In dynasty, politics cannot be exception: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor at BITS Pilani campus. Photo: Hrudayanand.

Hyderabad: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor says when professions and businesses are being continued as hereditary, then politics should not be exceptional.

In a conversation with author Sriram Karri at BITS Pilani campus here on Sunday, Tharoor said dynasty was not anti-democracy and subject to the democratic will of the voters. “Our society is characterised by the transmission of talent through the gene pool. If one wants to become a Bollywood star, it helps if your father is a Bollywood star,” said Tharoor.

Unlike in the West, even in the scientific domain, the dynasty was deeply imbibed in our country. There was a widespread practice of people inheriting businesses in our society.

Likewise, politics cannot be exceptional, he said. “In a democracy, politics is still the best way to bring some change for the betterment of future,” said Tharoor.

The credibility of dynasts depends on their hard work. People like Sachin Pilot, Rahul Gandhi, who said many times, he had earned the position because of his birth, have made it big because of their hard work. Dynasty does not work unless there are enough people to support the dynasty, Tharoor said.

Citing the example of yesteryear Bollywood actor Kumar Gaurav, he said the actor was not offered any films after a series of flops and it was the end of a dynasty. “It has some limitations. If it is subject to box office performance in Bollywood, similarly it is ballot boxes in politics. If the dynast loses his charm, he will disappear,” said Tharoor.

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