“It is a well-known fact that those people who must wantto rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

–Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980).


The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is the second book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction “trilogy” by Douglas Adams. Even though written as part of series of story books, some of its quotes speak wonders to what is actually going on in the world currently- regarding who has power and who simply won’t let go of it.

It has become natural to think that decisions by politicians, are only there so that they can benefit those who fund them. The public interest comes second. Political corruption can divert scarce resources from poor and disadvantaged people. This is especially common in countries where democratic institutions are weak or absent- Pakistan being a prime example. Private rather than public interests dictate policy. Here, political corruption continues to remain unchecked.