“Don’t declare holiday on my death, instead work an extra day if you really love me”, said Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who was People’s President of a country where there are too many political holidays on birth and death anniversaries of leaders both at central and state level including like birth anniversaries of Dr BR Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi. Earlier the UP government then led by Akhilesh Yadav in the year even declared holiday on the death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar.
Every great leader always called people for hard work. Therefore best tribute to great leaders is to declare their birth and death anniversaries as extra-work day by increasing office-hours by half-an-hour on those special days. Such a bold announcement quoting Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will not attract political resistance in name of vote-bank politics. The system will automatically stop unholy political demands coming to declare such holidays for birth and death anniversaries of more and more leaders.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)