Jayant Sinha, son of former union finance minister; Misha Bharti, daughter of former Chief Minister of Bihar; Chirag Paswan, son of LJP chief; and Pravesh Verma, son of former Chief Minister of Delhi. You must have comprehended my intentions and subject matter of writing. The upcoming Lok Sabha polls will witness the descendants of veteran political leaders contesting for the pride of their constituency, party, and family. While many are talking about delegation of power within the same family, let’s focus on the positive vibes that these young politicians bring into the political arena.
A son taking over the business run by his ancestors is rarely questioned; however the successors of politicians are questioned quite often. Is it unprincipled to follow the footsteps of ancestors in case they were active participants in the politics of the nation? Rather than blaming the leaders of passing on the task of administration to their heirs, shouldn’t we rely on the capabilities of the candidates while making judgments? The tasks of administrating, leading, decision-making, and uniting the nation with diverse communities and cultures call in for vision and management skills. And, if the candidate, despite being a daughter or granddaughter of a politician, is capable enough, the voters must deliver wise verdicts.
I will throw some light on the profile of the candidates who have been fielded for the first time in the upcoming polls and are backed by the support of their political ancestors. Karti Palaniappan Chidambaram, son of P Chidambaram holds a BBA degree from University of Texas and an LLB degree from Cambridge University. He has been active in politics since he was 14. Jayant Sinha pursued B.Tech from IIT Delhi and did his MBA from Harvard Business School. Abhishek Singh, son of Raman Singh, is an MBA from XLRI. On the same grounds, Chirag Paswan holds a B.Tech degree from Bundelkhand University and was the key personality who helped LJP tie knots with the BJP.
Pravesh Verma holds an MBA degree from Fore School of Management, while Sushmita Dev, daughter of Santosh Mohan Dev pursued LLM from King’s College, London University. Akon Bora’s son Manas Bora completed his LLB from BRM Law College, and Gaurav Gogoi, son of Assam CM Tarun Gogoi pursued Masters in Public Administration from New York University. The list includes Rajbala Ojha, daughter-in-law of Sis Ram Ola who did her PhD from Panjab University, and Dushyant Chautala, grandson of Om Prakash Chautala, who holds a BBA degree from California State University. Misha Bharti, daughter of Lalu Prasad Yadav is a qualified Doctor; Geetha Shivarajkumar, daughter of S. Bangarappa, Deepak Karma, son of Mahendra Karma, and Rajveer Singh, son of Kalyan Singh have pursued B.A.
My motive of writing is to realign the thoughts of the voters. Definitely, the most capable candidate must be paid heed to while voting. However, inferences should not be made on the basis of the past deliveries of the candidate’s ancestors. The constitution permits every citizen to pursue the career of his/her choice and hence the ancestors of politicians are free to enter in the arena of politics. Plus, it shall not be forgotten that their know-how and visionary capabilities are what will make a difference. Alertness and awareness of the voters are much-needed.