17 January, 2021

Theories To Live By

The ingress of management practices into politics bodes well

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Theories To Live By
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Can management mesh with politics to further the ultimate art of the possible? From civil society to politics and even in Parliament, there is an increasing infusion of individuals who have that coveted three-letter tag, MBA, appended to their name. Most say they have given up high-paying jobs “to do their bit for the nation”. It’s too early to define them as the changing face of Indian politics. It’s easier to assume it’s not all altruistic.

So, what exactly draws these MBAs into the uncertain world of politics with its maddeningly complex caste and regional equations, not to mention the inherent vagaries of the calling? The reasons vary from being scions of political families to plain ambition, interest in public policy-making or even a desire to understand how the system works. But it’s not an easy shift. “It is one thing to train a politician in the art of management and another to train an MBA in policy formulation. Policy formulation is not numbercrunching, which is what you are taught in...

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