“Politics” especially when referred in the Indian context has more or less transformed into a “Reality Show” where almost every other politicians are just trying their best to blame each other in a rampant manner. In such an obscene situation which can’t be dignified either ethically or morally a million dollar question arises that how much it is feasible for a young mind to enter politics and opt it as a career? Obviously at the time when country is going through such a turbulent phase, it becomes emphatic to have the participation of young minds whole-heartedly which could not only be helpful for the country’s development but also provide them a real understanding of politics. But at what cost? Is it really as easy as it is said?
In a leadership seminar on the eve of the book launch of the best-selling author Dr. Shashi Tharoor who has not been only a literary genius but also an eminent intellectual who is also a Member of Parliament along with Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation addressed the young crowd of the capital city on the challenges in being a politician.
As every post has a price tag attached with it in the form of either immense hard work, unending will or unmatched dedication; Jayant Sinha elaborated the opportunity cost attached with being a politician. On the other hand Dr. Tharoor talked about the perception of the middle and upper-middle class people who educate themselves and their children in order to get their dream jobs inspite of selecting politics as a career. He also talked about our reluctance towards the reality of corruption which almost seems unavoidable. Both Mr. Sinha and Tharoor when asked about ideologies emphasized on the voracious reading of books which can only shape our ideologies in a true sense without being influenced by the fanatics or someone who want to use our lack of knowledge for their own illegitimate benefits. Mr. Sinha also talked about the various facades of politics where politics ranges from pure business where people are busy in ‘Searching the Spoils’ and there are also people who are in the serious business of serving the nation. Both the dignitaries talked about the mechanism and hierarchy of the politics that the young minds are almost unaware. Reason being! Our lack of knowledge and complacency! “The politics which used to be earlier of Galli-Nalli has transformed into the politics of Transfer, Job and Promotion now” in the words of Mr. Sinha. Dr. Tharoor also talked at length about the need and essence of liberty which today some empty-headed people are trying to curb on the name of religion, caste and other senseless factors which has nothing to do with the development. Both Mr. Sharma and Tharoor concluded the need of youngsters involvement at least at substantial level which would help them to create a better nation and a better future for themselves as it is practically not possible for everyone to be a politician.