Tuesday, May 6, 2014
“Are Politicians in India the Real Scapegoats?” Professor M.S.Rao
"The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give." - William Arthur Ward
Politicians are the biggest scapegoats in India. You might not agree with this statement. But it is mostly true. Here goes the story of the life of a politician in India:
People in India often blame politicians for all the problems. They vent their anger and frustration against politicians for all their ills. And politicians swallow them with smiles. People rarely forget the fact that they get the government they deserve. They forget that politicians come from the people and it is they who elected them as their leaders.
The job of a politician is very challenging one. It is the round-the-clock job. Politicians have to smile constantly in spite of disliking many people and things. They cannot blame people for some of the problems. If they talk against people they lose their votes. Hence, they find it highly challenging to balance the people and the sensitive issues. There are several things that they cannot reveal openly as their political opponents will take advantage to crush them politically. They have to be constantly with the people and they cannot assess who are their followers and detractors. They have to spend money from their pockets to get seats and most of them lose their money. Those who come to power are not sure whether they will get the key posts and positions. Therefore, politics in India is a big gamble where only a few succeed while the majority fails. This is the observation of young politicians who are entering into politics. Apart from this, they must be ready for brickbats as some frustrated people throw slippers at them. And the politicians must swallow such insults. Worse, the political opponents will play several games that land them behind the bars.
The job of a politician is very hard. Unfortunately, many people think that the job of a politician is easy and politicians make money easily. It is the case of a few politicians who mint money, not with all politicians. Most politicians sacrifice their personal lives. They cannot balance their personal, professional and social life. After sacrificing several things they may get into power which is again short-lived.
The job of a politician is mostly a thankless job. A few politicians succeed while the majority hit the abyss. If you truly want to serve people without craving for power, you can consider entering into politics. If you are ready to encounter unhealthy criticism and personal attacks; and want to sacrifice your family life, you can consider entering into politics. Remember, the life of a politician is not a bed of roses. It is a bed of thorns. People always keep you under vigil. If you do one wrong thing, people will forget the 99 good things done by you. They will never excuse you for your one mistake. Therefore, think before entering into politics.
Note: I have written this article to highlight unexplored life of a politician in India. It is for the people to empathize with politicians and it is for the new entrants to weigh all options before entering into politics.
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