I won’t go into the details of what happened, though I really wanted to a couple of days back… I’ve somehow lost the enthu. But the point of this post is a bit of what Mr. RK Misra (winner of Lead India) said.
Someone said something about inspiring students to get into politics, and them “being the change”. Mr. Misra replied, addressing the students,
Don’t get into politics this young. Make money first. If you have your family backing you financially in this, then do go on. But not otherwise. Make money first. Politics is not a regular-paying job. You get paid only IF you get elected. You’ll have to come under a big politician at first, and all you’ll get, if anything, will be crumbs. You will be so hungry that finally when at age 40-50 you get your first taste of power, you’ll start eating, eating, and never stop eating.
Makes sense for once, doesn’t it?
I still stick to my stand. It is our duty as voters in a democracy to be as well-informed as possible so that we can make an intelligent choice. And people need to feel from a very young age that they can make a difference to the way the country runs, and that they are involved in the country’s progress. Being disillusioned with the country and scurrying off abroad like rats deserting a ship helps you, perhaps, (I am not grudging people who leave the country for better opportunities abroad – I just feel the general feeling that there are no opportunities left in India and that going abroad is the only key to more opportunities needs to be changed. And fast) but is not really going to help the country.
And you need to stay informed, coz it’s not like you’ll suddenly be the paragon of awareness and conviction on your 40th birthday otherwise.
Oh, and catch CNN-IBN this evening (24th Feb 2008) 6 PM. A report on Last Word is being telecast. Watch maadi They Stabbed.
(Aside: As for the press person covering Last Word who called another national newspaper a porn rag and went on to say his paper went against the tide by denouncing the “India Shining” campaign when everyone was lapping it up… your leftist paper is no different, and the motives behind your denouncing of India Shining was no different from the motives the er.. “porn rag” has when it’s running with the hares and hunting with the hounds.
And these opinions, I assure everyone are mine and my own, and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of my friends, or blogmate, or my college.)