Politics is an integral part of literally everything in India. From literature, films, arts, to newspapers- all have politics running through them. There hardly exists an institution, which politics has not infiltrated- formally or informally. Students union, labour union, bus driver’s union, doctor’s union- politics is omnipresent!
Unfortunately, politics has lost it’s charm in the past 30 years or so. Indian greats of the nineteenth and early twentieth century majorly were linked to politics- Gandhi, JP, Nehru, Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Tilak, Maulana Azad, Ambedkar, among many others. It was during this era when the institutionalization of Indian politics took place as an anti-colonial response in the late nineteenth century. It structured the nation we now live in. Unfortunately the current crop of politicians is, and is interpreted as self-serving. There are multiple reasons behind this decline.
It all started with the subversion during Indira Gandhi’s rule and the end of Congress’ domination on Indian politics. Other causes for the decline of politics are the increasing role of money in politics and the intensely competitive character of Indian electoral democracy. The last nails on the coffin were the fall of national media, and the series of accusations on the leaders of our nation- bofors, babari, godhara- to name a few! When the CM of UP is happy to receive a multi-crore garland, and is even happier to defend herself, people will eventually figure out that something is seriously wrong.