There are only two kinds of people in politics. One those retired from service earning a fat pension like our Prime Minister. The others those who cannot get any decent job anywhere else. Why should any one become an MP given the paltry salaries they get. People talk of power as the motive. The ulterior motive of most politicians seem to be one of making illegitimate money using this power. Only a few have opted for politics as a means to fame. It is time we made politics a desirable job opportunity and not a refuge for the unemployables
Recently, I saw a picture, where in Pranab Mukherji was campaigning in his constituency in a jeep & half-naked children & people are running after the jeep.Leaders like this Mukherji have got elected for so many times & enjoyed the power , money & status for life time, have not done anything for their own people, who elected & allowed them to enjoy. Only some chelas/chamachas got benefited with these selfish leaders. How can a leader, who was from a lower middle class agriculture family, can become a “billionaire” in 30-40 years, that too without tilling the field & with the salaries & perks given during their terms. An industrialist, yes, we can agree. He puts his own & borrowed money & struggles to establish.This is one example. Every state, every district, every talluka, every village has the same story, because public are bothered about their own stomach. We are the culprit, because we allow them to eat as much as they want. Have we ever asked them for their accountability? Never, we don’t want to ask them, because, we are much worried about our own stomach, our own job, our own family problems, etc. We talk only when the election comes. We don’t ask these candidates, when they come for begging our votes.We don’t ask their commitment to their places & we don’t ask their achievements.In my view,each one of us should ask their commitments & their achievements after their selction for every 3-months,in their entire term.
Re: “Permanent jobs / Recession-free jobs” in INDIA
by Mr Walker on Apr 14, 2009 10:45 AM
These people are not ashamed, they never will be till they start feeling the heat from the common man. Not just shoes it will take stones and bricks from the common man to bring them to their senses.
Following are the permanent job holders in either Lokasabha or in their respective Vidhanasabha. I am mentioning a few, but there may be many more from every corner of India. No Organisation (Private / public / Government) can assure you such a permanent job. They are not at all affected by Recession, Inflation, Loss to the organization, etc., they have NO regular office timings, NO regular works, NO targets & NO reporting. You need not commit anybody, while contesting for any election. Only qualification is to some how make the surrounding people get afraid of you. Do some non-sense politics & get the seat & win. To name some permanent job holders……… 1. Gandhi/Nehru FAMILY for Generations-time, not only one life-time. 2. Devegowda & family, continuing for Generations………… 3. Mallikarjun Kharge 4. Dharam Singh (Failed ONLY this time) 5. R V Deshpande (Failed ONLY this time), trying for next gen 6. Bangarappa & family, continuing for Generations………… 7. Yedyurappa & family (with a new entrant, his son) 8. The Great Laloo Prasad Yadav & family & and so on……………….!!!!!!!! Now-a-days the trend in politics is people like above are establishing their own dynasty & their predecessor should be from their own family, like in olden days’ kingdoms. The only difference is Kings were ruling their own kingdom, these are ruling the entire country with the help of other kings, in the name of %
Educated, well to do, independent candidates are also a solution to this issue. We should make parties, that by definition will have lumpen elements, less powerful and vote for more and more independent candidates.
This will mean more dissenting voices in Parliament, challenges to useless policies and some transperancy in the workings of government.
We know that all our parties are 'Socialistic' yet, their members keep getting richer.
However, can we assure that our 'Capitalistic' businessmen are any better?
If one leaves aside the Tata Group, and that too during its heydays of J N Tata, his sons and then J R D Tata, how many Indian business houses have an iota to show for national development activities.
Most of our business houses are busy shedding employees to boost profits in a recession! Some have cooked their books.
Much of Europe (the entire city of Venice for e.g.), many monuments of the US (Rockefeller Center, Kellog School of Business, the list is endless) have been built up by traders / merchants / businessmen.
The tragedy of India is dual, dishonest socialists and unscrupulous capitalists.
However, we can actually rein in both, through more transperancy, in both public institutions and private.
One knows politicians starting with nothing and becoming millionaires.Apparently now it is all business.Make an investment in an election and then collect thereafter.So I am not surprised at money for questions. It is tragic to see people like Advani and worse Manmohan Singh caught up in this.I get sick when I see Manmohan take the high moral ground on secularism,boldness etc when he is a willing toady participating in this charade.The honourable thing for him to do was to call it a day,instead of being a proxy PM.Terrible times.
Re: You can RULE India for $700 million.
by Argumentative Indian on Apr 14, 2009 09:50 AM
This is the kind of Circular Logic that the European and American MNCs used to pummel India with high priced brands and goods ten or fifteen years ago and made spectacular losses.
80% Indians may be poor, but they're not stupid, they'll take your money and vote, as they please, it may be a vote for an emotional issue like a Mandir or a Caste, but it will still be what they want, not what the puppet master wants.
Ten crores in 5 years is big amount. It not only augers well for the politician, but also for his friends and relatives, caste men and religious group. As soon as some one becomes a politician, his people(of the above ilk)start asking for all sorts of favours. And the poor chap has to keep them in good humour so that he will have support next time around. Therefore, I believe that charity should start at common man's house, and let the ruler(politician)use the money for development.