Some good news for the educated who want to respectfully participate in politics here is your chance.
If politics is one profession that doesn’t require any preparation, then Tanmay Rajpurohit, Ajit Ashwalyan Shukla, Amit Beesen, Chandrashekhar and Bharat Sundaram are certainly overqualified for the job. Although these five IITians perhaps hold as many degrees as all Indian politicians put together, they have decided to chuck their fat pay packets and launch a new party called Paritrana.
The penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors, and that is as true now as it was in Plato’s time. Try finding out the educational qualifications of our current politicians and you will be surprised – many of them would be hard-pressed to produce a graduation certificate, let alone anything higher. Out of the 30 that I investigated, at least 7 described themseleves as ‘matriculate’, ‘intermediate’, ‘pre-University (Under Graduate)’ or ‘under-matric’. With a few exceptions, the remaining 23 were just graduates.
While I am not foolish enough to advocate that everyone with a mouthful of prefixes appended to his name is fit to govern, it’s shocking how education is sometimes held against a person who wants to contest the polls. Why should we assume that a man or woman who looks like a multinational company executive is disconnected from the Indian reality?