I am not a political kind of person. Neither I keep any interest in specific political party or supports them. But, I do have views independent of any of their agendas. Views on how the politics should work for the benefit of the people and the country.
It just got to my mind, when I went through the candidature list of my area, reading of candidates from various political parties contesting to be the members of Indian parliament. And I got specific interest in one of the candidate, about whom I will be discussing today.
For the information of my non Indian Bloggerville residents, India has 26 states and each state has many districts. There will be 1-6 political constituencies in each of the district. I reside on Kerala state and in the Trivandrum district.
So, this candidate, about whom I am talking was born in Kerala, in Palakkad district, not in my district where he stood for the election. I am pretty sure, he doesn’t even know the roads in trivandrum, so better as even a 6 year school going child in Trivandrum does. Second, at the age of 18, he left to overseas for studies. Then, after studies, he got job as “United Nations Under secretary”.So,this may be his first visit to trivandrum, or perhaps, to India itself, that too after the offer for standing in the elections, by the political party supporting him. So, the strong point that makes me against him is that, he never knew the place, people or their problems , where he stood for the elections.
Second, there are too things to wonder? Why he was offered a seat to stand for elections and why did he accept it? Here are my views. It’s a public fact that this guy is a very rich man. He has lot of financial assets both in India and abroad. So, one thing the political party can be assured of in this deal is the vast funds he can offer for the election campaign and the consequent party advertisements and field work. Next, the reason for which he might have accepted the offer to stand for election, is because, the best deal the political party could offer him is, if he wins and the party has majority in the parliament, then, he will be awarded with post of “external affairs minister” in Indian ministry. I am pretty sure, it would be his dream job, after serving so many years in United Nations. It will be a glamor career change for him. I don’t hide the point that, he is well qualified for the post. He has the education, experience and the caliber to take on that post.
Another point that I emphasis is, he used his power of voting as a citizen during this election for the first time, and too at a age of 38 and when he itself is the candidate. In India, a citizen can vote from the age of 18, and he never even thought for getting his voter’s Identity card, until it was required for him to stand in election. If he wasn’t standing for elections, he would not have even voted in this elections too. Or may be until the day he returns to India(or will such a day come), to settle down for life.The fact that hurt me most is that he was kinda proud in announcing this fact publicly after the elections. He should be ashamed to consider himself as a Indian citizen , at least to declare himself as a candidate to represent a constituency in the India Parliament.
And now, what if the people rule him out? What if they think that he is unworthy of representing them ,and gets him down in the elections? Well, he will return abroad, from where he came. He will resume his career, in the same or much better way. He has nothing to lose. Also, the political party, a single defeat won’t be a big trouble, until the margin gets so tight. But still, the money received will stand high.
It will be just the people who will be the jesters on this whole political melodrama.