India is supposed to be the land of Gandhi. The Mahatma for all his faults was a honest leader who himself lived a frugal life and eschewed the luxuries of life. He was a crusader against corruption and even in a case involving his son, who had embezzeled money he requested that action be taken against him. He was also an astute politician who side lined Subhas Bose and Bhagat Singh.
Unfortunately the spirit of Gandhi died with him and new breed of politicians of the Indian state have a different agenda. They treat poltics as a career and make moneyat every opportunity. A look at the Indian political scene shows that all politicians of any party though of humble origins, end with being wealthy.
Lets take a look at some of our political icons. Start with Vilas Rao Deshmukh. I have all the sympathy for hs family after his death and many are eulogising him,including the press. But people forget that 4 decades back Vilasrao was a small time politician in rural Mahrashtra. He was definitely NOT rich, but on his demise he has assets running into crores. How did he amass these crores when he had no steady job ? One is saddened at his death, but these are inconvenient questions that needto be answered.
Take any politician from Bala Saheb Thackery who in 1962 was a small time cartoonist earning Rs 250 and now this man is one of the richest in Mahrashtra. I think even his supporters cannot explain how he amssed his crores when he again had no business and no work. He was only heading a political party and dhe needle odf suspicion points to extortion and deals involving Kick backs. In fact a look at the central cabinet, there is hardly a Minister from Sharad Power, to Kamal Nath and Lalu Prasad Yadav to Mulayam Singh Yada vwho cannot be classified as a crorepati( Man of billions).
This is the bane of India , it is sad that corruption has eaten into the vitals of the system and the politicians are at the head of it. What of the future ? There does not seem any way out except a 'class strugggle' in the classical Marxist theory. India is like the Russian state at the time of the Tsar. A revolution threw him out and I am sure something similar will happen here. The bell tolls, politicians beware !