Saturday, 22 November 2014
What do we understand by political vocation? Very early on in my career as a civil servant I went with a delegation to India and I found that most of the politicians had been in politics for more than 30 years. They were still going strong. The average life of a civil servant is between 37 to 39 years unless the age is fudged. In our country, politics is rather naively held to be an infant existence. We always talk of a fledgling politics. Politics is about leadership situations and unless the democratic process for leadership determination is put in place there will remain this concept of a Mughal emperor in position of authority with hardly or no accountability to the people of the country. So how do we influence our leadership positions? There is no public consensus and anyone who is backed by some kind of manipulation becomes a leader. There have been serious reservations on the perverted election by selection process as it is not equitable in nature. Nor does it provide equal opportunity or of conditions to make the grade as a leader.