Persona and Plato
of the virtues of our new-found democracy, assuming period
since popular ouster of Rowshan-pati, is that poll
hopefuls plan long and hard long before the hard general elections.
With almost point-six of the present government's tenure past,
the time to create and build a persona is now.
demand a lot of time and money. If you don't have spare time
for your beloved (read precious) constituents before the elections
and money that you would require for major and incidental
expenses, you should not even start dreaming of getting into
the rat race, pun not intended.
the elections, you don't need to spend any time with the lot
because they have shown their love with their tinted thumb
and also you would be expected with 300 beloved others to
be in the Sangsad Bhaban trying to put a quorum together.
Where is the time to go to the elaka? Or the Sangsad for that
speaking you are likely to cover your expenses within six
months with an embarrassing profit margin inclusive of bonus
points, but there is a condition you must have the right electoral
ticket. If you are on the wrong boat you are likely to be
thrashed and kept lying for drying like dhaaner sheesh
on a rural street.
if you have the khayesh to seek re-election you must
be aware of the point-six factor and commence using your time
and money, and seek forgiveness from the people who matter,
and promise anew.
a hopeful, it is now routine to travel to one's elaka
each week, getting involved in local development works for
religion, education, health and communication, dishing out
money to persons commanding a pull among the voters, and donning
suitable attire that appeals to the electorate.
poster picture is of vital importance. Goof it there; and
your chances are gone with the roll of the offset reel. To
make an impression across the board, photo sessions are given
in different outfits. One in a simple pallid panjabi
to prove he is human, a natural choice from among the mass;
another in tie and jacket to prove that his office is air-conditioned.
is rare because of our stifling weather but what else can
you do if you have spare clothe because of your height. In
the photo no one is bothered with what lies below the waist.
That is for our law-enforces to find out in good time.
photogenic look should not be glum. You cannot admit to your
opponent that you have already lost it. Suicidal! Again one
must not be too much smiles. It may appear haughty to claim
a win six weeks before the casting of votes. Bayadob!
If need be use Photoshop, but you have to portray just the
right mood. Therein is the significance of the all-important
'mood-doll', in other words bhaab-murti,
which can only be destroyed by what one says to a foreigner
and not by what a foreigner can see or hear or smell or feel.
the campaign a battered car works wonders for a candidate.
It suggests that you are rich but not filthy. Crinkled clothes
are a great scorer too. Stubble on the chin is a sure winner
unless you are a woman contestant.
to this country's parliament is now two-phased, maybe it always
was. The first hurdle is to win the nod of the kingmakers
in a chosen party. That's the tough part choosing a party.
Make a thorough study of the situation and see where you fancy
your chances in terms of contestants, amount of money required,
distance from capital, etc.
it easier for the kingpin to decide in your favour it is essential
that you annihilate and eliminate all your opponents and emerge
as the top dog before the all-important interview. The second
phase is in a way lot easier because to a large extent it
depends on which way blows the wind. You are helpless in defeat
and in victory you cannot help it.
theorist Plato penned in 'The Republic' that "the ideal
society should comprise of three classes--philosopher kings,
military men, and merchants. But their membership in a class
would depend on their education (uh! uh!): those who had completed
the highest level of education would make the wisest decisions
and thus should be the rulers of society".
greatness of Plato is that he predicted about Bangladesh almost
twenty-five centuries ago. Monarchs who dream we have always
had and are constantly reminded of. (Even Dave 'what-more-can-he-do'
is dreaming about a fat foreign bank account. More about that
some other day.) Militarily, we have never been short of ambitious
martial men. And merchants! Well, our businessmen and industrialists
have almost always considered it their right to run this country
like a factory exploitation of the workers. Its Plato's education
ideology that makes the otherwise cool guy appear rather beroshik.
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