Chapter 35: Too Much Doing
This is the duty of Rajiv, because he himself is not a politician, and this is a great opportunity to throw out politicians from the government and bring in non-politicians, but experts in their subject. An education minister should be a vice chancellor, a dean, a professor - somebody who knows about education.
Up to now the situation has been just the reverse. Politicians who know nothing of education become vice-chancellors. And the same is true about everything.
The government has an Information and Films Bureau that should be in the charge of some actor, dramatist, author-people who are concerned with literature. And the government should start weeding out politicians and bringing in geniuses who would not come to politics on their own; they have to be invited.
That’s what Kennedy did in America. When he became president, that was one of his “crimes.” He brought all the geniuses of the country in some way or other into the government. He invited them, he supported them.
The politicians of the country could not tolerate it, it was too much. Their whole profession was going into the hands of non-politicians. And certainly they prove better, because they know their subject, what they are doing.
The assassination of President Kennedy was a political conspiracy, for the simple reason that he was weeding out the politicians, out of their power positions, and bringing in people who were never known to have any political aspirations.
It will be dangerous for Rajiv, but the challenge has to be accepted because India is falling apart, becoming poorer every day.
The politician always thinks of his future election. He says things which people want to hear, and he never opens his mind about what he is going to do.
The politician is the hypocrite par excellence.
Rajiv has to collect colleagues who are non-political, who will say only that which they are going to do and which they are capable of doing.
You ask me what kind of political system India should have. In fact, no political system is perfect. The best way is to choose the best part from every political system. There are things which are beautiful in the Soviet system. There are things which are beautiful in the American system. There are things which are beautiful in the British system.
India need not follow a particular system in its totality. The question is not the system, the question is how to provide people with the best.
In forty years, India has been following - knowingly or unknowingly - the old British system. They should see that the British system is a dying system. Britain has no future. It has a beautiful past, it has seen the greatest heights of power, it has been the biggest empire in the whole history of man.