2010-02-06

Rahul Gandhi and Hope

I always argue with my dad that Politics do not matter to us. I pay taxes (I call it protection money), I get my protection so long as I am on the right side of the law. He corrects me - politics may not matter to me; but to him, earlier as a government employee, and now as a pensioner, government and thus politics matter. At one point in time, AP state government, of which he was an employee, had 55 years as retirement age; Bhaskar Rao, Chief Minister of AP only for a month, changed it to 58. He wanted popular vote base of government employees to legitimize his usurping of power from NTR. As for thousands of others, it worked for my dad.  Much later, YSR, inter alia, took consistent care of government employees and retired ones. He was voted back to power. Government and politics mattered to my dad again.

Like my dad, a typical middle income guy, there are millions of others, from middle income, low income and BPL, for whom governments and politics matter. Every election year brings despair and hope together. They want increase in their incomes, lower prices to keep their expenditure under control. They want good schemes to give them better returns on their savings. The BPL poor just wants two square meals a day.

Rahul Gandhi gives hope. I again don't expect much for me (except my protection, and maybe, better infrastructure+). I want good life for many other millions of Indians who look to Indian politics and politicians with hope; who unfailingly go to vote. Everytime.


PS: +In various manners, I pay half of my salary as taxes. It is a lot of money. It pinches when I know many business people earning as much or more pay next to Nil direct taxes.

Update   - That was one Gandhi. Look at this Gandhi. What a shame!

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2010-02-06

Rahul Gandhi and Hope

I always argue with my dad that Politics do not matter to us. I pay taxes (I call it protection money), I get my protection so long as I am on the right side of the law. He corrects me - politics may not matter to me; but to him, earlier as a government employee, and now as a pensioner, government and thus politics matter. At one point in time, AP state government, of which he was an employee, had 55 years as retirement age; Bhaskar Rao, Chief Minister of AP only for a month, changed it to 58. He wanted popular vote base of government employees to legitimize his usurping of power from NTR. As for thousands of others, it worked for my dad.  Much later, YSR, inter alia, took consistent care of government employees and retired ones. He was voted back to power. Government and politics mattered to my dad again.

Like my dad, a typical middle income guy, there are millions of others, from middle income, low income and BPL, for whom governments and politics matter. Every election year brings despair and hope together. They want increase in their incomes, lower prices to keep their expenditure under control. They want good schemes to give them better returns on their savings. The BPL poor just wants two square meals a day.

Rahul Gandhi gives hope. I again don't expect much for me (except my protection, and maybe, better infrastructure+). I want good life for many other millions of Indians who look to Indian politics and politicians with hope; who unfailingly go to vote. Everytime.


PS: +In various manners, I pay half of my salary as taxes. It is a lot of money. It pinches when I know many business people earning as much or more pay next to Nil direct taxes.

Update   - That was one Gandhi. Look at this Gandhi. What a shame!

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