Politically Incorrect

When the Indian Constitution was adopted in the year 1950, the Constitution makers just had one thing in mind; to base the governance of India on laws and principles. Not even in their wildest of the dreams had they anticipated that Indian politics would be marred by evils like corruption, nepotism, red-tapism and gender bias. These issues have become synonymous with Indian Politics.


The use of money and muscle power in elections has been responsible for bringing to power, several criminal politicians. The criminals are being elected as MLA’s, MP’s and then they go on to become ministers. This results in the deterioration of our social and political system. One of the main ideals of our Preamble, secularism, is always looked as a portal to create religious rifts between the citizens of our nation. The political leaders are always at loggerheads dealing with the issue. There must be a consensus and eligibility criteria for giving party tickets to prospective candidates. The parties must not focus on the winnability factor of the candidates. While employing our domestic servants, we are required to get their background verification done. So while choosing the servants of the nation, why is this verification ignored?


The second major concern haunting Indian politics, is that majority of our politicians are septuagenarians. We have many young and promising politicians, but they are not given enough power. I’m not entirely in the favour of the older lot moving aside, but what we need is the right mix of both young and old to rule our country. While the old may have a lot more maturity and experience of handling the issues, the young are more open minded. India cannot afford to become a fascist country where the mindsets of its leaders are rigid. What we need is a compromising and broad minded attitude towards the issues affecting our country. The younger lot in the political system is required for their zest, hard work, energy and educational qualifications.


Another issue which bogs down our political system is the lack of education of many of our politicians. This results in the formulation of insensate policies for our country. The discussions in the Parliament are also often governed by rabble rousing and mud slinging, resulting in ineffective discussions. Even after 60 years of our independence, we are still a developing nation. India doesn’t lack intelligent people. What we truly lack is the shortage of educated people in our political system that is completely ignorant of our nation’s development, and the upliftment of the very people who elect them. It’s like a vicious cycle which keeps repeating after every five years.


The recent serial bombing terror attacks of Mumbai and the subsequent senseless comments made by many of our politicians have posed another serious threat. Are we on the verge of losing our democracy? While the masses seem to be united in the wake of this horrendous terror attack, the political front seems to be disjointed from the masses.


The people have also not taken it lying down. They have expressed their wrath and discontentment openly. People held candle light vigils, expressed their frustration on public forums like Facebook, blogs, and other such social networking sites. People also demanded the resignation of many politicians who had voiced insensitive comments. Still, the reactions of the politicians remain an enigma to us. While many of us now think that the election system is losing its worth, some also opine that that our hard earned money in the form of taxes is being wasted upon such insensitive leaders.


India has reached a stage where we want somebody who is dedicated and committed towards the public service, possessing good presentation and oratory skills, no communal inclination and wisdom to work for the masses. Till now, the only such leader we have had is Rajiv Gandhi. He had the right intent and outlook. Moreover, a person who can set goals and give solutions to the problems of the country and remain updated with the latest trends of the economy can make a good leader. Even India needs a leader of Barack Obama’s stature. Our country needs more dynamic educated leaders like Omar Abdullah and Rahul Gandhi. In the next general elections of 2009, leaders who will be able to connect with the youth will stand a greater chance of reaping the electoral rewards.


It is the time when the State Governments ought to get their priorities right and should concentrate on the country, rather than merely opposing the corrupt practices of the opposition parties. We all say that young blood is needed for our political system, but we all need to know that WE are the young blood. Though it is difficult to enter the political scenario without money and muscle power, we must not lose hope. It’s time for us to understand the current political situation of our country and take interest in the same. It only depends on us to change the system and I urge the youngsters to take active part in politics.


Shikha Tandon



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