OPINION

Do Politicians Deserve Pay Hikes?

August 24, 2010
Being Cynical

"There are some things that money can't buy; for everything else my salary is not sufficient". Mind it - don't add up the amount of money I syphon out or the amount of public money that I gulp down every now and then. I admit - in the past I even haven't spared cattle food or toilets, but those are not part of my regular income as they are highly inconsistent in coming around. So what - my regular income is my salary which stands at a mere Rs16000/- per month only and you know how tough it is to run a family with that amount in a place like Delhi. Along with that I also have to cater to the who's who of my constituency and to top it all I have to save a considerable part of it to pay the goons back home during election time. To sum it up, I also have to work for the common man among all these financial headaches. If anyone in this planet deserves a pay hike, it is us politicians.

Take a breath Mantriji. Points taken and most of us are convinced and ok with your salary hikes (It is not that we could have disagreed and stopped Pranab Da from announcing the hike). But on a smaller note, as you guys are getting paid from the money that I usually vomit during Feb & March months of every year, I think I have this much liberty to have a little chat with you before I leave his Excellency in peace to think about the wellbeing of the nation.

Thank you so much sir. If you promise to spare my life, I have to table a straight forward opinion of mine on this whole salary hike drama. Honestly you guys are not good enough and deserving to even get this Rs 16000/- that you are getting. You guys are so worthless that even Dawood Ibrahim would look a better asset for our country than you 500-odd bundle of jokers.

One of the most cunning of your lot, Lalu Yadav, seems to have some other argument in favour of your demand. More than managing the financial headaches you mentioned he seems to have a gargantuan ego. If you can, could you please elaborate that one rupee more than the secretary salary nonsense going around? I admit the potbellied high end babus are no different or less from you guys when it comes to corruption, foxing common mass and nefarious dealings, but still they are somewhere accountable for their acts. To begin with, they are the top notch bureaucrats of this country with some responsibility and accountability. They are at some point answerable to their bosses if not the public for whom they are designated servants. If not anything at least they have to attend their offices on a daily basis unlike you guys who only attend the parliament when you feel like it or are out of jail. Frankly, I see your demands of one rupee more pay than the babus is more absurd than expecting Rajnikanth to show some respect to Newton's laws of Physics in his movies. At least follow the general rule of corporates - if you are paid some X amount; the least your employer expects is 3X in return, if not more. Unfortunately here the common men like me are your employers. Instead you guys gulp down a lot of our money (I don't know how many X) in the due course of your employment, let alone returning our 3X.

As your esteemed friend has already started this comparison, let's have a little analysis on that. Can you throw some light on the qualification of you guys? Hang on - I know you guys have multiple Ph.Ds in corruption, unlawful acts, blabbering, foxing common man, trouble making, bunking your responsibilities and what not. Anything other than this in your resume would certainly help asserting your demand. I also have this major confusion - you guys do have such strong hearts to make sure that our country does a nose dive in her development, growth and all other aspects. But when by any chance if our law enforcement agencies come calling on you, how you guys suddenly suffer from a bout of chest pain? How come all of you have a convenient chest pain in the nick of time? More than anyone you should be thankful to your pre-programmed and obedient heart for standing beside you at the time of need.

Mantriji, to round up our chat I have few queries. Hope you would answer them. Have you seen those 5000 odd ex-servicemen agitating in Delhi for the last couple of days? Are you aware of their demand of one rank one pension policy? Are you aware that our own war heroes returned their gallantry medals in protest? Do you know they are protesting for last 25 years for this? Isn't it strange that our heroes who once put their lives in danger, so that we can remain safe and guys like you remain busy in your crooked activities are on the streets begging for a very legitimate demand? Aren't our heroes more deserving than you set of seasoned buffoons? I know these are very uncomfortable questions. But I expect no politician, however astute he may be should duck these questions and move on.

I hope Mantriji; our little chat today might have cleared some air of complacency. I expect some sense of maturity would prevail and you guys won't end up doing a school boyish act of ego tussle. And if possible some of you should stand up and listen to what our war heroes has to say. For me, if anyone is most deserving of their demands (of pay hike), the set of 5000 odd of our heroes who are on the streets of Delhi for last two days. If wishes were horses...

Fun is the next essential ingredient after Oxygen for this author. This chap is writing humor for quite some time without realizing that no one is reading. An IT coolie by profession he took to writing as he found Mayawati is not doing enough to balance out the daily dose of Humor needed by the human race. He could be found in all suspicious looking cyber spaces - From Orkut to Facebook, From Linkedin to Desibaba. The author can be reached via his Email which he invariably checks every 5 minutes (as he has nothing better to do). So if you are deprived of a big useless mail for sometime then just drop a test mail to this chap. You won't be disappointed. If you want a reply in double quick time then don't forget to add 'HOT PARTY GIRLS' or something like that somewhere in the subject line. Though he titled his blog as 'Being Cynical', regular readers feel, it should have been 'Occasionally Cynical, Mostly Mental'. P.S :- Befriending this human being is at the sole responsibility of the individual. It could bring unimaginable mental agony.
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