Age Limits Won’t Do the Trick
I came across a recent news report where Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, said that politicians must have a retirement age of 60. For the longest time, we have had politicians all the way up to the upper echelons of India’s decision-making hierarchy, who are well into their 60s, 70s, and even 80s. If you apply Murthy’s newly minted law, an entire swathe of our top level political leadership across party lines will automatically be disqualified from their present positions.
Next, you have a stratum of future leaders who have grown up the ranks through traditional “goondagiri.” In most cases, these folks never got a formal education and joined the various political parties early on in their lives because it was an easy way to earn a basic livelihood. By doing nuts-and-bolts party work, they have established loyalties for various leaders and owe “everything” to their party bosses. This group, unfortunately, forms the backbone of our political establishment and if it moves up to take over the leadership of our country, then all bets are off.