Not just politics

The range of expediency is too wide to be applied to politicians alone

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AJAZ UL HAQUE

As elections draw nearer, so change the perceptions. What till now was considered unimportant or least important suddenly assumes the importance of highest order. If prisoners were no issue till today, now they are being talked about so vociferously. Kashmir file is being dug out from the debris of the past to make things look fresh again. United Nations resolutions (which many find too old and meaningless to waste one's breath on) come alive in the Kashmir context as and when they desperately need public support. Kashmir's accession to India (conditional, final, unique or whatever) becomes a staple for those who feed on Kashmir politics for so long. All this is needed for the survival of a few. Politicians make past deliver at present to ensure a safer, stronger future. Well, that has been the story as old as time. Smelling and cashing on the mood of the time is what makes a successful politician. They sell promises to make sure they are being believed.
Politics, like other affairs of life, is full of compulsions and compromises. Like every smart professional, a politician too assess a given situation and applies his mind to twist it to his choice. He makes it count to the fullest. This trait does seem chameleonic (and in most of the cases it is), but the method is no different in other fields. Since politics has been traditionally and axiomatically taken as the `ultimate refuge of scoundrels', so we find all condemnable in the methods a politician adopts to keep himself in power. We being outside the game may too do the same (or even worse) in our own lives, but we enjoy an advantage. The advantage of anonymity. Since a politician is always stripped naked in front of people, his prominence undoes him. In business, sports, academics, even in personal, emotional or domestic affairs, stands seldom stand at a point. There are strange bedfellows everywhere. Friends turn foes, foes friends. New ideas are being co-opted, old ones shunned like an unwanted skin. We do all this to make our competitors our companions. That is how the world wags. Though one can't quite justify every wrong done, every lie crafted in the guise of compulsion. But we may have to broaden up the horizon of deception and fraud beyond politics. Human spectrum is too vast and too wide to accommodate tribes of all backgrounds and people of all colour and birth.
Our not being a politician is a chance the same way as someone's being one is. You can't be noble just because you aren't in politics the same way somebody can't be corrupt just because he is. Nobility lies in the being, not in the callings.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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