How politics and politicians negate progress made by mankind
It is unfortunate that around the world politicians and politics do not let the human race enjoy the fruits of progress made by mankind. This thought came to me after reading two news items today.
The first related to Sh. Narinder Modi (newly elected Prime Minister of India). He has had a checkered past but like most Indians I believe he is good for India’s development given the fact that he has been able to turn around the fate of a state called Gujrat in India in 10 years during which the rest of India’s economy suffered after experience a spate of growth. Therefore there was a kindling of hope among Indians (with cautiousness) when he was appointed by his party as the Prime Minister in India.
In my opinion in the roughly two months he has been in power he has done well keeping in mind the daunting and time consuming task he has on hand of turning around the fate of a country which has nearly 1.5 billion citizens with majority of them living in poverty.
But one man cannot fix all the problems. He needs a team with is like minded, has same goals and practices what it preaches. This is where Narinder Modi is being let down. Sample some of the comments some of the ministers of the Indian cabinet and members of Narinder Modi’s party have made recently
A law and order problem, one small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us millions of dollars in terms of lower tourism
- Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, India
In that kitty of mine where people call me anpadh, I do have a degree from Yale University as well, which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated my leadership capacities.
- Smriti Irani - Union Minister of Human Resource
(turns out all Smriti Irani had done was attend a a six-day leadership programme and she is the education minister of India!)
The thrust of the AIDS campaign should not only be on the use of condoms, more emphasis on promoting the integrity of the sexual relationship between husband and wife
- Harsh Vardhan, India’s Health Minister
in a telephonic interview with The New York Times
(India has the third largest population of people infected with AIDS)
If I rape, I face only one inspector, if I start small scale industry, there are 26 inspectors
- Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa State in India which is a major tourist destination.
I hope, for India’s and Narinder Modi’s sake that such public utterances and more importantly the mindset behind such thoughts can also be changed by Narinder Modi; though I would be the first one to say that it is tough task.
The second story relates to ISIS and Twitter. ISIS has been using Twitter to communicate and while doing so has posted graphic content often. One of the tweet was
Apart from such tweets ISIS also posted videos and photos of beheading on Twitter. Soon everyone was up in arms against twitter, as if Twitter had committed a crime by allowing freedom of speech.
According to me the ISIS, Syria and Iraq mess is nothing but something that has been created by the politicians and politics for personal gains which is now threatening to take away the freedom of speech from the common man.
I do not have a solution to the problem or any thoughts on what Twitter should do but it angers me that the politicians petty politics is causing havoc in the lives of common people and hindering human race’s development.
What are your thoughts? I would appreciate your comments and thoughts.