Underestimating the Change
The stagnation in politics had heralded a new Messiah. Narendra Modi brings hope in the absence of a strong opposition, writes G. Palanithurai.
Change is an eternal phenomenon and the speed of change is the growing phenomenon, especially with the advent of technology. To achieve anything, one has to act according to the speed and direction of change. While working fast one should also account for the role of professionalism. One must orient himself to work effectively and professionally in whichever field to secure an intended outcome.
For a long time, people lamented that the field of politics did not display the kind of change that was reflective in other fields, such as say, the market. The market is dynamic, in constant motion, and people who are not dynamic will be kept out of it. Politicians are also in the market as consumers but they could not imbibe anything from the market to alter the narrative of politics except perhaps learning the trick of treating or converting their voters into tradable commodities. They have been using the same old retrograde parochial political tools and strategies to manage electoral politics. Over a period of time, people have acquired awareness and knowledge through socialisation and political mobilisation. As a result, people have come to the conclusion that political establishments are essentially backward looking with vested self-interests. Their agenda is rooted in making money for themselves, for their party and their politics. Since the cost of politics has escalated, the political parties have to mobilise huge resources unethically. This perception has been created and strengthened in the era of globalisation as corruption in public life is in a geometric proportion, damaging the whole body of politics, public life, and public service. People were thus fed up with this trend and started searching for an alternative. There was a time when national politics met its dead end with complete stagnation.