It is so cold here in Washington, D. C., that politician have their hands in their own pockets: is a joke on American politics by Bob Hope. May not entirely describe the situation is closer in the provincial capital city-Quetta, so cold nobody seen to buying and selling.
The scene may not be different in rest of the capital cities of Pakistan, but due to paucity of knowledge we confine our talk to this capital city. Since the business as usual suffers from a down turn, therefore the businessmen are out of comfort zone, with more labour often with blurred concept in pain from wastage of precious time.
As the business been shifted from the capital city, the capital remains in flight fearful to return back as the risks still high. The pilferages here and there are a part of the business in politics, bringing back the capital to capital, from far of places makes the political cake so cold to be tasteless. Second capital city being expensive is difficult to afford when the political business gets so frozen, to rely on ones own reserved fortune to burn out, in contradiction of the good old days and established habits of getting fatter by each day.
Thank goodness there is no price tag in politics; otherwise we would have it in all colors, shapes, sizes, quality etc in the market. To put it in political vocabulary the Left, Right, Center and in between all would have had a price tag to get differentiate. However, creation of price tag would have made the business as a smooth sell as seen in the case of the other commodities in market. There are prophetic sermons and political dialogues, clear ideas as well as opaque thoughts, vested organization and altruist leagues, realists’companies and dreamers’ clubs all would have been there but with a fixed price tag.
Ideologues had price tag for their strengthening area of influence, powerful had price tag to over-power, wealthy had price tag to get higher prices. Somehow, there would have been a way out to resolve the tenacious matters in the shape of price tag,with a ready referred solution. If public believes time is money they have to rest assure, as the politicians are well aware of the fact,
breaking the ice are getting warmer as March ends, weather gets pleasant and the process peak to a political reap in the hottest month of June to pay back the debts and set aside for rainy days and the next yield. But with the political climate change the previous year’s crops failed the doubts are expressed loudly for being careful this time to have a bumper crop, keeping the invented caterpillars aside at all cost through scare crows.
The ambitious project of having the crop to grow well, in the coming year still requires to put a price tag. To stay Political never has been so easy so cold yet to challenge the status quo. In addition to the innovative ideas, unquantifiable power, uncountable wealth alongside remains a price tag as the changes are to be acceptable.
Therefore, talking on price tag is not anything new to discuss but an old fashion word with the same connotation, just as in the name of donations and sacrifices in the annals of history. Since, Chankia’s Shashtra contains under the Arian Law the job of a Brahman (ruler) including others is to ‘’effect scarification’s, keep an eye on the scarification’s to whom, as well as collect and distribute donations.’’
Classical Economic System has vacated the position to New Classical Economic System, policies not the resources determine the fate and fortune of nations. To address the needs not greed is the holistic approach to run the business cycle but to oil the political machinery is a dilemma. Meanwhile thinking in out of the box solutions can open a Pandora Box, having a bundle of price tag to the wonder of all remain not an option.
The booklet manifesto as set with metrics help have an opinion on the price tag, consequently the Federal, Provincial and Local governments, in the shape of public policy reflect their priorities, policy to performance, with an inbuilt price tag. Consensus is a viable course of action, compare to outsource the project, as Political Economy is the other name of price tag from the stakeholders to share the burden of responsibilities in politics with prominent a price tag.
Living in an age of the King’s Parties, Parties within parties, partners in the coalitions, the pressure groups, vested interests plague the political processes with an opaque price tag widening the already polarized society. Therefore, the option of a stable government ever has been cherished across the divide as Proletariat’s Dictatorship or Presidential forms of States.
To conclude with, Machiavelli as he lives far beyond his age was not wrong to write: the first, that the means of attaining glory are different in a republic that is corrupt from what they are in a republic that still preserves its institutions pure; and the second, that men in their conduct, and specially in their most prominent actions, should well consider and conform to the times in which they live.