Olive and Indian Politics – Similarities
With the Election festival in full swing across India – places, things and food are hotting up. Banaras is getting ready for mother of all battles Modi vs. Kejri or? or Congress?….well only time will tell.
Today while reading newspaper which as usual was full of political news, analysis, surveys, I suddenly realised that there are lot of similarities between Olive and Indian Politics. Let us try to dissect some of these facts
1.Olive trees are one of the oldest plant species and the oldest trees are as old as 5000 years and our political system is also as old as Mahabharata and Chanakya who is considered as the pioneer of the field of economics and political science in India.
2. Olive trees are very hard and they are resistant to drought, disease and fire and this is one of the reasons for their longevity and their widespread use in the region. Our politicians are also very thick skinned and nothing can affect them including multi crore scams
3. Older the olive tree more premium it commands for its olive fruits and olive oil. The average life expectancy of an olive tree is 300-600 years. Similarly our very old politicians are the ones who command a premium and some have already crossed their retirement age by cool 25 -30 years. So actually unlike common man they complete 2 job stints which can easily cover 50 -60 years of political career.
4. Traditionally olive tree was abundant in Mediterranean countries. Now the olive tree farming has spread outside the Mediterranean and today is farmed in places as far removed from its origins as southern Africa, Australia, Japan, China and even India. Hard-core politics earlier was more confined to Northern states like UP, Bihar etc, but now Southern, Eastern and Western states with regional parties are playing critical role in Politics Business
5. The Olive Tree (Italian: L’Ulivo) was a denomination used for several successive centre-left political and electoral alliances of Italian political parties from 1995 to 2007.
However there is 1 stark difference between Olive and Indian Politicians “The olive branch is a symbol of peace or victory while Indian Politician has become a symbol of Chaos, corruption and nepotism.”[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]