Views & Reviews
Election and guilt complex
The politicians and the voters set aside their religious sentiments during election time. Assurances and commitments are the most fashionable instruments through which the politicians can win the confidence of the people. On the other hand, the voters are driven to nowhere but to avail whatever is offered or promised. Even a layman can demand whatever the requirements from the candidate. Corruption has become a fact of life and has trickled down from the top to the bottom in all spheres. Collapse of standards in our public life and the decline in the quality of leadership seems to have rocked the foundation of our democratic policy, it seems today’s comfort is greater than tomorrow’s prospects.We lack the basic conscience to interpret our fundamental principles and remain just to grab power and to gain influence over other fellowmen. There are some people who cast their votes for the general interest of the public. No doubt they are few, majority of them are poor, illiterate, individualists, opportunist and the floating votes which we regard as ‘undecided votes’.
The dramatic rights of voters and obligations of the candidates is ridiculous and, foolish for transforming power. We blame the politicians and leaders for not meeting their assurances and commitments made during electioneering time. But we (the voters) should also place ourselves in right relation to what we usually do with them during the elections. In some cases, the purse of the candidates was drained empty. Clinging to the post he holds, the politicians will catch the sight of that great privilege which showed him where he could find safety. Here, both are the deceivers and these are the ills of our society. It is our handiwork and to which we should admire without stir. Today, honesty is simply means a lack of opportunity to make money corruptly and the leaders forgot that they live in a borrowed time without caring for obligation.