What about the politicians themselves? Will they be interested in such an award given that many interested parties already give such financial awards (under the table) to politicians without prejudice for their noble service? But, $5 million is a big enough amount and can be comparable to lifetime earnings that a politician can make through bribes. Also no Indian politician is yet to be anywhere near Bill Clinton who made $10mn last year just through speaking fees. So it can be taken for granted that immediately several coaching classes would crop up to train present and wannabe politicians. Habitually, parents of politicians will heckle them to fight for the award. But how can they differentiate themselves? In a country like India where policies, parties and ideologies make little difference to overall conditions of the people, and with every politician feigning to be pro-poor, pro-business, pro-majority, pro-minority, pro-anti-corruption, pro-upper caste and pro-lower caste at the same time, only extra-curricular skills can make a politician stand out. Lalu Yadav (a judge in the music contest Sa Re Ga Ma), Vajpayee (part-time poet) and the actor Govinda (part-time politician), have an edge.
But who will get the first prize for politicians? In