Law-breakers at the helm as lawmakers

I still regret the way my father shot down my ambition at a rather early stage of my life. I was in college then and sensing my interests he took me aside one day after dinner and in no uncertain terms disagreed with my aspiration to be in politics. Politics, he said, was the refuge of rascals, crooks, criminals and his sermon was that I should not have any engagement with such lowly activities.

And lowly indeed was the politics of India then. But lowly is the politics of the land even today. That was the reason why it was and still is in such dire need of good people, youth in particular, to join politics and purge it from the rascals, crooks and criminals.

My father did not understand the need and prevented me from joining politics, committing a sin against his nation and society. And similar was the...

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