Yesterday, I was reading Vikatan and came across an article ''யாருக்கும் வெட்கம் இல்லை' ஜூ.வி. இதழில் தமிழருவி மணியன்;
The author was belligerent about a proposal to increase politicians’ salary. As any good Indian he references lots of material involving Gandhi and demands that the politicians should work for free and states that politics is social work and couldn’t contemplate the idea of money in politics.
Over the past 50 years, starting with Nehru our politicians has done some great work to hijack Mahatma Gandhi’s principle into a false ideology. Like Marxism, Mahatma Gandhi did propose a new political philosophy, there is no denying it, but even the guy who was handpicked by Mahatma Gandhi didn’t follow his principle. He did make sure to use the name and manipulate his principle into something which is totally different from what Mahatma Gandhi preached.
One of the biggest beliefs with the so called Mahatma Gandhi’s followers is that to be a good politician you have to follow Asceticism. I don’t think that there is any link between Asceticism and politics. Jaya’s one rupee salary, Lallu’s idea to use cycle for transportation, Kadhar cloths, and innumerous other stunts like these are part of “Gandhism” which our politicians have utilized to its core. Politics is a job; you are entrusted with running a state, which requires skill and knowledge not asceticism.
The respect our society has for asceticism was the downfall for India back when the Muslim and British invaded our country and it’s the same now. There are many issues which I don’t agree with Mahatma (doesn’t mean I disrespect him) one such idea is a life of asceticism in a material world. Asceticism is a life for Sanyasi, not for everyone.
To get back to my point, let’s pay these MLAs and MPs liberally. In my view they should be the highest paid workers. May be that will be good start to control corruption.