Persons in Public life are expected to be moral exemplars of morality and ethics as they have pledged to uphold and defend that realm. There is no dividing line between their personal and public life. Private lives of public figures are wide open to public scrutiny. What they do in their private life matters and does impact their public responsibilities. Can they be ethical in public if they are unethical in private? Their private life reveals more about morals than their sound bites.
That British MP Keith Vaz has now been caught in a very scandalizing sex scandal only exposes the sagging moral values of those in public life. Less said the better on the numerous Aam Aadmi Party Ministers and MLAs in Delhi caught in similar disgraceful acts. Manohar Parrikar and Atmaram Nadkarni were also once spotted at the red light area at Pattaya in Bangkok. Manohar Parrikar had publicly defended his visit by claiming that it was not to have sex but that he merely enjoyed two Thai massages. “Do I have to go so far for sex” is what Manohar Parrikar had quipped.
The French Nobel Prize winning Author and Philosopher Albert Camus had rightly said “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world”. We cannot afford to have wolves in sheep’s clothings!