By Anuj Sabharwal

Milton Friedman said, “If you put the Federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” The statement has a hidden irony which applies perfectly to Indian Politics in current scenario. The Indian government went a step further and categorically made sure that ‘Sand’ gets company of ‘Coal’. However, our courts acted swiftly and banned unauthorized Mining and Coal Digging.The Dragon of scams like 2G, Coal gate, Rail gate, CWG, Helicopter scandal under Congress led UPA has proved poor Milton Friedman wrong. UPA made us believe that Politics is not a game but it is an earnest business. It is said that in this world of sin and sorrow, there is always something to be thankful for. The emergence of Congress critic Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and usually quiet Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji blasting AAP’s Kejriwal, came as a surprise. Plato said, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Perhaps they read his statement regularly to stand for country at this crucial phase of elections. May be they could not resist themselves to take this plunge.

Baba Ramdev offered cure for most of our health problems. Now it looks that he wants to cleanse the political system. He openly said Congress is disastrous for the country and wrong tax policies are the reason for inflation. He supports only Bank Transaction Tax and removal of other taxes. He bats for BJP’s agenda of bringing back black money from Swiss Banks. In March, 2013 he announced that he will form his own party called ‘Bharat Swabhiman Party’. However, by October 2013 he backed off! The reasons which are still not clear. He is a firm supporter of Narendra Modi for PM post. Few days back, Sri Sri Ji who has revolutionized modern living by his ‘Art of Living’ course criticized AAP’s Kejriwal. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “Kejriwal, like all other political leaders, had hidden ambitions and agendas to come to the forefront. Cheap publicity stunts, self-contradiction, over-ambition and autocracy tarnished the positive image and soon many respectable people became disillusioned.” He said that AAP has a very callous attitude towards the nation’s economy and security. Importantly, Sri Sri ji praised Narendra Modi and said, “Gujarat was so drought-prone that people had to sell their cattle often. But today there is greenery everywhere. Electricity supply was scarce, hardly two hours a day. Today there is water and electricity in almost every village and per capita income has risen. If people vote for Kejriwal, then it will be disastrous for India.” This is a huge statement from Spiritual Guru who has tremendous following all over world.

We should not be surprised seeing Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar giving their views on politics to guide people. In history, Sikh Gurus had always fought against injustice during Mughal rule and called all Saints to become ‘Saint-Sepoy’. They wore two swords, a sword for spiritual powers called ‘Piri’ and a sword for military powers called ‘Miri’. The Sikh Guru’s have been called as ‘Saint-Sepoy’. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that their basic work is to guide the society and not indulge in party politics. I hope they understand that Politics has no relation to morals. Their indulgence in Indian Politics, even from outside may improve the morality among Politicians. Currently Indian Politics looks like a big dirty jungle which has lot of dragons. I sincerely hope that clean and spiritual Guru like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar does not get targeted like Baba Ramdev.

Writer by passion, self employed and views are personal. Hates women abusers, loves art, music, tweets on politics and dreams of better society. Can be contacted on anujsabharwal3@gmail.com 

Posted by The Indian Economist | For the Curious Mind