Since the Delhi Rape Case I have been noticing how the government is reacting to the whole situation and I sometimes feel why can’t these politicians act more sensibly and take right decisions at least in certain critical situations like these but couldn’t come up with one answer.
Being inquisitive I tried doing a primary research online about the consultants/lobbyists/PR/marketing people for these politicians but couldn’t come up with much data. Mostly the politicians have some close people from their party or IAS officers who help them in decision making because most of the politicians are incapable of doing it on their own. So whatever they say in media about an issue or the actions they take are basically the brainchild of other smart people behind them.
The bigger question that lurks in our minds is ‘Why these smart people who guide these politicians make such dumb decisions and don’t care about the public sentiments in these critical situations?’ and frankly I’m not able to come up with an answer yet.
It’s very tough for general public to come up with names of handful politicians who are actually honest (or at least seems so) and are actually doing something good for the society. I recently found out a quora question which answers this partly. Now these people try to do their best (assuming) on their own because most certainly they are well educated but other politicians who are kind of uneducated need these smart people around to guide them and there would only be very few exceptions to this rule. So it all drills down to these smart people who are behind the curtains and runs the show.
It’s very tough to find out about these people because they are always behind the curtains and sometime I feel how much of an impact these people can make on Indian society if they just try a bit to do something from a constructive mindset keeping general public and society in mind. Being a marketer I feel the need to get associated with such people so that I can change some bits of Indian politics and probably bring about a positive change how so ever small that might be. I feel these politicians can be driven into right direction with the right mindset though they will never stop making money through corrupt sources but they will at least do something for the society and only if these smart people guide them to do so.
I came across a startup started by Harvard alumni known as Swaniti which provides structured fellowship program to work with many different member of parliaments in their constituency. The selection process is rigorous as you have to work with an MP and handle a lot of affairs right at the bottom of the pyramid so it becomes a necessity to let only quality people in the program. When the fellowship starts you will be given proper knowledge and training about the different areas you will be working and helping in and then slowly you need to come on top of it and start to make it better with the concerned MP. I was pretty impressed by this program because it not only helps an individual get the real world experience it also gives you an opportunity to improve our political system one constituency at a time. At this time when every politician is under public scrutiny, structured programs like these can help a lot of MPs in making the right decisions and improving their image in the mind of public.
Swaniti has a panel discussion coming up on 15th Jan 2013 at IIT Delhi and I’ll be attending it for sure. Project like these give me hopes that there is still a lot of scope for improvement even politicians feel the need for it. I’ll be trying on my end to get associated with these people in some way or the other so that I can be a part of this change.
What are you doing to bring about a change? If you have any ideas let me know in the comments.