I finally was able to persuade a politician to allow me to spend time with them and oversee there daily activities. My first politician or mentor of politics to be was a very intelligent and shrewd lady politician from Congress. I had to actually meet her up 3 times which includes waiting for around 6 hours in toto before she finally agreed. I would begin straight-away with my experience of staying with her.
On day 1,
Madam had a very busy schedule today filled up with private meetings with other congress leaders of the nearby areas. As i was a newbie in her group, she didn’t as yet trust me enough to take me into these meetings. However, i was lucky to capitalize the time i got to spend with her while she was waiting for another congressman. I had a real candid talk with her and soon realized that she was one with a clear conscience and amazing thoughts. She was also highly educated(we have always heard of politicians being not even graduates, however mam was a Phd holder). She completed her Phd in political sciences from Lucknow University all the way back in 1961 and had been engaged in politics ever since.
She having talked to me immediately told me that you are a very idealistic person and such levels of theoretical idealism doesn’t really work in today’s practical world. She told me about herself and the fact that even she was full of idealism when she had newly joined politics and as to how slowly that had all changed. She explained to me the nuances of the difference between being theoretical and practical and how practicing true idealism is so difficult in today’s world.
She actually introduced a notion of Practical Idealism which actually really affected my thoughts a lot and has lead to their healthy evolution. Practical idealism according to her is the perfect mixture of idealism along with being practical so as to ensure that your thoughts do get implemented and see the light of the day rather than just remaining thoughts. This she explained with a really apt example: she told me that, Son, today you wouldn’t even get a platform to speak if you don’t have money. Most people join you or support you if they see their financial gains somewhere and you have to learn to adjust such that in the long run your ideals don’t get compromised. I could also see this thing into actual action in the recently highly successful India against Corruption movement, wherein the leaders had adopted to similar measures and had their long term goals in mind. She also explained to me the need of actually getting involved in the system and knowing it inside out before you actually even think of changing it. This was followed by a talk on the importance of money which i shall explain in the later posts.
This small interaction with madam was very refreshing and gave me a head-on feel about the state of politics in India. Will be sharing my day 2’s experience tomorrow
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