I won’t start this article by explaining the various feats of Shashi Tharoor. We all know that very well. Click on his Wikipedia page and you will find all the details. Or better, his own website. He is an educationalist, an author, a thinker and a social activist (as he calls himself). I am sure a person of such caliber, so many facets is hard to find in the world.
But that is not the point here. The point is how much use his caliber is being put to use. A common man manages to support his family, and we consider that sufficient since he is not much educated and in a way, not out of the rigid sphere of his own domestic life. But talking of Mr. Tharoor, how much do we expect of him, considering his education level and his so called high ideals? I am not trying to advocate that the responsibility of a mango man towards nation (or rather the world) is lesser than people who are much educated. It is their point of concern as to whether they want to contribute. Look at IITians. They like to live in air conditioned homes away from all the so called dirty politics and undesirable scandals. (Yes, I am getting to the point!!) I am again; not asserting that Shashi does not live in an air conditioned room and goes about bare footed in the slums and tribal areas of India. (By the way is he supposed to be doing this, considering his current position as a member of parliament?)
The title of the article explains much of what I want to state. I respect Tharoor and for that I support him. Not that my support counts a great deal.
When Mr. Shashi was not in politics and was busy in authoring books, articles in the newspapers and delivering lectures, the politicians of our country were safe. They knew that media (of which Tharoor was a part of) affects them little as long as they use it for their own benefits. They were kind of satisfied that everything was in its ‘right position’. The uneducated were ruling and educated, were being ruled upon. (I think this particular statement of mine needs special clarification: I am not talking about the percentage of people in Indian politics that are illiterate. I am talking about the “powerful” or “influential” politicians of India who are not well educated and are members of parliament). So I was saying that the politicians were happy that things were in order and everyone was performing as he or she was expected to. But when people like Tharoor, the people who really have the sense to rule a country owing to their broad perspective in the light of their high education, made their entry into politics, politicians like Laloo, Mayawati and Ram Vilas started feeling insecure. They thought that ‘the system’ may get jeopardized if educationalists (or rather educated class) start entering politics. They thought that they won’t be able to use foul language or worse, they won’t be able to throw their itching sandals in parliamentary sessions. And thus they planned. They are doing it right now. They are trying to sully the images of these ‘outcasts’.
Politics. It simple means: “bad-mouth someone you don’t like and spread scandals about him”. Democracy will see everything to the end (that is to say ‘order’).
When majority of people are getting access to internet in this age of information technology, our revered politicians try to ‘advice’ Tharoor not to spread his views ‘so openly’. It is definitely absurd. There is no doubt about that. I don’t want to discuss that. In fact, I think very high of Mr. Tharoor for using modern technologies to enable easy communication with the people of country.
But still there still remains the question of his ‘world-famous’ tweets. What do you think about them?
For me, there was nothing of plausible nature that should have aroused so much controversy and produced so many headlines. I respect Tharoor.