Politics and the upmarket question

Avishek Sahu
February 12, 2016

I find it rather ludicrous that people working in GE and IBM should wonder aloud when a seemingly normal person should take interest in politics. Really, I think they are into pretense, some serious pretense, to give an impression that they don’t understand that the economy and politics are not related—they are in fact the same. Politics is nothing but politics of economy. Politics decides who gets the money and who keeps it. You wouldn’t be working in the Hyderabad or Gurgaon office of IBM or GE if your governments in the past wouldn’t have put in place policies to enable American corporations to set up bases in India and exploit local human and natural resources. You wouldn’t so easily be assimilated in American culture if the politicians there hadn’t put in place policies that engendered that. Our lives are all products of politics, real formal politics, and it doesn’t take an overtly keen mind to decipher that: really, it is very, very clear from the outset. For young adults, political decisions by a government can alter the landscape of choices available to them to make a career. Simple political decisions can determine how much money corporations and their chairpersons make, and thereby determine how that money is used to shape the political and social environment. Actually, coming to think of it, I as a young Indian am not interested in politics per se. I am just interested in money and the concept of who gets to make it, and I realize that formal politics decides that. So really, I find its discussion simply unavoidable.