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Ethics in politics with spiritual wisdom for politicians
To strengthen the democratic values in India, there is a strong case for ethics in politics as necessary and sufficient condition for good governance based on Gita which is ism neutral, religion free treatise on management and welfare economics.

The politicians of present times are devoid of spiritual and moral values for which blame lies on the education being imparted in the institutions. We need to learn and relearn spirituality –the science of soul for success in every walk of life including politics in democracy.

 The politicians should become SMART (simple, moral, action oriented, responsive and transparent) with spiritual awakening and controlling anger.

We need to learn balancing between our rights and duties as 'Dharma' without war of words for strengthening democratic values.

To rebuild the trust in spiritual wisdom, we need to change the looks, actions and words (LAW) of the governance as the law of the land.

To deal with the new challenges, we certainly need to evolve tools with spiritual wisdom for giving and maintaining discipline to the political economy based on  'Arthashastra'  of Kautilya who deserve to be known to the world as father of economics .

We have to be alert, aware and awake of the people with negative mind-set and use logic (vivek) with full sense of responsibility.

The politicians should shun the trend of 'Stock Exchange Model 'of aaya ram gaya ram and adopt 'Marriage Model' of commitment  to succeed in politics as a career. There should be no rallies or processions for all times to come in Indian politics and be replaced by healthy debate and open discussions with citizens and on media (electronic and print).  We need to change the notion about Indian politicians and motivate the youth to accept politics as a career. 

  The tone and tenor between politicians and voters should be changed with established principles of relationship management flowing from Gita (17:15).  There is a need to invoke a sense of togetherness in politicians on national issues which is missing at present. We are not helpless and must invoke within us the energy, confidence and speed to work efficiently.  To save through the ups and downs of life, depression, recession and inflation, we should confine to 'Needonomics' as a spiritual wisdom which is necessary and sufficient for politicians to be ethical.

For becoming ethical, we need to develop the norms for the speech of every politician in the interest of nation building with honesty and character.  The politicians should learn to spend time with the voters which can happen if they stay in their respective constituencies (periphery model will convert villages in to cities). 

The young politicians need to know at the entry point for the good qualities in a politician.   We have to note that young enthusiastic students had actively participated in the freedom struggle of India including Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Subhas Chandra Bose, Raj Guru and others.  We need to create alternative values to be respected as politicians in power as well as opposition.   

In  a society, marketing and organizing skills require talent to be developed and created among youth to lead the nation for peace, progress and prosperity which calls for proper, productive and practical (3 Ps) use of hands, head and heart (3H)- the real education based on spiritual wisdom flowing from our epics. Let the voters in forthcoming elections of 5 States and 2019 parliamentary elections identify ethical politicians with spiritual mind-set be voted to power for strengthening Indian democracy.

* The writer is Vice Chancellor, Jagan Nath University, Jaipur.

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