This is one term which has been the most sought after thing in this world from time immemorial to the present times. This is said to be the most addictive drug for those who have tasted it can never dream of losing it. Power, the meaning and scope of it invariably changes with time and geography. If Hitler was termed was termed powerful in 1930s that was because the world was terrified of him. Gandhiji and Stalin were considered powerful almost during the same era. Probably Gandhiji added a new definition to the then existing formula for power, bringing in a new dimension and outlook.
But if you look back at history Power always came with a ruler or someone who could get the masses in accord to his fantasies like Mr. Lenin or Karl Marx. But again the latter never survived at the hands of the former. But times have definitely changed today and in the process the meaning of power too has altered. Now if you at contemporary rulers who can be termed as powerful ?? Mr. Obama ?? Mr. Gordon Brown?? Or the recently ousted Hosni Mubarak of Egypt or President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia ?? All these people would have been the most powerful as the head of their states probably a few decades back. But see as said earlier the times have changed. Today they all seem more like whips than the rider himself! If money, luxuries, power, women, and all used to be freebies for them today it doesn’t come in such a combo definitely not the power part.
Money is everywhere today. So luxuries, women, hi-fi life, media coverage and all are not just for the filmstars today it comes with money. Anyone who has had overnight fortunes can have this package. But again power evades them too.
The PM who rules the country of 1.2 billion people is sceptic of making statements but someone like the President of the youth division of the ruling party can come out with bold statements. The media persons who got entangled in a leaked tape case which revealed their being conducive to lobbying for the post of cabinet ministers in a democracy like ours are out in the open conducting more debates. Someone like a Chief Justice of India who could just nurture and develop a real estate mafia in his home and make millions in a matter of 3 years deserve the title as the most powerful.
A rapist can become a legislator tomorrow, forget about him being prosecuted and convicted, if he too can provide the right quantity of the combo to the concerned lot. . . A hotel owner can get away with all the water for a neighbourhood with the accomplice of the authorities if he too decides to be “powerful” and can dump the wastes to the same neighbourhood. What a system is being conceived by the legislators of today!
Power today is the ability to get the doors, which confront you, disappear. In that sense if you start analyzing the events around you it does drive some sense. By hook or crook is the conduct in which one can vanish the doors. So if money, women, drugs, luxuries were freebies coming with power yesterday, its just the opposite today. Everyone who can earn dirty money can buy all else. Power can be bought. It can be bought by anyone with any of the factors which can be bought with money.
The same Russia which was ruled by strong hands like Stalin is in the hands of the Mafia today who are entering politics so as to just legalize themselves. We should also be preparing ourselves for such a posterity.