One needs a very long time into public service and politics makes clout
possible, unless you are born within the family of Nehru in India. Even
Mahatma’s survivors never had the clout he had, if Mahatma thought he had any
clout. Public will never give politicians clout unless they feel that he is
deserving of their patronage.
Clout is to get things done without much resistance from opposition and within
ones own circle of friends and family and party. To plan things, which are
supported by general public (largely opposed by opposition parties as they have
to oppose whatever is proposed) and execute them as planned needs clout.
All the major projects in the state need money from the center. Support from the
center for projects is typically given to party affiliation with the state. Same
party in power yields favors. In case of AP and Congress no doubt that the
center is bestowing favors in return for leading the party’s winning elections
campaign. It is unquestionable that AP is heard loud and clear at the center.
Obvious clout is with YSR and the AP Congress seem to get enough things done for
the state, and their clout is not just with the center but obviously with their
own state’s people. After couple of years into power there is enough enthusiasm
within the party to continue to push for large projects, especially in
irrigation, which shows the obvious belief in their own abilities to bring big
bucks into the state the build big projects. It is obvious belief in the center
and in the state’s political scenario, and the party’s belief in the support
they have from general public.
Being an observer of state politics, the great spectacle being made by the
opposition parties on making Telugu a historical language is quite interesting.
There is unanimous support for making Telugu recognized by the center. Telugu is
a couple of thousand years old and probably spoken by a 100 million plus people.
No doubt it needs to be recognized for its contributions and beauty and history.
But even after everyone agrees to pass a resolution at the state level (this was
done unanimously), the opposition leaders continue to speak of this everyday in
every news channel willing to give them space. YSR simply acknowledges that it
has unanimous support and will be presented to the center, and if necessary an
all-party delegation from the state can go to the center to further press this
issue. In the first place Telugu should be recognized as a historical language,
and must be promoted at all levels to give due respect to its significant
contributions to culture and tradition. There is no need for debate about this,
and Congress at center and state should automatically give its due. Looking at
opposition making such a fiasco about this makes enjoyable TV, watching pathetic
display of love for language that suddenly seem to be the only issue that is
positive in the oppositions speeches. What is going on with all the criticism of
every project the ruling party seem to propose, and none of them are of any good
to the people, but only the Telugu language’s historical significance is a
politically objective point to make. Such is the clout of the ruling party that
seems to think this is a mute point and the language’s significance is already
in the best interest of state and will be given its proper due.
YSR and State’s clout is amply displayed in the city these days. I notice with
each visit to the city the road’s seem to get wider, actually cleaner. The
medians seem to full of green grass and trees, and the black and white stripes
painted and shining. No questioning the traffic congestion, but the congress
can’t be blamed for expanded valets of the city’s public who keep buying bigger
and better vehicles adding to the heavy burden on traffic and pollution. Even
the current clout enjoyed by Congress in the State, they can’t make rains come
everyday to wash away the pollution. Wishful thinking anyway.
The current government’s clout does include having President Bush visit the City
of Hyderabad, and perhaps a village or two to showcase the congress rule in the
state. No question that this is only possible with the clout. The city only will
get more beautiful with each such high profile visits, and continue to be
upgraded to showcase its infrastructure.
No question of the state’s clout in bringing the big FabCity project to the
greater Hyderabad area. Who would have ever thought Hyderabad winning over
Bangalore and Madras? It is not just political clout, but progress that is
visible that makes billions of dollars come to the state in new investments.
Many such investments will be announced soon and become real in the great state,
and the great city. Political clout is obvious and should be used to the maximum
benefit of the state and city. YSR should never be shy in using the leverage he
has, should be aggressive in bringing very big deals to his people.
All energy should be spent on completing the irrigation projects in every
district of the state, albeit the opposition party’s hue and cry everyday about
the injustice being done. The TV channels seem to have dedicated a lot of time
to showcasing the complaints of injustice done by the ruling party on every
conceivable action taken since they came into power.
Ignoring the noise and making sure that the farmer’s priorities are on the
agenda, along with the IT and manufacturing initiatives will bring more clout to
the current government. Rains have helped and many big events of national and
international significance have been held in the city and continue to be
announced each month. All of the mega events in the state are bringing bigger
and better infrastructure, growing jobs and riches to our people. Continued
success of the state will bring crazy prices in the real estate market, but also
will make the people notice the absurdity of the capital markets, which
eventually iron out the speculation into commonsense decision making.
Clout is very good for the people of the state, and our politicians should
extract as much as possible to make sure that the state’s initiatives become
reality. The politicians may develop personal clout by simply delivering to
their promises, and perhaps their reward will be another term in the office.
Build clout, use clout and prosper.