politics : pl. n. [usu. treated as sing.] the activities treated with the governance of a country or area. a particular set of political beliefs or principles.
– Oxford Dictionary
Yes. Politics that we understand today entirely digresses from this definition. Jhol, kaand, locha, bhrashtachaaris the picture drawn in our heads when we think about politics, whether in our country or elsewhere. Politics is supposed to be dirty- that’s all we believe. But this image has been made long before the definition came into place and India, a land victimised by many foreign rulers, fell prey to this game.
Post independence, India has continuously seen a rule of the Congress Party barring one stint of the Vajpayee Government. India now is seeing its current Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, a self made BJP man on a mission to make India Congress-free. But if you come to think about it, is that a reality? In his first major campaign, Modi selected Congress MP Shashi Tharoor as one of the nine ambassadors for his Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan campaign. And even though the plan is to eradicate the Italian-led party, his own brainchild is one-ninth Congress. This leads me to deciphering how Corporate India works.
Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation, is one of India’s leading personalities in the finance sector. For those who don’t know, he is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Glaxo India Ltd & Burroughs Wellcome (India) Ltd and on the boards of numerous Indian and multinational companies like Castrol India Limited, Hindustan Unilever, Siemens Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra, Indian Hotels Company and SingTel. Mr. Parekh is also an advisory board member of AIESEC India and US Engineering consultancy giant, AECOM. Mr. Parekh is not the only example of a person who is working across different boards. It must be a herculean task in itself, but the point to be noted is that he does not have a problem with hierarchy at all! He is true to his work.
Now let’s look at it together…
Deepak Parekh’s presence on the board of a dozen other companies keeps everyone happy, isn’t it. That’s a reliable and trustworthy name. Why can’t the same be practised with politics. Voting is a right and each vote counts. But let’s dig deeper. Why vote? The 2014 Lok Sabha elections registered about 50-60% voter turnout. The other half of population eligible to vote chooses to be indifferent and not to exercise this right. The BJP threw the UPA out of power, anti-incumbency and two dozen scams working in their favour. But why still did BJP have to form a coalition party at the centre even after getting a clear mandate alone? Just to keep good ties with its allies as they know that maybe, the same may work against them after another ten years and they’ll need someone to tag along to face the bad times? POLITICS. If Mr. Modi likes Mr. Tharoor so much, might as well give him place in his cabinet of ministers. Par nahi, Swachh Bharat tak hi theek hain!
How they both come halfway and meet
India has innumerable political parties, all driven by a unique ideology, but if they aim at anything but serving the country, they should cease to exist. Elections have now become a race to claim THE seat. No way is a wrong way to reach the top. A party promotes itself well only by demoting its competitor. What if all parties come together in the country’s interest and form a sort of conglomerate where each party gets fair representation via its members, and thus guaranteeing that the ideology on which the party is based does not die and swear to serve the country. When the nation’s pride come before personal vendetta, I think even regional parties can put up a great show in this political circus. Think of the party where the most deserving leaders of BJP, AAP, INC, NCP swallow their egos, come together and work in tandem. No one needs to cast a vote as each party is getting representation. And Politics can become the best avenue for social service. Corruption and scandals are only letting down the image of what is a noble job- The job of serving one’s country, without a ‘single-party rule’. If this can be achieved, we shall veer more towards the dictionary defined meaning of the word Politics, than the preconceived one in our heads.
Our political leaders have a lot to learn from their corporate counterparts. Those abreast with Indian Politics well may shun this idea, saying it’s a dream that cannot be lived as it is unreal and too ideal. But good governance is all about channelling our energies in the correct direction, isn’t it?