I love statesmen for they demonstrate the better qualities in people. Unfortunately statesmen are an almost extinct species.
On the other hand, I detest politics because the conduct of politicians often brings out the worst in people. Yet it is undeniable the entertainment value politicians provide to the public, often at great cost to our sanity, loss of wealth, destruction of our environment and generation of a lot of chaos in society.
Yet every fiasco and blunder,of which there are many by our politicians and the government lie powerful and important lessons for individuals and organisations on how not to do things.
Driven by control rather than contribution, politicians and governments rarely get things right and can always be trusted to botch things up.
The billion rupee question is ' How do they not only survive but thrive, in spite of their sheer incompetence and duplicity?'
I believe the right answer would be, 'They resort to the 3C's of mis-management'
The current conflict between the citizens as headed by Anna Hazare, and our parliament and national leaders more than ever validates this theory
The first 'C' is Convince.
The politicians and government tries unsuccessfully to convince us that they are committed to eradicating corruption. The media is roped in and glib talk flows.
People look at what is done and not what is said, therefore, a majority of the people do not believe the government nor the political leaders.
How can anyone be believed if they change their values and positions constantly?
The second 'C' is Confuse
Here the government and the politicians resort to planting doubts such as, constitutional issues, parliamentary procedures, unacceptable and unrealistic demands , blah blah blah.
Next they tried to discredit the agitators as mischief makers and as themselves as being corrupt.
Next they plant doubts in the people's mind that the demands made by agitators are unconstitutional and will destabilize democracy.
Is it a coincidence that the majority if not all of the government spokespersons are lawyers? Lawyers are a breed of people trained to plant doubts and confuse, they are the masters of deception.
The third 'C' is to Corrupt.
When all else fails the politicians and the government will corrupt people and systems. They do this by a number of ways including, intimidation, deception, distortion etc. If nothing works they will seek to destroy the people and the system that comes in their way of working and existence. Among many visible actions taken were;
- Launch a program smear the leaders of the anti corruption brigade.
- Deny facilities, permission etc for peaceful protests.
- Illegally arrest leaders and participants of the agitation.
- Start a witch hunt using various revenue authorities and other legal tools.
There is still many miles to go before the promise of parliament will be passed into law. Do not underestimate the capability of corrupt politicians to avoid subjugating themselves to any kind of self restraint or accountability.
You should not feel too smug about what has happened for many of these 3 C's of mis-management because each one of us is a politician in our own little silly way.
Politics is an unpleasant reality that pervades every aspect of our lives. Work, play, family, even friends and all sorts of relationships. Be it personal, professional or social all are now infected with this malaise of politics.
Nature alway seeks balance. Like a spring if ratcheted up too tight will snap back, injustice will cause a powerful backlash sooner or later that will correct the in-equilibrium.
Maybe that time has now come to fix a great many problems, unfortunately the 3 C's of management / mismanagement will remain forever.