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Posted at: Wed Mar 24 01:33:40 2004 (GMT)
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I disagree with the statement that a business tycoon is in a better position
to influence the destiny of a country or society.
A tycoon’s scope is very narrow. He rose to prominence by doing business.
He does not have much influence on society. Change/innovation in product,
procedure and competition in market place are the things that tycoon can
influence. But social changes, is outside the ring of influence of a tycoon.
His time and energy is directed to build the business empire not build a
viable social structure. A social worker or a politician fights for change
in social structure to make it even better. Tycoon can have monetary power,
but monetary power can hardly influence the society and normal person on the
street. However, a politician can bring in social changes and he can change
the course of direction of a country. A tycoon’s aim has always been to
make profit and value for investment which are not something that can
influence the destiny of a society or country.
Even if we talk about the market policies, a tycoon can influence only a
fraction. It’s always clear to everybody that a tycoon’s interest is not
people rather it’s profit. Tycoon will always try to side with regulation
that will benefit him, not the society. In larger context tycoons can’t
run the show as they won’t have popular support. But a leader can be in a
neutral position. He might not be an economist to chalk the economic
destination of a country but he can influence the general population. With
the help of a bunch of economists, a politician can give a blue print to the
country for its economic future. A politician takes into consideration the
demographic divide, socio-economic dynamics of country, world political
situation and a lot more. But all that a tycoon can think of, is to make
profit which at the end of the day won’t go down well with most of the
Example of political influence is India’s liberalization. It was not
chalked by any tycoon. It was done by economists and politicians. Once
politician decide upon a prudent direction, taking into consideration all
aspects, it is executed by the government officials. So politician gives a
direction to the country and it’s the country’s destiny. Nelson Mandela
and Mahatma Gandhi are not tycoons. But they change the course of their
respective country. By turning a history book we can find thousands of
examples where a leaders have influenced the destiny of a country, be it in
positive or negative direction. Saddam Hussein and Hitler bought doom but
Gandhi and Mandela bought democracy and prosperity.
World’s most influential nation is US and world’s richest man is Bill
Gates. If analyze how much influence he has on US politics (read destiny of
US), the answer would be virtually nil. Bill might have changed the way we
do business by ushering efficient personal computer, but how far has he
changed the course of US is anybody’s guess. Welfare of country and
society has never been driven by profiteering principle. Politician and
officials give a playing field for the business man to play in a controlled
manner with rules and regulation. So at the end of the day destiny of a
country is driven by the vision of politicians and officials.
Posted at: Sun Jul 22 07:46:24 2007 (GMT)
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