“But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You’re not accomplishing anything. Aren’t you wasting the country’s money?” “You don’t understand, mister,” one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. “Normally there’s three of us, me, Joe and Mike. I dig the hole, Joe sticks in the tree and Mike here puts the dirt back.” “Yea,” piped up Mike.
“Now just because Joe is sick, that doesn’t mean we can’t work, does it?” And after you have a hearty laugh, do you realize that that’s the way our government encourages its citizens in each and every field. Look at reservations that each successive government tries to hand out: The government reserves 50% of the seats, then instead of a candidate studying and filling in the seat, he just gets it because he’s a schedule tribe or schedule caste and the seat is given to him.
What happens? A few years later, no tree grows from there, because no tree was planted! The only way to reserve seats for the backward classes is not by giving them the dole but by lifting them up, through education and financial loans till they become a seed ready to germinate and flower.
Instead we plant nothing in the empty hole. So we need to stop the government from digging holes and just filling them up, we need to work out ways to get trees planted. “Hey minister what are you doing?” “Digging a hole!”“Here let me plant a seed! A seed that will grow into a big tree, and seeds in all those holes you are digging to grow into a mighty forest that will change our land!”
“But that will mean watering, manure, looking after! And the risk the tree might not grow!” “Yes minister, that’s the risk we all have to take! A risk which might not translate into votes immediately, but will show your foresight and leadership as those trees grow to support a mighty nation..!” Are you willing to be the missing Joe?