In voters' views, no one cares about politicians' martial status and happiness. This facet of a..
IN THE Indian political circus, the voters hardly care about martial status of its politicians. But if you are in the United States, martial status of the President does matter to the electroate. They require a solid family man as their head. People love to see a supportive spouse and smiling faces of their kids of presidential candidates during the campaign trail. They value marriage and family of politicians despite various exposes of sex scandals. As a culture, we Indians are facinated by marriage compared to western countries. Marriage is about obligation, insurance to old age, happiness and so. But in western countries being married is mode for steadfastness.
"I believe in the institution of marriage but I don't agree with our culture based on the fact that one should be married for the sake of it," said my bachelor friend who is crossing almost 40 springs. "It makes me laugh when people asked about my martial status and start advising for benefits of marriage. But when it comes to our politicians no one bothers," said an engineering executive.
BJP’s (Bhartiya Janta Party) fortnightly publication, the Kamal Sandesh has elevated an issue arising out of Rahul Gandhi’s bachelorhood. It wrote in an editorial that Rahul Gandhi is sad because he is unmarried. How he will save his party's ship when he is struggling personally. The issue is quite mediocre but can it draw Indian voters? What does his martial status have to do with his ability to save his party? It is our politicians who lose no opportunity to attack personally and a party like the BJP always criticizes Congress for it dynasty politics. Same BJP is silent about their bachelor politicians Uma Bharti and Narendra Modi (Chief Minister of Gujarat). The list of single and sucessful bachelor politicians includes Atal Bihari Vajpayee
, Mayawati, Mamta banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, and the list goes on and on. They have shown no signs yet of continuing the dynasty rules at their end.
In voters’ views, no one cares about politicians' martial status and happiness. This facet of a politician's life only leads to favouritism and benefaction. This is because the spouses can be equally corrupt when married to a politician. In case of Rahul Gandhi, the BJP should not draw undue attention to his martial status as he will remain a very suitable boy of Indian politics.