With great power, comes great responsibility and the way the Politicians in India abuse their powers is egregious.
Be it Odisha Minister Yogendra Behera who made his PSO tie his sandal straps in public in Kendujhar, and proudly claimed,”I am a VIP” or Madhya Pradesh animal husbandry minister Kusum Mehdele who kicked away a small boy who begged on his knees – all the politicians abuse power.
Once a politician is chosen as MLA or MP, despite the fact that in principle he is liable to the public, practically speaking – the individual can do what he wants for the following 5 years and the general population can’t meddle.
The Politicians as well as their kids escape with crimes regardless of how heinous they might be. Inebriated driving, assaults, scams and scandals, murders, bar fights and so on, they have every one of the ways to escape with it, such is nepotism in our nation. They even have the power and means to get away with sting operations, for instance, the CM of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat’s Horse-trading sting. Politicians are called public servants but it is the other way round. The common man suffers throughout, the “VIPS” don’t have to stand in a queue or work hard to earn a living, Bribery is their bread and butter.
On retrospecting, it is bizarre how Manu Sharma, son of former Indian National Congress minister Venod Sharma murdered Jessica Lal on 29 April 1999 and was found guilty on 18 December 2006. There were 32 witnesses who turned hostile. It is just horrifying how easily he got away with a murder for years in spite of killing someone in a public place.
Do power and affluence influence the lives of the common?
Yes, it does. Roadblocks and traffic jams because of the very important personalities are execrated by the common man. It is crippling that no action can be taken against these things. We have yielded too much force in the hands of such rabble-rousers, it is incorrigible.
It is commonplace to find in India today, that politicians come to power by raising emotional issues of caste, religion or language, and upon coming to power, use all their energy in amassing great wealth. They forget public interest and causes entirely.
Perhaps it is the time that the intellectual class becomes active in spreading the right messages among people so that the crooked politicians are not able to deceive the gullible public, and the focus of national polity is shifted to development and poverty removal.