In continuation of my earlier post Poli-Ticks my blogger buddy SUDARSHAN has written about the other side.. the politicians version.. seems its not easy being a politician of such a big nation. With population accounting for 16% of the total world population!!
These are some of my observations …..I am not defending the corrupt politicians. But, I am trying to view politics from other side….hope our discussion will be healthier.
I feel politics is one of the good professions to serve the society. Unfortunately, some politicians have spoiled it because of their selfishness. Even today, we can see some honest politicians working at various levels.
Many people question the amount of salary drawn by our MPs. A politician has to devote his considerable time for constituency leaving his own work. Like any other employee politician also deserve salary for his/her work. Presently, many people with undergraduate degree without experience are earning more than MPs…..politicians are like any other human being require salary to survive and maintain their status in society and the present amount is fully justifiable.
Naturally, allowances are to be provided for touring constituency, attending sessions etc. Air travel is fully justified because he has to fly to New Delhi and other such places to attend sessions, committee meetings etc. To employ a secretary or such staff and maintain an office, to carry out his/her duty, Rs1,68,000 per annum which is paid to MPs is not sufficient in many places.
Very often we hear politics as the last option of a scoundrel and all such stuff. Now-a-days, it has become fashion for youngsters to blame politicians as corrupt and illiterates.
Whom to blame for corruption? Are we electing right persons? Major chunk of our young graduates are not willing to spend even an hour to go to polling booths and cast his/her vote. Many times people vote based on the influences of caste, money, alcohol and other selfish reasons. It's our mistake of not electing right persons. Even, Manmohan Singh has lost his election in our capital city Delhi. Is he corrupt or illiterate or factionist or racist?
Today, politics has become a business. A candidate has to invest in terms of crores to become MLA/MP. Naturally, he/she is worried about earning money throughout the term of five years which has been spent in the election. The worry is more when they do not have the guarantee of getting party ticket and being elected next time.
We can see judges, doctors, IAS, IPS officers etc. being corrupt. Are they not educated? Basically, one has to have good character. Many village level politicians who are less educated or illiterates are better than these officers. So, do not blame politicians as corrupt…..it's our mistake of not electing right persons and we have to take the blame.
Who is helping the politicians to be corrupt? Do all politicians know all the loop holes in the rules/constitution? People think that civil servants and other officials are good (educated and honest) which is not at all true. Without the help and nexus of so called bureaucrats and other officials it's difficult for politicians to be corrupt. Civil servants and other officials are equally responsible for the present state of affairs.
Many of our present politicians are well educated. We cannot call all of them as illiterate and fake because of few….They are really intelligent. Politics is one of the toughest fields and without intelligence one cannot survive there. In the present lok sabha we can find MPs with post graduate and doctoral degrees from good universities or educational institutions of the world.
On any day, I respect a politician rather than an IITan or graduate of IIMs. Government has started these institutes like IITs and IIMs to develop technologies and models suitable for our country. Government is spending tax payers' money on these graduates. But, more than 90% of them are not working in their fields of specialization and most of them prefer to work abroad serving MNCs who in turn exploit our country. Same is the case with graduates (doctors) of AIIMS who are not willing to work in rural areas. If they are not interested to care of the society and the people why the government has to spend on them? How these so called educateds better than corrupt politicians?
We have to take responsibility for the present state of affairs of our country. Hope the youngsters will take interest in socio-political aspects and work for the welfare of India.