Mr. Kamaraj is angry—terribly too! For how could he
—the greatest of all benefactors—countenance ingratitude!
He could tolerate anything but not this one—and so,
he became vehement.
Addressing a public meeting at Tiruvellore, the Chief
Minister condemned in very strong terms, the Harijans.
"How ungrateful these Harijans are," exclaims
the Chief, "after getting such an amount of help
and benefit from the Congress Government, some of them
are supporting opposition parties like the D.M.K."
It is a fact, and we are glad that the Chief has come
to know of this, that the bulk of the Harijan community
is behind the D.M.K.
It is also true that help and benefits are conferred
on the Harijans, by the Government.
But, it is not true that the Congress Government is
conferring this benefit out of its abundance of heart.
It has to. Any Government is bound to confer this benefit—if
not out of a sense of justice, at any rate, out of a
fear for the repercussions that would follow, if this
community is still kept in thraldom and penury.
And, those who are responsible for acquainting the chief
with proper political diction would do well to remind
him, that the term Congress Government is only a luxury
in terms, not a logical political term.
Congress and Government are not synonymous terms. The
Congress happens to be at present running the Government—nothing
more than that. And the Government is run, not out of
Congress funds, but with the aid of the sixty three
crores of rupees got out of the sweat of the people
in this State.
And the Harijans are grateful certainly, to the Government.
They are law-abiding, peace-loving; they contribute
their mite towards the running the Government and in
that way they are proving their loyalty and gratitude.
If they defy the laws, refuse to pay taxes, disobey
authorities, create panic, indulge in violence, then,
could the question be asked, 'when so much is done for
your sake, why are you ungrateful?'
But, because, the bulk of the Hrijans, refuse to be
roped in by the Congress, they could not be charged
with the crime of ingratitude.
They do not think that their future would be safe in
the hands of the conservative oligarchy which is the
Hence they are bound to lend their support to progressive
To tell them that the Congress Government has done a
lot to better their condition, and on that account to
demand their support, is neither politics, nor ethics.
They do now realise that the Government funds are being
managed by the Congress party, and they are politically
educated enough to know the difference between government
fund and the Congress fund.
If Mr. Kamaraj has spent some amount from out of the
Congress funds for the welfare of the Harijans, then
perhaps there would be some logic in reprimanding the
Harijans. But to spend the money now placed at the hands
of the Congress as it happens to run the Government,
and on that score, to ask the Harijans to support the
Congress is to, talk nonsense.
But, pray forgive us, we are assuming too much. Pardon
us, for assuming that the Hon'ble Kamaraj, understands
such abstract, subtle, political theories and terms.
His is a robust common-sense—he knows that when a Minister
talks—sense or nonsense—those who are fated to hear,
should and so would be patient, polite and even nod—not
as a mark of assent, but as a matter of common decency.
If the chief allows himself to be deluded, we can't
help it. But, let us register our strong note of protest
against the uncalled for remark of the chief.
The head of a Government has no right to demand support
to a particular party, basing his demand on the plea
that the Government has done a lot for them.
It is to the Government that the Harijans ought to be
loyal — and they are. And to canvass support for the
Congress, after spending money taken out of the coffers—not
of the Congress - but of the State, is hightly objectionable,
and none other than Mr. Kamaraj could have thrown political
ethics to the winds, for he is not burdened with a knowledge
of political theories and terms. 'Ignorance' says the
poet, "is bliss!"