Jan 7, 2008

Poli-Ticks II (with a twist)

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.

21 comments:

  1. yipeee.. m commenting on my own blog.. since its not my post.. :D

    well.. all points raised are absolutely valid.. the imp point lies in electing the right person.. and govt servants need to be given higher salaries for them to work honestly..

    hmm.. bt nothnz gonna deter me frm givin the civils..

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  2. But do they work?and even if they do.....do they spend the money in the right places...nd 'they' sounds damn generalizd.nt all of them are bad.
    Blah.
    I dnt knw twas ur budday.I read it sumwhr.Il b tagging u in sumtym.

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  3. To Tentacles....

    Thanks for initiating discussion. You are actually generalizing by saying that all politicians are bad, which is not true. Even today, in our country you can find well cultured and educated politicians. I have also mentioned that some of them, who are corrupt, have spoiled the system.

    Coming to work which you have questioned....lets us ask the same question ourselves? Are we doing our work correctly? Are you attending to your job/studies regularly? The same yardstick applies to politicians also.
    SO, IT IS BETTER FOR US TO CORRECT THE SYSTEM TAKING MORAL RESPONSIBILITY INSTEAD OF BLAMING WHICH IS VERY EASY AND HAS BECOME FASHIONABLE.

    Hope our discussion will be healthier...

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  4. To SSNAB

    I fully accept with your opinion of raising the salaries of government officials.

    Regarding 'right person' getting the 'ideal person' is impracticable and we need to elect the best among the available and try to improve.

    All the best for your civils...we need dynamic and honest officers...

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  5. @ indian farmer
    thnx.. yea.. dynamic n honest officers..
    btw.. hw r u sure tht m gonna b honest?

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  6. To SSNAB...

    You are the only one who can answer this correctly......you will get my answer later!!!!

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  7. @indian farmer
    hey do read it properly
    i havnt generalizd it.
    I mentiond that

    @ssnab

    abt ur budday.....
    Sumwhr to the north of alaska ...therez a day calld confusion day nd so i thot u wr born that day...hehe...obv i saw frm ur blog na?
    Secndly ..since u r much elder to me...i hav decided to call u ssnab aunty...ok....out of respect.. ;)

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  9. At Tentacles....

    You have mentioned that I have generalised....which I donot accept. I have clearly mentioned that there are corrupt politicians.

    It's better to focus on the larger issues rather than....

    My only request to the younger generation is to be optimistic about politics and involve in the political process.

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  10. ohk .... so quite a case has been presented here ... but before all that happy new year and a very happy birthday whenever it was since you did not choose to do a birthday post .... anyways happy returns of the day ... anand hope you had tons of fun ... coming back to this topic ...
    i am certainly one of those youngsters mentioned in this post .... i think all politicians are corrupt ... well except a few.....maybe coz tehre names have never come across ........ as for the salaries part ... yeah sure go ahead and raise them but then are you sure that they wil stop taking black money once they earn more ...
    and as for choosing the right guy ... how many of us know that the person standing up there will nto turn corrupt ... they are standing there giving speeches .... we dont know them .... how do i know he is honest ...even if we choose the right person ... he may turn wrong ... greed is all it comes down too ......

    and the people should share the blame as well ... after all they are the ones who are voting ... the MLA guy in our constituency came on foot knocking on our door asking for votes ..... all through the day cars with speakers screaming his name ran thru our otherwise peaceful colony ... flyers were strewn across the roads ... did anyone bother to pick up even one flyer and read it ... or actually listen to the stuff on the speaker ... no they did not .... the stuff on teh tv was more important ... the voters are equal partners in the crime ...

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  11. i have already read this post when sudershna poseted i as comment.
    i think both sudershan and ssnab are agreeable.

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  12. At Bluebutterfly,

    I fully agree with you that we cannot expect the behavior of a person in future(regarding corruption).....then whats the solution? There is nothing wrong in being optimistic and choose a seemingly right person.

    we have to accept the ground realities and act occordingly to improve the system. Our's is a young democracy with so much of diversification.....Once the proper rules,systems, etc are in place we can bring down corrupt practices.....Once we start punishing the corrupt persons(politician/officials/businessmen/others) severely, without sparing anyone, things will start changing rapidly.

    Nobody can guarantee the future behavior of a person. We all hope that our husband/wife will be a good companion etc and marry. But, what is the guarantee? The same yardstick applies to politicians also....It's in our hands to change...please be optimistic and participate in political process.

    we need to be responsible citizens of our country.

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  13. rofl@ Poli- Ticks...Great naming.Although with time im getting to the more nuetral ground of "Yes the politicians suck" but "What the heck are we doing about it?"

    Nice reading your blog.Happy new years. Cheerz

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  14. Gulp !!! therez a serious debate going on !!! I hav always refrained from discussing politics much and in deep....But you hav raised that point well...I being in the NIT engineer clearly know that Govt is spending a lot on my studies...For fees i pay is not sufficient....But i see a lot of people who dont even realise this and they are first to critisize the college of all the facilities its not providing !!! I am not a die hard patriotic but sometimes i feel 'Yeah....It all depends on peoples attitude !!!'

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  15. lolz... I just wanna say that its so difficult to read ur article...

    the background and the font color dont go well together !!!

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  16. At Zahid...
    yes, attitude matters a lot.....one needs to look at the things from others' viewpoint and understand the dynamics.....many things comes by experience also.

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  17. @indian farmer ...

    i am fully willing to participate in the process of choosing a better leader for our country ...
    i will optimisteic and participate once i am eighteen .... i do not like to one of those pain in teh ass people who complain and dont do anything about it ....

    and yeah they cant be measured by the same yardstick ... but then punishing all of them .... hmmm ....is it feasable ... ?


    @ssnab
    hmm nice background... nice change from the white ....but the white sorta clashes with it .....

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  18. At Bluebutterfly

    Punishing all will not be feasible..once you start punishing some it will reduce automatically....

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  19. again you swept me with your views and the way you look at a subject you want to post.

    while i started to read this post - you gave a impression to me that this blogger looks politics differently not the way it should be. this sentence made me feel so

    "I feel politics is one of the good professions to serve the society. "

    It is not a profession. it is a way to serve the society. if it is a profession then the concept of politics is lost. I would certainly support for the salaries and expenditure that need to provided to them and certain allowances are not sufficient to them. But if you have an impression that it is a profession by any meak chance - i will agree to disagree with you in the respect of how you see politics.

    After reading the word profession till the end i read with a bias though you made a great post with so much clarity.

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  20. 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?

    i appreciate this.

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