Austerity and Indian politics…

Today’s Indian Express says Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar has said that austerity by a politician should be a voluntary gesture. Well, I as a citizen of India want to question this statement made by honorary Lok Sabha Speaker.

 

-> Does flying with economy class brings down your prestige and social status?

-> Does travelling by an ambassador or any government assigned vehicle harms your status?

-> Does paying electricity and phone bills harm your status?

 

I guess every politician will answer yes to these questions, as they are not habituated to live big and work less. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are held so as to solve the problems faced by the country and state. But the picture there is pretty different. At first place MPs don’t attend the parliamentary sessions, and use the highly costly and worldly pleasures offered at these places. If you don’t want to work there, don’t become a MP. MPs fight in the parliament like they are in a school. Are you paid to do this? Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha expenditure is done through the revenue generated from people. So MPs should note this thing and don’t pretend to be spending their own money on this.

 

Another issue is, what’s the harm in flying economy class? According to Lok Sabha speaker this issue should be left to the politicians. I bet no politician will fly economy class if left on his/her own. The ticket expenditure on every politician is through public revenue and taxes. So why waste in such a foolish way?

 

New MPs like Azaruddin and Shatrugna Sinha are demanding bigger and larger homes. What’s your status man? You are just a new born kid in the Lok and Rajya Sabha. Then why demand such foolish thing? Before becoming MP weren’t you living in the same place? So what’s wrong in living there after becoming MP? If a boy or girl of age 8 is demanding to be placed in class 10, can we do that? A person gets whatever he has got according to his abilities. So better leave demanding big things. At first do some good work and then demand.

 

MPs like Shashi Tharoor sorry Shashi (GYM)oor wants his own gym and privacy. If you want privacy build your own gym at the place you live and maintain your privacy. Aamir Khan also has his own gym, go his way. Why to live in seven star hotels and that too in Presidential suit? Who’s money you are spending there? I bet you are not spending your own money there. And if you are spending your own money, give Indian citizens the source of such huge money. Same applies for S.M. Krishna also.

 

Hon. Mayawati ji also built so many statues. Who’s money you are spending madam? Why nobody questions them? Banks and courts screw common man for not paying debt and spending more than what he got. Income Tax department raids common man’s home only, if seen some inconsistency in the income pattern. But then why not raid a politicians house and take action after that?

 

These things are really maddening. I don’t see a solution to it, until politicians follow the austerity suit. Freedom Fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Lal Bahadur Shastri and many more, had also lived an austere life.  Mahatma Gandhi left wearing full cloths because people were not having anything to wear. Lal Bahadur Shastri left eating rice because common public was not getting rice to it. Why did these people have done this? Because they followed austerity and that’s why they live thousands of years in the minds of public and in History. Today’s politician’s life is very miserable, because they have done this to themselves. These politicians will only be on the paper of history books but won’t be in anybody’s mind. Once they step down from the throne they won’t be counted also. Mind it.

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Comparison between ancient leaders and current ones…

Today king or emperor is replaced by President, Prime Minister or Leader. But that’s not the only difference. A king used to see that his public, people seek utmost comfort in his/her regime. He used to personally see what is amiss in his society or state. But today politicians are busy in getting their pockets drenched with money. They don’t care about public anymore. The only time they care about public is election time.

 

In ancient days, a King used to change his get up, appearance and mix into public, unknown to public, and see what is going on in his society. This move of his was meant to find out what are the problems people need to face, what are the intricacies and hardships which they face in day-to-day life. But today we don’t find a single politician or leader (as they call themselves) irrespective of which party he or she belongs to.

 

Why this is so???

 

Because, today politicians are busy in travelling abroad for some reason or the other, irrespective of whether it is needed or not. One example I can cite here is of Pune Municipal Corporation members. PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) members had gone to Simla for their annual meeting. Isn’t this pathetic? Why someone from Pune need to go to Simla for annual meeting? Can’t they solve the problems of Pune city by staying in Pune itself?

 

Today if a politician from any party wants to get himself called as True Leader he needs to go into public without any luxury he or she currently seeks. My challenge to all politicians is:

1)      Go into public without security, as a common man, and feel and see how insecure a common man’s life is.

2)      Go into public by changing get up and understand the problems. This is the best way to get to the root of the problems.

3)      Think of betterment of general public not yourself.

 

If any politician acts on above stated points and works for betterment of public, I will or rather public will salute to him/her and will willingly call him/her “A true leader”.