Politics unconditionally and unquestionably relate to Raj-Dharma; that is, duties towards the welfare of the people. The horse symbolizes the ‘duties’, the Dharma; and the cart symbolizes the ‘right one has’. In electoral democracy, it is the duty of an individual to express his choice about the one who, in his opinion, is fit to represent others. The one who is fit to represent others or the one who is fit to express his opinion about who is fit to represent must be qualified enough to represent or express his opinion about who is fit to represent others.
There cannot be a more suitable yardstick to measure as to who is fit to represent and/or express opinion about the suitability of people’s representatives than one’s dedication and commitment for the selfless service of the people. Further, there cannot be a better method to ascertain one’s dedication and commitment than to look at one’s past performance.
As members of a democratic system, it is our solemn duty to summarily discard all those who aspire to represent others (the politicians) or express their opinion on the choice of people’s representatives (the political commentators), if we are not convinced that one who aspires to become a politician or political commentator has a satisfactory record of selfless service to the people.
It is unfortunate that democracy has abruptly cropped up as a reaction of feudalism and autocracy; it has not been evolved from mature spiritualistic considerations. Hence, people must act to rectify the errors of the past acting as responsible and dutiful citizens of their respective countries.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]