| Issue 386
and Regional Affairs
Amin D. Caynashe, USA
Politics - a word detested by most of the common people. To an ordinary
person, politics is a synonym to corruption, misuse of power, money
laundering and other take away. Politics has earned such a bad name for
itself everywhere that even the most honest political leader is looked
upon with suspicion. Elections come and go.
Majority of the populace does not bother to vote. They know, once
elected a candidate forgets his electorate and runs after money and
power. But these elected leaders can play havoc or bring peace and
prosperity in the society. It depends on both their decisions and
participation of people. It is true that political decisions and
activities affect all aspects of people's lives. But is it really
Right from start of elections, candidates go on talking glibly about
their plans to work for the benefit of all. They give speeches, hold
rallies, fund raisers and waste precious money and time- just for power.
It's after they are elected, their ambiguous talk is exposed. Elected
representatives often get portfolios for which they are totally
unqualified. Imagine an illiterate politician becoming a minister for
education, minister of agriculture so on. Hard to believe but is
commonplace in many backward countries. Such a man will be totally
incompetent for office and may end up spoiling the education system. The
common man won't be able to do a thing except watching promising careers
and dreams fade away into oblivion.
In most cases common people get most affected while not even being fully
aware of the reasons. That’s the whole irony of it. Most decisions and
policies get formed without the peoples say. They are helpless watchers
of the whole game.
Complete communication is akin to "the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth." It means leaving nothing out - but it doesn't
mean using the truth as a blunt instrument to make others feel or look
bad. It means providing the context when we ask for something, so that
others can understand the why behind our request, and see how their
response fits into a bigger picture our government. And it means saying
the important things to our people and family instead of assuming that
they know how we feel.
Just like any tool, political ability can be turned to good uses or bad.
We can use a hammer to smash a priceless piece of art, or we can use it
to tap a finishing nail into a beautiful piece of Gold. In either case,
it's not the hammer that caused the end result; it's what we’ve done
with the hammer. That is same what our president do to the power.
History of democracy tells us that it is name of slow and steady change
and continuous struggle. You can't build Rome in one day. You have to
wait and collateral efforts are required like a switch in time. Struggle
initiated by one generation carried on by next one and then next process
going on till after several decades the fruitful results start
revealing. But as a nation we show signs of urgency, wants to have
results even waiting long enough to allow time to get ripen.
As all we know, the life of premature change is very thin. Secondly, the
process of our real democracy needs continuity to search the right
system and right government. Any disruption and breakdown, results not
only in sudden halt of the process but also put car in reverse gear.
Same vicious cycle repeated again and again in any good country so many
times that it is now become the stable and well developed country.
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well
what leads you forward and what holds you back, choose the path that
leads to wisdom