15 Mar 2019 06:36am IST
Joseph Lewis D’Silva
Elections are coming closer and closer and political parties are getting readier and readier for the tug-of-war to get the seat of power.
The key to winning elections depends on the candidates standing for selection. So, party tickets are given to politicians who are effective bluff masters and can persuade voters with unrealistic promises. Also to candidates, who have large chunk of money to buy votes and distribute goodies. Parties may recruit criminals because criminals bring with them money and have the capacity to raise it, often through muscle power.
There are two kinds of politicians, the one who are genuinely patriotic, self sacrificing and who have an inner push to plunge into politics because they are fired up with a vision to work for the poor, downtrodden, the exploited and neglected brethren. The other politicians enter politics for they see in their mind's eye the enormous power, position and profit. They intend to collect wealth without any moral conscience. They journey through ‘goonda’ tactics and also have links with high-profile criminals. It is because of these kind of people, politics has become dirty and politicians, as a class have been defamed in general.
Our polls are not fair and honest --- Many politicians tempt voters with money as well as with expensive gifts. They even influence institutions --- religious, social or educational with donations and sponsorship, which they give not as humanitarian aid but just to get them, votes in the ballot box.
Readiness of politicians depends on promises. So, they promise people heaven and then take them to hell. They promise development and bring about their self-development. They promise ‘achhe din’ (good days). But alas! Their promised of ‘achhe din’ dodges the common man and keeps him in the same old ‘burra din’. Politicians lead people with many such false promises. Breaking pre-poll promises have been our leaders’ style of living according to their conscience.
The electorate, have their own method of choosing their leaders. Voters in general lap up every word of ‘chalak’ politicians’ promises and elect MLAs in exchange of goods; the electorate get depressed after their elected leaders break the promises made. All this saddens many wise heads and damages their faith in democracy.
Voters should just think for a while before casting their vote. Firstly, whether to select the same politician who has not kept promises.
Secondly, electorate should understand that our motherland is not an individual’s private property to be in the hands of one single party forever and ever, till death doth them apart.
People should know that the longer the politicians occupy the chair the greedier they become. Therefore, to control corruption and jumping jacks politicians who do not respect the people who elect them should not be elected again. There are many, capable hands, who, are waiting, wanting and wishing to serve the nation.
Election is a very serious issue where the fate of all of us, the future of our children depends. We are the voters; we choose leaders to rule our country. We need to protect our motherland from those who manipulate issues for their personal gains.