“Politicians suck! Throw rocks at them!”


I won’t be very surprised if I find this on a Tshirt soon.

The attitude of the media and the people they interview these days is, to say the least, despicable. Yeah, fine, a lot of things went wrong due to which the tragedy at Mumbai occurred. But is it right to go for every politician’s jugular now?

For starters, who votes these guys in, or does not vote against these guys? The only solution these upper middle class folks can think of is to not vote. Is it that they don’t realize that it doesn’t make too much of a difference if they don’t vote, or are they just too lazy to vote?

Politicians have realized there’s no point of trying to woo this part of the electorate. No matter what a politician does, he always has a ‘hidden agenda’. A politician can never be right. These are people who don’t even read political news; how are they going to know who to vote for? Oh, and they are the last people who’ll think of attending election rallies. “Because it’s all lies and tripe anyway”.

Snobbery, fine. Everyone shows some – folks who think Bollywood music is infra-dig, or those who don’t watch hockey coz it’s not cool enough. But taking it to such extremes is like refusing to get out of your stilettos even when the arch of your foot is broken.

“Voting is like choosing the lesser of two evils”. Well, yes. But you do need to exercise your choice if you want to make a difference. Yes, some politicians are criminals, but you need to factor that in while making a choice. And no, education, doesn’t do away with corruption, ask anyone who’s worked on Incineer. All education does is help YOU make the better choice – seeing through the lies, the corrupt schemes, and informing you on what to do in case you come across inconsistencies and corruption.

Another thing that constantly comes to mind is that a corrupt official is not necessarily an inefficient official. Honesty and efficiency are two independent variables as far as an individual is concerned. But when you take it over a larger whole, it is better for the officials to be honest, as it enforces predictability and faith in the system.

“Politicians, get out of my city. I don’t need you to make things worse for us here”. Oh, and who is going to manage things for you, lady? Who will you blame the next time things go wrong as they surely will?

Why don’t people understand we need politicians? And frankly, you need to a ruthless, thick-skinned person to be in the profession. You need to play ‘politics’. Sure, it might be unpalatable for some, but it’s inevitable when so many compete for so few.

“Make it a meritocracy”…. well, you can. You are the ones who judge who would do a better job. So choose the right person. Don’t attempt to outsource it to some other agency by asking for restrictions on this and that. It’s hard on you, but that’s the price you pay for being able to choose. An honest matric-pass or a dishonest PhD. An inefficient honest man, or a get-things-done guy who occasionally asks for favours.

People go on the extremes – only old fuddy-duddies who are so out of touch with the pulse of the youth form the government. Can’t help it, can we, if you have to work your way up the ladder? And a young man or woman doesn’t have the requisite experience in public life to know about consequences of actions that impact an entire country. More so if they are urbane elite who haven’t worked at the grassroots level, be it in a rural area or an urban area.

“How come Raj Thackeray didn’t throw the non-Marathi NSG commandos out at the airport itself?”. Now you can say that arbitly, randomly, but on a news channel?! When you are supposed to be a top reporter? He has a weird way of expressing it, but his point is that outsiders do not learn the local language when they make Mumbai their home. Keyword ‘home’. Valid point in itself, though it needn’t have escalated to the heights it has. Why drag him into this? He doesn’t have any power over the security apparatus of Mumbai, does he? And if the commandos decided to live in Mumbai, maybe he’d’ve raised an issue, but they didn’t, so what are you talking about?

Having said that, I’ll add that he could have helped, by atleast providing chai-pani to the crowds outside, or taken care of crowd security…. or found some way to make himself useful. And relevant.

Then there are those who want war with Pakistan. Understandable anger, but we need to take a cold decision on that. Then there are those who don’t. Because they say they don’t want innocent people to suffer due to the war. Er… how about the innocent lives lost in these attacks? And there are some who say “Why can’t the governments of India and Pakistan arrive at a solution together?”.  Because one of us is the problem?

Oh, and the “Do not Politicize *”. How can you not politicize a misdeed of the government? That’s just a convenient escapist statement. Here is a list of all the Do Not Politicize statements put forth by the government.

And “Terror has no religion” and “Do not communalize this issue”. If terror really has no religion, why do terrorist emails routinely cite religion as their inspiration? And the media that so easily came up with “Hindu Terror” even though there was no inspiration claimed from the Gita or the Rig Veda or any Upanishad, why can’t it for once say “Islamic Terror”? Isn’t this double standards?

American papers carrying columns by Indians about how dangerous Hindu fascism is to the rest of the world. First it was just a couple, but now it’s a whole torrent. I’m getting sick of even dismissing these as tripe; I’m that irritated.

I’m sick-to-dying of hearing all these cliches every time I tune into any sort of media – be it the feeds I read, or the newspapers or the television. I have  moved beyond these hackneyed, ill-informed arguments which are fine, rather cute even, to spout in school-level debates but not elsewhere. I’m sick of having to correct people each time they open their mouths on current affairs. I’m sick of ill-informed people who consider it their prerogative to talk about current affairs without the slightest idea of what is going on.

Rest of the world, kindly give me a break.

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10 Responses to “Politicians suck! Throw rocks at them!”

  1. ego says:

    Agreed.

    Also, for clarification on the 49-O rule, which has been made famous through chain-emails as the “I Vote for Nobody” provision, check this out: http://voteindia.in/news.php

  2. Pranesh Srinivasan says:

    Just Another Rant. What are _you_ doing about it?

    I agree with some of the issues you brought up. Like for example
    people not voting. But that is all I agree with. I decided to put up a
    detailed comment, well because I may have nothing better to do.

    > But is it right to go for every politician’s jugular now?
    Well, not really. But have you heard what some politicians have
    said? Maybe we were always irritated in our own way, but this is the
    breaking point.

    Gosh! The NSGs having to wait for a plane, who were guarding the
    PM.

    > that they don’t realize that it doesn’t make too much of a difference if they
    Err.. The middle class forms an extremely small population of the
    country, compared to the people in the rural areas who can
    oh-so-easily be brought by liqour, cycles, promises of television,
    what not. And we should also realize that terrorism affects only those
    who live in any of these big cities. Most of India is still begging
    for better irrigation and cheaper power.

    I am not saying that we do not vote. But I think it is fair that
    people who do not vote, crib. I really think one will see a far
    better voter turnout in the next elections.

    > electorate. No matter what a politician does, he always has a ‘hidden agenda’.
    Give me one politician who has always been honest and done the “right”
    (as perceived by the public) thing in every situation in the recent past.

    > “Politicians, get out of my city. I don’t need you to make things worse for us
    What they probably meant is “Corrupt, useless, dishonest, inefficient
    politicians. In fact, everyone, since it forms a 99% majority with you
    people, get out of my city.”

    > Why don’t people understand we need politicians? And frankly, you need to a
    Haven’t you ever heard of countries like Singapore, or Scandinavia. If
    they are too far fetched, even countries like England, and Germany are
    fine. They do have corruption, but it does *not* affect their
    efficiency.

    I think the whole point about Raj Thackery was that he was nowhere to
    be seen, nowhere in spite of his Maratha or non-Maratha spirit.

    > Oh, and the “Do not Politicize *”.
    Ok, consider, “Do not Politicize Death”. tell me how you are going to
    falisify that statement.

    > Isn’t this double standards?
    Well, in my opinion, it is an honorable effort, if it were done
    consciously that we are not calling it Islamic Politics. The only
    thing that is really working in our favour is that a lot of these
    Islamic Movements in India have been taking active steps and holding
    Anti-terrorism conferences, and trying to explain to the young Islamic
    population that organisations like the LeT, misunderstand the Quran.

    The last thing we want is to cause communal strife by labeling it
    that. It may be fact, but you know as well as I do, that sometimes it
    is better not to say the obvious, especially when several people are
    working to help your cause.

    > Rest of the world, kindly give me a break.
    Unfortunately, the rest of the world does read your blog. So, it is
    rather unfortunate that one of we voiceless people decided to speak up
    for once.

    Oh, and the snowflakes are irritating. Please turn them off. Luckily I
    read your post from my feeds.

  3. wanderlust says:

    >>Just Another Rant. What are _you_ doing about it?
    ahhh the beginning of another finger-pointing comment.
    fwiw, I keep myself informed from various sources, I keep others informed, i try taking others out of their apathetic state.
    why do you always expect politicians to be politically correct? if they are, you say they are being ambiguous and diplomatic. if they are not, you say they are insensitive.
    oh the shock of the NSG travelling in a BEST bus… why do you complain only now? when funds are allocated for defense over art, you fret and fume and yap about gandhian nonviolence. and now you complain.
    surely, we will see a better voter turnout now. that’s coz tata’s realized his business is not gonna go far with such a government, and so is trying to increase the voter turnout with jaago re etc etc.
    it isn’t fair that you can crib if you don’t vote. it isn’t.
    Give me one politician…
    Modi. And if you use words like ‘pogrom’ and ‘carnage’, apart from ‘ethnic cleansing’ in connection with gujarat, i’ll ask you to refer to the dictionary. and if that doesn’t help, you risk another lecture from me.
    i don’t get your scandinavia and singapore bit w.r.t my post.
    what did you expect raj thackeray to do, really? apart fom the mandatory lip service, of course. offer money to the victims’ families? he risked loss of face if he did that. no matter what he did, he wouldn’t have got a good name anyway. he did th ebest possible thing he could do.
    “do not politicize death” wtf.
    after the mandatory grieving break, people need to get to the bottom of the possibly unnatural death. and those who are responsible for it due to their callousness need to be brought to book. politicizing is just a tool to do the same.

    honourable move my foot. aren’t they mobilizing public and global opinion against hindus? what wrong did we do? sell a bike four years ago, is that a sin? be patriots, is that a sin too? help tribals, is that wrong?
    and conferences bah. i’d rather not say more here.
    it pays not to distort the truth. we are rather tired of being fed nothing but lies from Macaulay’s time. for the sake of goddamn communal unity. which anyway doesn’t exist.

    i don’t get your “unfortunately…. yaada yada”.
    as for the snowflakes… they got automatically turned on. since i have a lot of better stuff to do, i’ll turn it off later.
    glad to know you subscribe.

  4. Logik says:

    Politicians Rock… Give them a fresh pair of socks and they’ll do just fine…

    @ego – Went through the site. Am greatly relieved. That email was getting really irritating. CJ’s ( Citizen journo’s) on CNN-IBN made an entire episode on it, with research material elegantly flicked from that email.
    Maybe they can make a scheme in which “I vote for nobody” can be delivered through proxy. The lazy bums want something like that anyway.
    Negative voting is the stupidest thing possible. Spending crores on publicity, saree-blouse-pieces, cheap toddy and colour televisions[ given by an eternally conjunctivited poet ], and these people make a mockery of it.. No sir. Not possible..

  5. wanderlust says:

    glad to meet you, sir kasm.
    but seriously, all i meant was, politicians are just like you and me, by-products of the system.
    i remember a news item in ToI during he karnataka elections which said that three people exercised the i vote for none option. and apparently more people attempted to do that, but the poll officials didn’t know about the existence of any such scheme.
    i was waiting for a sea of negative votes…. wanted to see how that provision can be misused. now, sadly…

  6. Logik says:

    Sir Kasm was being serious for a change.. That first line was supposed to make sense on many layers… It did to me, at least.

    Negative votes are really arbit. But the votes that are irrational are equally bad.
    and worsest are the ones which are imaginary…
    Lets see if something positive comes out of this. [ is this the wrong place for this 🙂 ]

  7. wanderlust says:

    hmm.. now that you mention it, yes, it does make sense.
    imaginary? i didn’t get that.

  8. Logik says:

    Messrs. Yadav and Yadav love booth capturing… Them are imaginary votes. But it’ll be a while before they comprehend and rig the electronic voting machines..

  9. ego says:

    Neutral voting gives a chance for the people to be more irresponsible.

    Our gen-X, which today comprises a sizeable portion of the voting population is easily enamoured with mediocrity. Neutral voting would only add to that since now, not only can choose to run away from the responsibility of finding out more about the contestants and parties and taking appropriate action, but they can do it under the legal cover.

    In Software Design, we give user a lot of control only when such a control won’t bring the system down. In cases where the user can screw up things, we give him limited options and educate him well about those options, so that he does the right thing.

    So, instead of focussing our energies on ratifying such proposals, I feel we’re better off educating ourselves.

  10. harish says:

    Very true. The most dangerous implication of this ‘blame all politicians’ madness is that the ones who have to be held responsible are let off. Instead of fixing the responsibility at the doors of our honourable UPA and the Maharashtra Government, who have successfully diluted our security apparatus in one way or the other, all politicians are being blamed in a very generic manner. That this madness is restricted to only those politically illiterate section of the urban middle class, who think it’s uncool to read politics and sheer waste of time to go out and vote, was evident by the record polling percentages seen in the states that went to polls.

    You make a very valid point about the need for politicians to be ‘political’. What happens if that is not the case has been made very evident by our knowledgable economist Prime Minister who just couldn’t go ahead and have his decision on any issue except the Indo US Nuclear deal. On innumerable occasions, be it the sale of residual stake in certain PSUs or decision to defer implementation of extension of malfunctioning employment guarantee scheme or the delhi encounter, our PM has backtracked unable to convince either his allies or his own party or both. If not backtracking, he has simply not taken any decision at all in many other instances. Take for instance how he just couldn’t stop Karunanidhi from resorting to completely unwarranted and extremely provocative harangue against Lord Rama and Ramayana. Similarly, when his own cabinet minsiter T R Balu started talking disrespectfully of the judiciary, our PM couldn’t even say an alphabet to shut him up. He couldn’t dare to ask Shibu Soren to resign even after he was convicted.

    And as you have mentioned, our Government and their media cohorts(which is the entire mainstream media) say this bullshit of not politicising terror. It’s another way of saying ‘don’t expose our misdeeds’. If the Government of the day has grossly mismanaged the nation’s security, isn’t it the duty of the opposition to take the issue to the people? You should not politicise the mishandling of the economy, you should not politicise total absence of any semblance of management of internal security, you should not politicise appeasement politics…the list goes on. What else remains to fight political battles on? Politics is about the people. If an issue relates to the people, it surely and certainly can be a political issue.

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