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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Politics & The Role of the Common Man - Vote !!

The Reality - Aristotle in his 'politics' called man a political animal by nature, meaning that to be human is to want to live in civilized, orderly and harmonious relations with one's fellows in the state. Plato had called this 'desirable condition' for both man and society but for today Plato would have been compelled to take back his words, since today 'politics is the last refuge of the scoundrel'. Seems to be a bold statement but is very true to the actual reality. Today corruption is a way of life, divided by communalism, with congested roads and drains and a population which continues to explode. Bribery, corruption & nepotism continue to ruin the country's financial, administrative and social fiber. Resolutions are being passed, meetings being held, parliament houses being adjourned due to erratic behaviour by our so called politicians. We live where a large population of the country wishes and works towards a day to transform dreams to reality, where food is luxury, liquor is a necessity and peace is a rare commodity. To the common man, who barely can make ends meet - travel is torture, bribery is part of administrative procedure and poverty a pre-requisite for Indian citizenship.

The Challenge - Today the challenge of political courage looms larger than ever before, just to enlist a few those are up our sleeves:

  • Our political life is so expensive with expenditure during the times of elections and z-securities.

  • Economic development when the world is being swept by the recession wave.

  • Social upliftment and bridging the gap between the rural and urban areas.

  • The ever increasing threat from a neighbour who has pushed the country's patience to the ultimate level of tolerance.

Politics and society have an unbreakable relationship. It should be mutual and enhancing one, both parties should have an abiding concern with the structure of our social order. To address the long and short term objectives to ensure our growth as a nation (in all spheres - political, social, economical etc). Haven't we had parties and politicians who have been worth the post they have held. Yes! we have, but such men have been few and far. Political parties want to be on record for doing something now, something they can point to as achievement of theirs and failure of their competing political dragons, something they can point to at re-election time. So the drumbeat goes on for more promises (both kept/not kept) and more policies (both implemented/unimplemented) Stating one of the practical jokes on politicians: An Indian politician went to the US to visit his counterpart. When the Senator invited him home for dinner, the minister was very impressed by the lavish mansion, grounds and the costly furnishings. He asked "How can you afford all this on a meagre senator's salary?"The senator smiled knowingly and took him to the window.

"Can you see the river?"


"Can you see the bridge over it?"

"Of course", said the minister.

"10 per cent", said the senator smugly.

Some time later, he had occasion to pay a return visit. The Indian minister lavished all hospitality on him. When they came to his house, the American was stunned by the huge palace the minister had built, glittering with precious art, hundreds of servants etc. etc."How can you possibly afford this, on a salary in Rs?', he asked.The minister called him to the window.

"See the river over there?"

"Sure", cried the senator.

"Can you see the bridge over it?"

The senator looked, was confused, peered closely and said - "No, I don't see any bridge."

"100 percent", said the minister!!

This truth is our challenge, where parties don't hesitate when it comes to gaining political mileage out of a situation whatever it be, where the center and state can play blame games while the common man suffers, where it is alright to ignore the common man, simply cause they are so many in number, where in the name of the spirit of a country or city the common man adopts a 'chalta hai' attitude, where violence is a way of life against the meek and unarmed and the oppressor is running scot free.

The Role of the Common Man: You & Me - They say reality hits real hard. And the reality is that we live in a time when a politician can say: 'I came, I saw, I corrupted', and get away with it. What dirty politics requires is a whack in the right place and a good clean scrubbing. Indian politics needs to undergo a sea change to meet the challenges and demands of modern India, and the change has already begun. Every change has to begin in the minds of men first. We need a breed of leaders with thoughts and ideas to grease the wheels and not the palms of this nation. We must be the change we wish to see in the world !! And i believe we all can make that little/big difference in our own way. I don't know about politicians but i will want to say: 'I came, I saw, I contributed'. To bask in the glory of the rights of this constitution isn't enough, we must perform our duties too. To begin with Vote !! I will be voting , what about you ?

1 comment:

  1. I read this and the AD popped up in my mind - the Tata Tea one - jago re!


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