Someone once said that politics is the last resort for scoundrels. Today world over, this saying has been painfully more than accurate. Being in civilian politics these days, is never a profession to brag about.
Why are the politicians so hated? First they come to you during the time of elections begging for votes. They behave like a long lost friend, your most loved relative and try every trick in their book to coax you for that one vote. They amazingly repeat the same with scores of people minus any disdain. The common man is all forgiving and all the prior transgressions committed by the former are quickly forgotten. The smartest of these politicians get the vote and are elected. It doesn’t take much time after which their true colours come out and they forget the people who voted them and only remember the ones who funded them.
This is the sad state of affairs all around the world in various democratic societies . Politicians are among the least moral compass of the society that they claim to represent. When calamity happens they cash on it for personal gains; in India when a girl gets raped, according to them it’s her fault and they find reasons to blame her; in Italy the prime minister sleeps with minors; in Syria the president is more than happy to gas his own citizens; in China while the country is developing, the politicians are more than happy to loot the wealth and prevent its flux into the common people who needs it the most; and it goes on and on. There are simply no rules, morals or ethics in politics.
Politics needs reforms, or to be explicit-urgent reforms. Just as professions like engineering, medicine etc., are regulated in many parts of the world, politics shouldn’t be any different. It needs to have its own set of rules. It needs to have a system that creates leaders, visionaries and not crooks and sycophants. It needs to be a welcoming platform for the cream of the society, to partake in the decision making process.
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‘One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors’.Plato