2nd September 2010
Neglect politics at your peril
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! – Pericles (430 B.C.)
Of the things we take for granted in our lives, politics must surely rank the highest. Politics determines policy, and policy determines our lives. It impacts whether our children will be around to look after us in our old age; whether we will be taken quickly to hospital after a hit-and-run road accident – indeed, whether there will be an emergency vehicle available at all or even whether a hospital will exist; whether we will find a job; whether we will find a house to live in; whether our street will have functioning drains; and so on. Virtually everything in our lives is determined by politics, even how we respond to relentless terrorism.
We neglect politics only at great peril. The difference between the life of citizens in genuinely free countries and in India boils down to the difference in the quality of politics in these countries. It is therefore better to control politics than to let it control us. Our actions today: whether we choose the politics of freedom, or connive with the politics of collectivism and corruption, will determine our future.