Politics and Nonpolitics
In recent years we here frequently the call by several political leaders exhorting the people to join the move by their parties to launch a tirade against their political opponents.When we remain passive to these calls they criticize us as being nonpolitical and cowards.In their opinion the only aim of our life is promoting the cause for which they stand.When they move from the ruling setup to the opposition or viceversa,we also have to move likewise.If we remain noncommited they want us to take a clear political stand.But if our political stand is not in the same wavelength as theirs they will tarnish our image.In short they want all peopleto support their views irrespective of the merit of the cause.
In this age of technological advances in all spheres of our lives ,it is impossible to negate the influence of the media.We depend on the channels or mobile phones to get the latest goings around us.The internet helps us to know about the happenings across the world at the press of the mouse.We not only see but also hear live how the leaders speak at public platforms .The most abusive manner in which they speak and show bodilyactions is being viewed live by thousands.The leaders entertain the press reporters well in advance to give wide coverage to the speech.When these vulgar speeches lead to strong protests from the public they will plead innocence,and argue that the media has twisted the speech .They will give new meanings for the abusive words from their own dictionary.
Similarly in the case of atrocities against women a leader will deliver firing speeches against this heinous act.But he himself will mentally torture ladies with more abusive language.When a leader vows to take a political opponent to the highest court by spending crores,he remains silent on many similar crimes commited by his party colleagues.Land mafia in some cases are woes but in some other cases they are friends.While dealing with corruption also the same double standard is adopted.
When these gimmicks are being stagemanaged without an interruption the voters sit and think as to what stand is to be taken.He will not disclose it to the party bosses as they feel such an exercise is futile.He will slowly withdraw from the rallies or hartals or effigy burnings or picketing and stonethrowing dramme well directed by the parties .The leaders now complain about the nonpolitical attitude among the voters .They want all the people to come forward to become martyrs during such violent agitations sothat the leaders can contest and win elections with huge margins.As a consolation they will come to the house of the martyr with a well decorated reath with the accompaniment of the channel reporters and caparisoned elephants and band sets.By placing a garland on the photo of the martyr is the end of the show.The martyr’s role is over and the party leaders reach top positions TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.As they have no parliamentary greed they will plead to the party to releave them from the present position.But the party dicides to elevate them to the role of a minister or MP.As most loyal worker s they will accept the party dicision.
As a country with multiparty political system,people have chosen to elect several combinations to power on various occasions.This has happened because the Indian voter is politically conscious.To describe them as nonpolitical is ignorance or illmotivated.If you convince the voters with your own wellspeltout policies and actions they will vote for you.Otherwise you will end up with a fool’s dream.