A political leader from a particular political party honoured with a garland of currency notes worth millions of rupees (Indian currency), crores spent on erecting statues of leaders, money collected from people for birthday celebrations of political leaders, agitation orchestrated by political parties witnessing huge loss of both public and private properties…….
My question is whose money is it that is being gutted? It’s mine, it’s yours. Then why it is at the mercy of some XYZ political leader whom we have chosen as a citizen of a democratic country. The word “democratic” takes me into retrospect where in history subjects of a state had to oblige by the decisions of a king as a thumb rule and they had no choice. So how a king would turn out is a matter of fate of the subjects. But now we should be thankful that we are in the era of democracy where we have a right to choose our leader. Isn’t it? Are we doing it diligently?
To begin with the entire process of election that is the face of democracy is a very costly affair. Billions of rupees are allocated for this process for every party. Source – taxes we pay. And after all the high voltage drama of elections are over we suddenly get a scrolling on the news channel announcing the next date for mid-term elections. Again the national interest takes a back seat and national politics drives the “money wastage” drive. And our concerns (read tensions) regarding policy changes be it home loan or pension is a bonus.
Question is why it happens. Let’s take a look:
- Just like every adult (18+) can vote any citizen of India can contest for the elections. The problem is “any” is never scrutinized in detail which means a person with a tainted background could contest the elections which spells collateral damage for the country in future. That could be in the form of scams, haywire law and order, recurring elections. In any case it is our money that is squandered away.
- Responsible citizens shrugging away from their responsibilities: Elections day is not just a holiday but its a day to carry out our most important duty. Remember that silence of a learned man is more dangerous than the banter of a foolish. Vote bank politics is a result of our negligence towards our responsibility and eventually its only we who suffer.
Now that we have an idea on how and what causes wastage of national resource – money, this is least that we can do in the interest of the nation:
- Passing the buck won’t help anymore. First of all respect and exercise right to vote diligently, this right is our duty. Elect deserving candidates.
- Give attention to indirect taxes along with direct taxes. I know what I am talking about is going to burn a hole in your pocket but our negligence to pay likes of sales tax gives rise to black money and parallel economy that in turn induces government to squeeze out more from your account in the form of direct taxes. And that’s a double trouble.
Think about it.