I seldom comment on politics. But this, I just couldn't miss commenting on. Tamil Nadu chief minister M.Karunanidhi IMHO is simply brilliant. For that matter most politicians are, but he is exceptional. This is how.
He makes the promise of giving so much for free and keeps up with it. Of course, at the cost of the government treasury (and tax payers money) which Selvi Jayalalitha has managed to fill up during her tenure. Having come to power he can fill up his personal treasury and aid in extending SUN T.V.'s monopoly. While all this is happening people are unaware of whats happening to them.
The rich get barely affected by all this, they have their way around. The middle-class people are the ones plauged because its their hard earned money that goes to the poor, thanks to the government communistic ideals. Besides this group just wants to live a peaceful life so they seldom retaliate. They pay up the extra money they have to shell out without whining. The CURSE is theirs to take. The poor on the other hand have no scope for improvement either, because they get so much for free and are quite content with it :). Or should I say the goverment gives them the feeling of contentment. Why would they ever want more? If they get any richer, they are only gonna be taxed more :D. And the government would make sure they remain that way.
So while MK gains popularity as the man who keeps his promise and does so much for people, he also makes sure people are unaware that he is eating on them.
Miss.JJ is probably no better, but for the fact that she is more capitalistic. She reminds me of the cartoon character - uncle scrooge, who swims in his treasury ;)). The problem in her regime - people have to work their ass out to earn money. But their hard earned money is mostly theirs to enjoy. You don't earn for someone to enjoy it. She lets the poor work hard for their earnings, and hence her unpopularity. She too makes promises, but not the kind MK makes. With SUN TV's poplarity, rather their monopoly, MK makes sure he beats Miss.JJ quite easily.
But if you observe, neither government will enable people to make a better livelihood for themselves. Because if they do, people can make a more informed decision as to whom to elect to power. That would negate both these parties and put those who work more selflessly in power. Considering these, I find the true intent of the reservation system to be a better option (not the one that the govt is enforcing now, as its predominantly misused) than these promises which barely do anything towards improving peoples lives. People don't have good sanitation facilities and government gives them free T.V. and free LPG. Who cares? Coz everyone litters in the neighbours compound #-o. The whole world is fighting over oil prices, and here our government gives it away for free. I would only expect prices to go much higher than they already are. As such Indians pay HUGE for fuel in comparison with others.
The catch 22 situation here (as I see it), is interesting. Governement gives so much for free / on heavy subsidy. For lack of supply the demand rises, and so does the price. The middle class manage it with more sweat and silent grudge. Cost of living gets worser. The poor become less able to afford commodities they get for free. In effect they remain poor, and even more dependent on governments support. End result, what seemed like improvement in short term brings things back to square one. What has really changed? More money with people who governed, and life gets more expensive than before.
Things would have probably improved had people just earned their living and got what they deserved. Hard as it may seem in the short term, it would probably pay more than the current trend. I am probably being judgmental despite my inadequate know-how, but the enterprising, even if he is amongst the poor does rises up. It is only the inept who claim for what they don't deserve as if their birth right. And, thats dependency is exactly what these parties need!
Bottomline, the alternating governments of TN make sure people are dependent of them to the end that they put them in power subsequently. In power to make money for themselves, and seemingly help the people. Guess thats what everybody does ;) when it comes to money, even the common man. It is all about the way you project youself, be it industry or politics.
I am still wondering if there is anything to be done about this. Or maybe, this is just how things will work in TN :-?.
What a mind game!
My knowledge on politics is weak, so don't take me seriously. I barely know the big picture. These are just my opinions with the least knowledge of what is happening. This is not a rational opinion, just a meaningless rambling. Guess thats what blogging is!