Secretary Calls Kashmir's PM N G Ayyangar Foolish || By Sh. N L Wattal || LIVE IMAGE

It sounds incredible and it can safely be presumed that either the writer has gone bonks or it is far from the truth.  

Dear friends, the story is to tally true. It happened in our J&K State,The State was ruled by   Maharaja Hari Singh, and the year was 1941/1942.  The Prime Minister was Sir. N Gopalaswami Ayyangar, I.C.S., and the Secretary was Pt. Bishambar Nath Ambardar. From the corridors of Secretariat the news spread to the public. It had become the talk of the town. To ascertain the truth of the news , Daily "HAMDARD" ( Owned by Sh. Prem Nath Bazaz ), deputed the then budding journalist Sh. N L Wattal, to meet Sh. B N Ambardar. Here are some of the excerpts from the said meeting :- 

N L Wattal ( NLW ):- Mr.Ambardar, the rumour is doing rounds that you called the Prime Minister Sir. N Gopalaswami Aiyyangar , Foolish. Do you confirm or contradict it ?

B N Ambardar ( BNA ) :- Neither I am confirming it nor contradicting it. 

NLW :-   Sir, there must be some basis for it .

BNA :-     Let me tell you in detail. last week a file was circulated in the Secretariat, among the Secretaries that State Government has permitted the export of grains from the state to British India. When the file reached me , though as Political secretary, I was not directly involved with the decision, but having been earlier the revenue Secretary, I had some reservations about the said order. I wrote on the sideline of the order WHO HAS ISSUED THIS FOOLISH ORDER. The next day I was called by the PM, Mr. Aiyyangar, for a meeting. I went to see him thinking some political matter related the state has to be discussed. Entering his room , PM gave me an icy  look and came direct to the point. Why do you say that the Export order of Grains is FOOLISH. Taken aback, I told him that the Secretary concerned does not seem ----------- , he cut me short and told me that it is he who has issued the order. I became more cautious and had to dig in my revenue Secretary days. I conveyed to the PM , that this is the harvest time and an impression is created that we have surplus grains. But the fact of the matter is that this euphoria lasts for a month or two and we are back to square one ---------- the state is deficit in grains. If we allow the export this time the prices of the grains will go up in the local market which will be beyond the capacity of the people and will lead to crisis.

             Mr. Aiyyangar calmly listened to me and after a pause conveyed that he agreed with my views and the said export order will be withdrawn. I immediately retorted that again this will be FOOLISHNESS on the part of the Government. Raising his eyebrows, he said how? I told PM, Sir, our local dealers have taken advance for the supply of grains , if we suddenly withdraw the order , they will not be able to supply to their counterparts and their credibility will go down. Agreed, the PM said then how dowe go with it ? Sir, I replied we will issue an order,  the export order will be withdrawn after one month, and this period will enable the traders to fulfill              their commitments. The PM , in fairness to him thanked me for the advice and accepted that the said order was nothing but FOOLISH.

NLW:-  Sir, had you known that PM was the brain behind this order, would you have written the same thing on the sidelines of the file? 

BNA :-  No, Mr. Wattal, No, I would have refrained from writing such a comment, may be I would have spoken about it. But , you are well aware, that such leg pulling is a                 continuous process in the corridors of bureaucratic power. I would request media not to read too much between the lines.

NLW:-   Thank you, Sir.             

To the readers, I would request to express their views keeping in view the present prevailing situation in our country. The readers might be interested to know something about Sh. Bishamber Nath Ambardar. Let me give a very short resume :-

Shri. Bishamber Nath Ambardar was born in a reasonably well to do family at Zaindar Mohalla ( Neighbourhood of Sh. B K Dass ). His father was a revenue official and so were his uncles.I have been told that it was a large combined family. It is said that he was quite brilliant in his studies and after getting B.A. degree joined the govt. service as a clerk. It is said that he had exceptionally good command over English. With the passage of the time he rose from the ranks to occupy such positions as revenue secretary, Political secretary, wazir-i- wazarat Baramulla, Kathua. He retired in 1948/49. During his later years he had shifted from zaindar Mohalla to his newly constructed home at Exchange road. His only son Sh. Prem Nath Ambardar,a lawyer by profession died in the prime of his youth. His only daughter Smt. Sonabatni Bhan, was married to Pt. Prem Nath Bhan, who retired as Inspector J&K police. 

I leave it to readers to compare the bureaucracy of pre 1947  to post 1947. It is quite obvious that bureaucrats of pre 1947 era were not I.A.S. officers. They would rise to higher ranks by didn't of  hard work , sincerity and honesty. ( This for the information of readers that J&K State under Maharaja Hari Singh was considered the best administrative state after Travencore).One can compare them to the ground level workers who have their ears firmly to the ground . Today's bureaucracy especially the IAS Cadre and other state cadres which have been created by different states have glamour  and charm. Pre 47 bureaucrats  were not accountable to politicians who after winning the election become ministers and largely are uneducated or at best semi educated. Their main interest is first their families and relatives and then the constituency from where they have been elected. The bureaucrats being more clever than those come to know their weaknesses . They are more like "YES MINISTER" and always want to be on the right side of the minister.While the minister is looking after his family the bureaucrat is also buttering his bread. The honest , sincere,  straight forward  having a straight spine are dumped or are constantly transferred.

By Sh. N L Wattal

Courtesy V K WATTAL

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