By Dr. Sunil Ji Garg on 13-04-2016
Doing something for present or future benefit is what is a simple meaning of vested interests. Mostly politicians are charged with having vested interests for each of their acts. It is said that all treasure chests are opened when there are elections in an area. In fact every human being perform actions due to vested interests. Behaviour research has repeatedly proved that people do take decisions, which favour their own group, family or friends etc. People do speak lies due to vested interests. Sometimes the vested interests may be actually useful for a larger section of society. Here is an interesting story.
Louis Pasteur is a well known name connected to discovery of the process of pasteurization for preserving milk and wine. He is also known as the father of vaccination techniques as he first made vaccine of rabies. Interestingly his laboratory notebooks which were made public in 1971, seventy six years after his death, revealed the fact that he had tried rabies vaccines directly on his first subject, a young boy bitten by a dog, with out first trying it on other non-human subjects. He simply lied to the authorities that he had tested this vaccines on fifty dogs. He was not even a qualified medical professional to do such a test on humans. He was fortunate that his first such known test was successful and it marked a new era in the branch of immunology. I am saying it first such known test, as his assistant had been mentioning that he had earlier tried this vaccine on a girl, who had died earlier for reasons that went unreported. The risk Pasteur took in such a major test can be labelled by people as risk taken out of vested interests. At least his assistant labeled him so before resigning from his team. Life is like that. People who try things against the set norms are always objected to and discouraged. May be only a just handful are able to become Heroes, like Pasteur became in his times. Others may just vanish in oblivion. Attempts must still be made, even at the risk of being labeled anything the routine followers do.
About The Author
Dr. Sunil Ji Garg, presently Managing Director of Sunmitra Education, Lucknow, is a holistic healer, writer, social activist, scientist and individuality development trainer, who is noted for his commendable contributions in Data-Communication, Software Engineering and Multimedia.