Mr. Malladi Vishnu, Former Congress M.L.A., from Vijayawada Central Constituency, according to some news reports is the owner of the Krishna Lanka bar in which 8 people were killed and 29 people were injured in an (said-to-be) adulterated liquor tragedy.
Shri Vishnu is reported to have clarified:
"...The bar does not belong to me as reported by some Sections of Media. It belongs to my relatives. ... I came to know that those who mixed mineral water in their drinks are found safe, but those used water from a water cooler in the bar reportedly affected. So, I suspect something poisonous was mixed in the water cooler. I have nothing to do with the bar. I demand for a thorough investigation and severe action against those involved in the heinous crime. ...".
In Telugu language, there is a proverb "kance yE cEnu mEsina". Its approximate English gist works out like this: A fence is installed by farmers to save their crops from grazing animals. Now, suppose, the fence itself grazes the field out...(Here the proverb is exclaiming what can be done if fence itself grazes in the field!).
People's representatives are invited to schools, Colleges, and Universities to say some good things to students, so as to develop a sense of morality in them. As a sequel to such requests, people's representatives give sermons to students, teachers, lecturers, Professors and citizens. In other words Members of Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, Parliament are expected to guide the society and motivate people to traverse a path of ethical values. They are expected to dissuade citizens from falling prey to alcoholism and prostitution. They themselves are not expected to run bars and wineshops. Now, here is our People's Representative who is trying to pass on the buck to his relatives, as those who were owing the wineshop and the bar.
Listed as Accused No. 9, in the Adulterated Liquor Tragedy case, now the former M.L.A. is at large. He is said to be in Hyderabad. Of course, he might have met some eminent lawyers and might have sought their help for getting an anticipatory bail, or seek their counsel about when and where to surrender. He may coolly surrender before some Court, with supporting operations from some lawyers.
What should be the role of relatives when they find that their family member is deviating from an ethical path? Nobody knows whether they have at any time counselled or tried to counsel our Former MLA? The bar licence is said to be in Mother's name. Was she rejoicing when her son was making big bucks through liquor trade? Was she signing all the documents, applications, undertakings of the liquor licence blindfold?
In Telugu language, there is a proverb: "tOTakUra nADe cheppaka pOtivE O amma!". Its approximate English meaning works out as under:
A boy used to steal leaf-vegetables (amaranthus gangeticus) from a nearby field, and hand them over to his mother for cooking. Whenever he gave these leaf-vegetables, the boy's mother used to show her happiness. Gradually he grew up, and became a bigger thief/ robber. When police arrested him, his mother wept and said that he ought not to have commited the thefts. Then the grown-up boy asked his mother: "Why didn't you tell me this earlier, when I stole amaranthus and gave you for cooking ."
Even wives (21st Century term WAGs i.e. wives and girl friends) in Indian culture have a duty to counsel their husbands.
In Book 3, Chapter 9, Valmiki Ramayan, Sita counselled Shri Rama against his carrying bows and arrows, and killing demons in Dandaka Forest, UNPROVOKED. In verse 30 she highlighted the importance of probity and steadfastnss.
धर्मात् अर्थः प्रभवति धर्मात् प्रभवते सुखम् |
धर्मेण लभते सर्वम् धर्म सारम् इदम् जगत् ||
ENGLISH GIST: From virtuosity arises prosperity. Virtuosity leads to happiness. From virtuosity we can get everything. The essence of virtuosity, is this world.
In Valmiki Ramayan, Ravana's wife Mandodari tried to dissuade her husband from traversing an evil and perilous path. In Mahabharata, on a few occasions, Draupadi counselled Pandavas.
In those days of Epic Age, though it was the eldest brother who normally counsels his younger brothers, there are occasions when younger brothers too advised the elder brothers. Younger brothers need not share in spoils of elder brothers.
We have the flashback story of Sage Valmiki, who was asked by Sage Narada to go and inquire with his (Valmiki's) wife, whether she will share his sins also. Valmiki's wife refused to share sins. Rejected by wife, Valmiki fell at the feet of Narada and in turn received Rama mantra.
To continue. सशेष. సశేషం.