Recently, while addressing a gathering of students in a school, Dr.
Abdul Kalam Azad asked the students what they aspired to become when they grow
up. Hands were raised when professions like teacher, doctor, engineer,
architect etc. were mentioned. However, not a single hand was raised when the
word politician was referred to as a career option! This just shows the meaning
and importance that plays in our minds when we think of this word ---- "Politician".
It has taken a negative meaning. It has no doubt become a negative word.
may be because we are fed with daily dose of negative news in the newspapers,
internet etc. about involvement of politicians in various scams, in different
police cases, in embezzlement of inappropriate wealth. This also becomes
evident when there is scarcity of electricity and water - basic amenities which
they promise before the elections and the ever rising prices of commodities. We
love to hate them. And not unduly because they have been elected by the masses
with the hope that they will become our spokes person in the Parliament and
work for the upliftment of the common man. But when we find that the same
elected representative is busy in foreign trips, building houses after houses
for personal benefit, not even visiting his constituency once in a year and
amassing wealth for future elections, we rightfully feel frustrated and
cheated. It unconsciously sinks in our minds that they are all the same.
We have read in History and are also told by
our parents and teachers that in the past there were politicians who were
Statesmen. People held them in reverence then and even now. Their main concern
was to take our country forward in the road to progress. For instance, who can
deny the charisma of Nehru, the mass appeal of Gandhi, the knowledge of
Ambedkar and elegant persona of Indira
Gandhi?Pt. Jawahar lal Nehru was born with a silver spoon but he chose politics
as his career so that he could contribute in the struggle for independence and
help India and its people from the clutches of the British rule.
These leaders had one thing in common ---- they were all well versed
with the Law of the country --- they had studied law and they joined politics
with the idea of giving to the society. Today, most of the politicians are not
well read and they join politics with the sole motive of making money. They
splurge the tax payers money making any number of foreign trips, do not follow
the law themselves and amass properties worth crores. The basic aim of politics
is how to grab the position rather than to be useful worker for the benefit of
the people. They fail to represent the basic problems of the people in the Parliament.
They do not stand against price rise,
they stand against the ruling party just because they want to be at the Centre.
The political parties want to come to power by hook or by crook.
They flaunt their support by carrying supporters in trucks to the Capital and
hold rallies.The inconvenience of daily commuters is not their problem. If this
is the state of affairs at such senior levels, how can anyone talk of honesty
and pride for the country. People look up to these elected representatives, but
they in turn cut a very sorry figure. Power is wielded in the hands of those
who do not understand what to do with it, how to use it for the welfare of the
country. Today , most of the people have become so dejected with politics as
such that they do not want to go to vote. The reason being all the candidates
not worthy of their votes --- or this is how they feel. However,this is wrong
because if everyone thinks in a similar way, the country will go in the hands
of undeserving candidates.
But we cannot generalise and say that
all politicians today are not up to the mark. We have dynamic leaders like
Sushma Swaraj, Sheila Dixit, etc. who are
wonderful orators, Sonia Gandhi and many other upcoming and young
leaders and politicians who are dynamic and making a difference. They work hard
and visit their constituencies regularly. They work for the upliftment of those
who voted for them. We have also witnessed some very talented politicians like
Shri Vajpayee who wrote poems and the compilation has been published as a book.
Shri V.P.Singh was a poet as well as a painter and Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad is the
inspiration of millions of children as a stalwart in the field of science and
technology and also someone who rose to become the President of India.
The politicians should be conscious of their behaviour in public as well
as private lives. They should be law abiding citizens of the country and should
be responsible to the people who elected them.They should actually view themselves as care takers and servants
of the people. The common public looks up to them. If however, their character
is flawed or they have FIRs against them in various police stations, they
cannot win the confidence of the people.
India can be proud of all its
able politicians who are ruling the
country. The political parties should abide by rules laid down by the Election
Commission and should only choose candidates on their merit and experience in
this field. The dubious candidates and criminals should not be given tickets to
contest these elections.
Due to mass media like newspapers, T.V. and especially the Internet, the
people are well informed and choose their candidates diligently. Politicians
send a message to the entire nation through their moral conduct and behaviour. When they visit
a foreign country, they represent India and its culture. They can build or ruin
diplomatic relations between two countries.They are the medium through which
the voice of common man reaches the Parliament.
Politics is something in which a person has to play the role of a
leader, a servant of the people, a good speaker, a diplomat and a valued
citizen. The focus is always on him and it is not easy to manage the affairs of
a country. However, as a good politician, they can at least become the torch
bearers for other young minds and change the image of this office as one which
generates interest and respect. A good
politician comes out of the confines of his air conditioned office and mingles
with the common man. He tries to understand his problems and finds ways to
eradicate them. Good governance is a means of changing the lives of people for
better in villages, towns and cities. In a democracy, a common man's voice
should be heard.
have a "dirty picture" of politics and politicians because we are
exposed to negative news of scams, immorality of certain politicians, price
rise etc. and we are burdened with mixed feelings of helplessness and anger.
But the good news is that our country can boast of capable young and old
politicians, both male and female who genuinely think for the betterment of
India and are working towards it.
Charles W. Pickering has said ," A healthy democracy requires a
decent society; it requires that we are honourable, generous, tolerant and
respectful." The life of a politician is always under a scanner. It
requires toughness of mind and body .One has to deal with true and untrue
stories in media and still remain undisturbed. One has to put issues and people
before self. With promising young politicians, we will not have to vote for
people who we dislike the least. There will be stable governments and not
numerous elections with interchangeable candidates.
It is indeed an irony that although we have minimum educational
qualification for every exam in the government, there is no basic educational
qualification mentioned to become a politician who has the reins of the country
in his hands. However, the verdict of the people is final and it is our duty to
use our Right to vote and use discretion while choosing the right candidate.
Let the future of our country and its people go to right hands and moral minds.