Nepotism, flavour of India

Just read an interesting article on how Shivsena is condoning an act they have been targetting since ages. The dynasty politics in congress. Needless to say this provided us with much needed fodder for our break times to ponder upon.

As admen, political campaigns provide an insight as big as the grand canyon into consumer mindset. So in Purple Rabbit we often discuss know-hows of politics, and as is case with good coffee time discussions, they lead from one thing to other.So in our recent OTC ( over the coffee) conversation we dug up the old issue of how sons of politicos always win away easy entry into the wonderful world of politics. But is it really true for politicians? A much deeper understanding of the social fabric of India reveals faults in the very thread of it. Its much common to see son /daughter of a Doctor become one,  son/daughter of Engineer become an Engineer, a son of Lawyer become one, and of course son/ daughter of an Actor becoming an actor himself.As a society, we have high level of acceptance of the  next generation carrying the legacy forward. As a matter of fact, there is great deal of fondness involved when an instance such as this happens in public domain. Ranbir Kapoor for an example, ( no offense to him intended) when he started off, my  mother who has been a big fan of the Raj Kapoor was all ga ga for him. And she had yet to see the film. She went on and on about how he looks “just” like his mother and how he acts like his dad. Of course, it started becoming too close to comfort when she asked me why cant I get abs like him,  as that way I will attract decent proposals for marriage. Needless to say, I do not talk about him in front of her. The point is, it would be unfair to dismiss nepotism in India as something completely corrupt. This is especially true when it comes to political or public domain.

The latest controversy about burning books by  the Thakre débutante created much furrow, but I am sure to old timers in Shiv sena, it must have been a monsoon of nostalgia. Many of them  must have reveled in the success of his first strike, not because it was for a great cause or anything, just because he carried forward the legacy. This attitude of adoring the antics of people who have yet to prove their mettle stems from perhaps the years of Kingsly rules that many states in India have had in past. Its in our DNA to worship dynasties, and the mindset which arguably is changing,  its a much slower process than processing the CWG scam. We have always loved our Kings and Queens. The drama, the romanticism involved in the Kingship allures many till date. Its thus very convenient to replace the Kings with politicians, Actors and other public figures.

Even the corporate sector, assumed to be untouched by Nepotism is completely mired by maintaining the families in control. Its almost like running a Mafia.. ( maybe a reason Godfather is immensely popular in India??). Once you set the Vito Corleone, there will obviously be a Sonny, and more importantly a Charlie Corleone some day. Who else can be trusted enough to take over it seems. To our generation which has indulged into this kind of politics, there can be just one salvation.- ensuring more and more automated processes, so there  is lesser chance of mall practice.

At times though, Nepotism will do more damage to party involved than it does the good. Check Abhishek Bacchan for example. A decent guy, married to the most beautiful woman in the world, child to the great actor Amitab Bacchan himself, he sure has a tough time coming up with goodies. So was the case with Rohan Gavaskar, who faced the chin music from critics because of the high expectations from him. I have all the empathy in world for Arjun Tendulkar now, and hope that he turns out a great cricketer if he gets into cricket, for his own sake.

As a country we have continued a legacy as old as our civilization. The family system which is reverred by our nation as the strongest in the world, must be some what responsible for this. No matter how modern we get, how urbanised the nation gets, somethings never change. Even if nepotism vanishes from India, which I sincerely do not see happening in near future, it will still leave traces of its flavour, always reminding us about our murky tradition. All we can do, is take a whiff of it, and move on.


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