Pratik Shah ENG 102 Prof : Teddy Chocos WHEN DID POLITICS BECOME SO GRIMY? After independence, the politicians in India were considered the wall the country depended upon. Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were considered the minds that unchained India from the suppressive rule of the British. However, the word “Politician” now represents something else. Something unlike a leader, unlike a person who controls the economic and social politics of a country; the only entity, which the mind processes, is corruption. In the article “Do India’s political parties condone corruption?” published by BBC NEWS India, the statistics of a third of the politicians in India face criminal charges are alarming. It is shameful that it is the politicians themselves have been involved in the cases of murder, rape, kidnapping, and various other misconducts. The distressing thing about this is that political parties still give them tickets and positions for elections, which reflects the idealistic that Indian political parties do condone corruption. The thought of how the country is in the hand of such fraudulent human beings is menacing. There has been a lot of distress and turbulence in the country, after several cases like the gang rape of the girl in Delhi, and several terrorist attacks in different parts of India. However, even though measures are apparently being made, there have been very slight changes in the infrastructure, and rapes and homicides have become events of the daily news. The question which is adjourning the progression of this vast country is that “ Why are changes so hard to make?” as there have thousands of campaigns, including the recent drive by political hero Anna Hazare. In the article “Stirring the Pot and striking fear in India” published by the New York Times, it has mentioned the working of Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare, who both are fighting against the stubborn corruption of India. Anna Hazare went on a fast for 288 hours, which he refused to give up until the politicians came out with all the black money they possessed. This hunger strike brought the willingness in the people of India to rebel, and hence campaign after campaign started to occur, blasting through the wall of the debase politicians and the exposure of many criminals hiding behind the curtain of a politician. This drive led to the strict illegalizing of “bribes” which is the one of the most common signs of corruption in India today. Although all these improvements did take place, there are still thousands of politicians who still remain unmasked, and are still a threat to India. There have been some politicians who have tried to make a change, and have chosen the path of fair politics and the welfare of the people, enhancing a pure democracy, but to survive in the political world of this country, it is necessary to be corrupt, otherwise it will eat you up. Without having underworld connections, and stashes of money, there will be hardly a number of people voting for you, as campaigning has to be ridiculously enormous, full of fake promises like electricity in villages, running water, and a refined infrastructure, the truth being that conditions in these areas have been the same for years and years to come. Politics in India has switched from being for the people, to against the people, as it’s just about power. These views may seem slightly harsh, but the truth remains, as the people have waited long enough, for improvement. However, the light and the end of the tunnel seems to be distant. Politicians are supposed to be leaders, and the supporting representatives of a country. This representation seems shameful though, as we are looked at as a corrupt nation with a corrupt government, because of these individuals, who have a totally different purpose of being there. These people aren’t protagonists, they are antagonists, who don’t know how to run a nation.