One Way to cleanse politics: Eligibility test for would be MPs and MLAs

Politics has become a dirty word. It implies corruption, misuse of power, insensitivity, unaccountability, nepotism etc.

And just like nobody ever bothers about how to clean a filthy pig, people have stopped bothering on how to clean politics.

One reason why people have stopped bothering about this is that one and all have accepted that the goal of politics is to get rich and stay rich. Politics seems to have been completely delinked with the key word – “Governance”

I would like to appeal to one and all that let us link politics with only one objective – governance.

And we would not take even a moment to acknowledge that governance is no mean task.

We need intelligent, diligent people to drive governance. I am sure India has got whatever it takes to have 1 billion happy people. But resources keep running into the wall called politics which consists of people who feel politics is the best way to amass wealth and power.

Is it possible that the way used by top colleges, organisations, banks etc to select the desired people is used for selecting people who will be allowed to contest Parliament and assembly elections?

I propose a two stage selection process to judge the suitability of people aspiring for contesting elections.

The objectives of this test are:

1)  To attract talented, committed and sincere people to politics and governance.

2) To replace the unruly elements and criminals with disciplined and ethical people who genuinely desire to make governance their career.

3) In the long run, to equate career in politics with a career in governance, which is both clean and rewarding.

The first test would consist of questions on issues important for that constituency, that state and the nation as a whole. It would also include questions to assess the candidate’s understanding of basic economics, civics, environment and general science. It will also include the candidate’s sensitiveness to gender, caste and race issues. It would also include a psychometric section designed to assess the governance potential.

This test will be conducted two year prior to the scheduled elections.

There will not be any educational qualification as an eligibility criterion but there will be some credit given to graduates. The lower and upper age limit to write the test will be 25 years and 35 years respectively. The candidate will be required to furnish details of his bank statements and Income tax return for the last three consecutive years.

In the test the candidates will be asked to mention the political party with which he / she is associated or would like to associate with. There will be an option for “not yet decided”.

The written test will be followed by a second stage for the shortlisted candidates in which, the communication skills of the candidates will be tested.

The shortlisted candidates will undergo training on the basics of good governance. Once this training is completed representatives of various political parties will be allowed to address the candidates who are “not yet decided”, to influence them to join their party.

There are lot of people from almost all the constituencies who migrate to big cities in their pursuit to serve as a civil servant. So we should not say that the test is tilted in favour of highly educated people of urban areas only.

It is possible that this idea has some flaws. It is also possible that this idea is out rightly rejected as a “ridiculous pipe dream”. But so was the idea of flying.

If you agree even partially with this idea, then do share this to try and make this a part of a national debate.

Thanks for your time. Your feedback is highly valuable.

Inspiring Quotations to begin your SOP (Statement of Purpose)

It’s a reasonably good idea to begin your SOP with an inspiring quote and relate it with your vision towards life and career. Here are some highly inspiring quotes.

  • Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  • The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  • There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  • Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  • You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

Hope this helps you.

The day we parted


We will never meet again was the promise

And the promise be broken was the hope.

The day we parted

Your smile said ‘oh you can live without me’

But your eyes betrayed ‘I know you cannot cope’

The day we parted

“Even if I am not visible” I said

“You’ll find me whenever you grope”

The day we parted

We started a journey to discover

That love is freedom and not a rope

The day we parted