Leaders of our Nation – By Sohan U Bhat (1st Year, MECH)

Whenever and wherever human beings are gathered together in large numbers, they need leadership. Even children need their school prefects and captains. The Armies need Generals. Civilians need governments as well. Whether in the school-room, or on the battlefield or in governmental deliberations, people who are natural leaders and who are chosen to lead, always have the same qualities of character and outlook.

A leader, in any sphere, must be someone who can be looked up to and respected. His personal judgement must be trusted and he must be able to evoke love from those he leads. So the, the first quality of a leader is that he must have the ability to win over men’s hearts.

Secondly, he must have an intellectual control over his followers. It is useless, no matter what personality he has, if he lacks the will to lead the people around him. Again, a leader must possess strength of will, clarity of mind, endurance and determination. Men and women will not follow a gloomy person. So a kind sense of humor and a sense of optimism are two other essential qualities of a good leader. He must also practice such virtues as self-control, temperance and moderation.

There are some important characteristics that are found in good leaders. A good leader should have a trustful character, influential speech, and confidence. The first is that the leader should be trustworthy. It is of utmost importance that the person can lead others in a way that people could believe him and be sure everything will be good. Inherent to leader is the responsibility toward the tasks and workers in the workplace. Seeing their leader attentive and dedicated to his work, they will be encouraged and will try to do their best in the workplace. 

The Indian politician is a distinct character from the politicians of the world. The reason is simple and straight. He is the person who at one time was on some lower strata of the society and once he becomes a politician, he has a magical rise to the highest status of the same society – it is he who rules the country.

So, this individual who was once a part of the general public having attained the top slot in society is bound to develop a sort of web of followers around himself. The special characteristic of the Indian politician is that, though he is on the highest position of the society but, unlike other politicians of the world, he is also on the lowest position of discipline and character. The Indian politician is a bundle of complexes, serving the society on paper and serving himself in all reality – he, being elected to serve the people, he confines himself to serving himself. It is a fact known very well even to the uneducated masses of India that, the politician remembers his people and his constituency just about once in five years, when he goes there to beg for votes. When the election of the State or the Centre is round the corner, the politician is seen giving verbal proof of his love for the people. Once the work of reaching the position is complete, he never looks back, to peep into the condition of the people who helped him get the chair. Besides this extreme selfishness, the Indian politician is one who is most corrupt in the breed of politicians of the world. He can do anything at all to achieve his personal goals.

I can say in very clear words that he is eating into the resources and income of the country to fulfil his own ambitions and objectives and pave the way for his coming generations. His existence for his constituency comes into the limelight only when, once again he has to go to the people for their votes, for the next assignment for another five years of his own prosperity. The qualities an ideal politician would possess in order for me to actually endorse them are:

• Honesty
• Integrity
• Patriotism
• Intelligence
• Experience

It becomes the duty of the genuine mind in this critical situation to make efforts to save our democracy from this menace. If the criminals continue to flourish in this way, nothing will remain intact. Hence everyone must take it seriously to vote the righteous leader.

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