Most of us except a few, hate politics yet we have endless expectations from our politicians. But we want they care for our education, health, Housing, law and order, and solve any social problems that we face. Whenever Politicians as minister in the Govt, fail to satisfy us, we use choicest expletives against them.
As of now our prime minister, Modi, is blamed for demonetization, GST, terrorism and many others. Before this, earlier Govts were also blamed for 2G scam, coal scam and Bofors, it is almost sure that latter Govts also will be blamed in the same way. Yes, it is true that Govts are responsible for any action under the sun but who makes this Govt? Govt is formed by the politicians from amongst us whom we elect. Politicians have their own ideals and thoughts which combine to form a philosophy, to set the direction for making policy, and later, its implementation. Thus directly we voters and common citizens are responsible for the actions of the Govt. Then why do we blame the Govt?
It’s true that voters normally do not have a choice, they vote for the available best, and in most of the cases right person is not available because they are not in politics. There is dearth of right candidates in the fray most of the time because when our children join politics, we think that they have gone astray, never think that these are the people who make policies/ procedure to defend the country from enemies, give healthcare to the people, makes foreign policies etc etc all of which have far reaching consequences in determining every citizen’s life. This is height of stupidity which we must change. But what we see around? as good people do not go to politics, bad people fill the vacuum. A sizeable percentage of our political leaders are from gutter, they are illiterate and have criminal background. Naturally, with their background, they hardly understand good things in life, their actions are all negative.
But we can very easily change our political environment and the performance of our Govt , by inviting good people into politics. There are many bright students coming out from IITs, IISc , and many other leading institutes. They are working with reputation in reputed educational institutes and multinational firms all over the world. They may instead join politics of the country, become ministers to work for the welfare of countrymen.
In above context, my mind turns to Bertolt Brecht , an artist , play right and philosopher. He said “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.
The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
― Bertolt Brecht
The trend has to be changed. Govt may think to introduce professional courses of duration 5/10 years like our medical, engineering , law courses with very high income potential. Our bright students will see these new courses as the mother of all professional courses. Only then, we shall get the most talented students to become politician and come in the Govt. I can quote some fitting examples to show that when right talent goes into politics, how things changes. Our ex-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was a highly talented person, ruled India with a strong hand, and liberated Bangladesh. Singapore was a marshy little known place. After its independence in 1965, Lee Kuan Yew was the prime minister, and he was a highly educated disciplined man. With a strong hand he ruled Singapore to make it a highly developed industrialised country by employing his talent. Winston Churchill was a highly educated and talented man, by taking recourse to his talent he saved England from losing to Germany during second world war. There are numerous examples. It is high time that we encouraged our children to respect politics as a profession, and join it to give us better administration.
Young man joining politics, will make a complete man. Politics will teach the young ones in their most formative part of life, about our society and its problems, and what solutions are required. They can feel every cell of the society through interacting with common people. All these are real ingredients to make a perfect leader. A man who has passed through every stages of life starting with youth, will make a powerful honest political leader to lead the country.
Country is in a bad state. At the moment there is no minimum educational qualification for our MLAs and MPs, naturally, people rejected from or failed at other professions, join politics, soon they make access to form Govt and rule us. They rule as per their capacity, being not mostly good students themselves, they rule us bad, because they are incapable to deliver better. By changing our attitude to politics, we will have only good people in politics which will make the country a very developed one.