People cooked extra rotis at home and these were given to millions of migrants and local unemployed labor.
People in power should realize that hunger knows no color or religion or creed or whatever. Any human being who is hungry goes on to commit even murder to satisfy his hunger prangs: sociologists and psychologists who have studied such things have always commented that hunger is the most basic of all evils. Let us not forget this.