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According to reports, Dr Khemka, who dared to question the land deals of Robert Vadra and DLF, will be transferred to the Centre on deputation and his file is cleared by the PMO
Dr Ashok Khemka, the senior officer from the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), against whom the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana had sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), will be transferred to Central government on deputation, says a report.
According to reports, the civil services board has approved the whistle-blower's deputation. “The Union Cabinet secretary has made a recommendation to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to transfer the 1991-batch IAS officer, from Haryana to the central government. The PMO has also cleared Ashok Khemka's name and the communication is being sent to the Haryana government,” a report from India Today says.
In January, the Haryana government had sought a CBI probe into Khemka's role in allotment of work for roofing sheets for warehouses.
In October 2012, Dr Khemka dared to question the land deals of Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, with the powerful realty giant DLF, which magically transferred into humongous profits from Mr Vadra. He had cancelled the mutation of a Rs58-crore land deal between Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, and DLF.
Khemka had also ordered an inquiry into the undervaluation of land deals done in four districts in Haryana, adjoining New Delhi, by Vadra.
Both orders were passed by Khemka after he had been transferred as director-general, consolidation and inspector general, registration, by the state government.
When that happened, the Haryana government did not stop at mere transfer of Dr Khemka. It wanted to crush and victimise Dr Khemka. The Haryana chief minister served Dr Khemka a charge sheet for "having caused damage to the reputation of Robert Vadra and that of DLF," and also for "illegally" cancelling the land deal. It also started an investigation into Dr Khemka's role as the MD of Haryana Warehousing Corporation, designed to harass and intimidate him. In an unprecedented move, the state government has ordered an audit by State Auditor General targeted only at him.
Last week, the Haryana Principal Accountant General (PAG) audit has confirmed irregularities in the state warehousing godown fabrication tender allotment, which took place when Dr Khemka was the company's managing director.
The state administration was allegedly demanding a CBI probe.
A life of understanding and empathy isn't just ethical, but also healthier for the individual
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia
Webster’s dictionary gives the following meaning to the word empathy: “The intellectual identification with, or vicarious experiencing of, the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.” Empathy is more enduring and valuable than sympathy or romantic love. It is derived from many roots, mainly Greek empatheia (affection) and has a lot to do with the root paschein (to suffer). It is also influenced by the German root Einfuhlung.
Man is here to be of use to others in society. This is the essence of spirituality which simply implies sharing and caring. However, empathy goes a step further, in trying to understand another’s feelings and responding to that in whatever manner possible. If we do just that, our very existence becomes meaningful and tranquil. The English poet, DH Lawrence, said it beautifully in the following lines:
“Our ingress into this world was naked and bare
Our progress in this world is trouble and care,
Our egress from this world would be nobody knows where,
If we do well here, we will do well there”
Nothing gives one greater pleasure than to see a tear wiped from another’s eye. “It is not for thee alone, pass it on, pass it on…” said Jesus to his followers. It is in giving that one gets. History is replete with examples of very rich people who realised this fact late in life, changed their attitude and live happily thereafter. Nelson Rockefeller Sr, John Nobel (of dynamite fame), Bill Gates (the software giant) and many others have benefited by being empathetic to the needs of the less fortunate in society.
Man’s proclivity for comfort and his greed would, otherwise, destroy every God-given resource on this planet. Monetary economy of competition and jealousy is not conducive to good health even. Medical scientific research has come up with surprising findings that agree with ancient metaphysics. Negative thoughts, like hatred, jealousy, pride, anger, and frustration, with the consequent depression, are known to be the leading risk factors for major killers like heart attack, cancer, and stroke.
The present tendency towards hatred could only be self-destructive. “An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind,” Mahatma Gandhi said. At times, your altruism may be rewarded with betrayal. The antidote to any consequent resentment is to forgive. Forgiveness is the greatest asset of an evolved mind. People with a positive attitude are shown to live five to seven years longer, on an average, than those suffering negative thoughts all the time.
It is a pity that even in this century, nearly 90% of the world’s population lives in misery, while the remaining 10% enjoys 90% of the resources. This gulf between the haves and the have-nots is, if anything, widening by the day. Even in the advanced West, there is a massive divide between the rich and the poor and, over the years, the rich have become richer and the poor poorer. This inverse care law operates in every field of human activity. The rich practise the ‘Mathew Law’ of the Bible in its perverse interpretation: “He, who hath, shall be given.”
Unless we live wisely, we will very soon perish. Man has been destroying this biosphere with all kinds of artificial pollutants. The stockpiling of nuclear waste too, is threatening every life on this planet.
In a manner of speaking, we are all but bundles of jumping lepto-quarks; the smallest sub-atomic particles. These lepto-quarks change from one to another constantly. One human being’s lepto-quarks today would have formed part of another human or animal sometime in the past. Hence, we are all inter-connected and inter-dependent. Together we make up this whole world. Against this background, empathy seems to be the all-important mantra for man’s future survival.
“I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.” — Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.