Ethics in Politics
ETHICS IN POLITICS
In India professionals like advocates, Chartered Accountants and Management Experts (list illustrative) generally accept politics as a 'second/alternative' career. Whenever free from the preoccupations of politics, as a legislator or minister, they come back to their 'original' profession.
On the face of it, this is perfectly in order. It can also be argued that In the Indian conditions, very few can opt politics as a full time profession, as it is not remunerative at all levels.
But the present practice raises some issues of principles and basically, ethics. Those who become public servants (include ministers) get access to information and get acquainted with influential people in India and abroad. Despite all "oaths of secrecy" and other built-in safeguards, these advantages being misused is a distinct possibility, when they get back to their original positions, post-retirement, in many cases with a fabulous government pension.
In the circumstances, there should at least be a cooling period post-job, preferably equal to the tenure they were "public servants", before they get back to their profession, including court appearance as advocates.
M G Warrier, Mumbai