Its been quite some time that I left the formal corporate sector, in the last two years I have had diverse experiences from foundations, social entreprises, ngos to govt departments and industry bodies.If there is something to be missed I guess my class at ISB would complete it.
As known, that I am in Lucknow, and have been hearing and feeling UP politics after a long tine, In the last few days I have also have had a chance to meet people who are keen to work for social good but do not know how and where to begin, they have few ideas but also have the limitations that a normal Indian life puts on us. Anyhow I wish to put up a few things that have emerged out of these discussions.
First there is some news, the entire city of Nawab is today completely decked up in Blue, the official color of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party party, 200 cr is being spent for a rally that will have 20 lakh people, all state departments have jobs assigned to do, i mean jobs at the rally, so its kind of rally day and no state govt work in the capital, its like a official diktat that must be followed. Is this democracy or something else, we need to think and make our views known,
The reason why such a sheer no of people gather for these rallies is because it is normally targeted to a population that was depressed, one that had no real rejuvenator, until Kanshi Ram galvanised them once after Ambedkar did long back.
As we progress I believe these people would get to better positions in society the reasons for coming together for indentity crisis would no longer be there. Why are the OBCs or other minorities not so tightly coupled, this is primarily because a common objective of identity crisis no longer brings them at a single footing, its no longer about mere existence but about the quality of existence for most Indians now.
The era of Mahatma was very different, he could bring people together because all of them were fed up with the English rulers, they had a singular mission- to throw out the tyrants. In this age it would be very hard for even a Mahatma to get people together
There has been a lot of debate on Mayawati’s works and actions, I have my own take on it it seems to me that “Mayawati wishes to etch her name in the history of India, civics just happens, she wishes to have more statues than the Mahatma, When our civilisation ends we will have statues being unearthed, we will have archaeologist say only 3 legendary people were there Mahatma, Jawahar and Mayawati
On a different note I hear voices that want the country to be revolutionised, a common voice echoes-the need for sensible youth to plunge into politics.Some have even asked me why not me? indeed it is a great suggestion, I really believe having power is critical to make a difference. If you have power and good intentions then you really can do good to millions. It is only in the system where you have the chance to impact most. But there has not been great examples of middle class youth plunge in (not that I require one), But this kicks your thinking why not new educated leaders, no first generation young politician from a nonpolitical background. Does this mean anything ? I leave for you the reader to think on