Most of the parents who have excelled in their field and have well established setups, be it doctors, businessmen, musicians or any other; they want their children to take up their profession. Firstly, because their connections and the setup give their successor a head start and secondly, as the kid has been brought up in the related environment since childhood, knowing the details of the trade, hence it becomes easier for him to adapt. Till here the sky seems pretty spotless. Dreaming of a good future for your succeeding generations is nothing odd and it doesn’t harms anyone; unless one actually harms others to accomplish this dream. Nepotism becomes a crippling challenge when the deserving are deliberately pulled down at every step to make the selected few shine.
Who wouldn’t have stood in the honour of Karna, the son of queen Kunti and Sun god himself. Whose valour, astounding archery skills, generosity, divine armour and ear studs held him unmatched in the courtyard of Rangbhoomi. But all he received was insult and refusal to participate. As he stood there not as a royal blood but as son of Adhirath, the former charioteer of the king. Nepotism, of which we talk is nothing new. It’s age old, it’s deep rooted.
A recent heartbreaking incident has left people shocked over the ugly face of nepotism that prevails in the Indian film and music industry. Cries for ending this practice which doesn’t allows new talents to prevail can be heard loud and clear all over the country. Yet it would be our shortsightedness to consider nepotism limited merely to the entertainment industry.
Even after 72 years of independence our country is starving for good politicians. For us every election is not about choosing the best leader but about saving ourselves from choosing the worst. Is it believable that a country of 1.3 billion is so incapable of producing any good leaders? For years several families of our country have been passing on politics as a family business, from one generation to the other. These politically strong and authoritative families have every means to not let any new and young politicians who enter the field flourish and even if someone manages to stay it takes them years to be recognized.
The game can never be fair as some are born with the silver spoon, but the game need not be unethical. Doors should be wide open for all those who are deserving. The path shouldn’t be covered with poisoned ivy for the fear of losing the inherited throne. While this gives hope to all common people who dare to dream, it also gives the privileged ones a chance to constantly improve their skills. Depraved competition is fatal; but a healthy competition always acts as a motivator in every field, bringing out the best.
Let us support a world that bows to skill, knowledge and talent. Let it not be slave to gleaming surnames. As only when opportunities are wide and unrestricted will we have more Shastris, Kalams and Irrfans.