As the date for the next elections draws closer, there is a deluge of new candidates entering the political arena, pursuing their political dream. Be it broadcast or the print media, everything presently seems to be about elections.
While some are vying for seats in the National Assembly, some are up for the Council, believing that they would bring the long due change, as some claim, found wanting in the system.
New candidates are coming forward, revealing themselves and their reasons for the plunge in politics. In other words, they are making themselves known to the electorates and what they intend to do if elected to power.
But as a Bhutanese society as we are, whenever an individual makes his/her political ambition known, the least we do is out rightly assess the particular candidate, whether he or she is befittingly made for politics.
They are put under the scrutiny radar. And then judgment is passed, unfortunately sometimes even based on their personal lives. We decide whether that person would make a good politician or not. Call it prickly or wretched, such things are inevitably bound to happen given the closeness of our society.
Our perception about politicians is increasingly becoming not a benign one. May be this could perhaps also be attributed to politics and politicians in some of our neighboring countries. And thus our same perception as filthy, debauched and demoralizing. We view them the same way as other politicians in some countries are depicted before us.
Are we seriously heading in the right direction if that is what our discernment? Definitely not! We cannot envision having this mindset not at this time, not at this time when democracy has only begun taking roots in the country. If bad gets worst, it would compromise all our painstaking efforts that we have put in to reach where we are.
People making a plunge into politics must be lauded for their efforts and given the due they deserve, instead of viewing them as famished for power, money and wanting a comfortable life. We need to comprehend that not all birds are of the same feathers.
What would be the nemesis of a young democracy like us when people entering politics are increasingly becoming subject of suspicion? True to the words of the Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, “If we doubt and suspect every politician, I believe, this would be the undoing of Bhutanese democracy.”
So what would it cost to change this mindset of ours? Or should we continue having the same outlook and not worry about the successful fruition of democracy and its power that is bestowed on us? Perhaps, a little change in our attitude would suffice here.