Indian leader – One in and for a billion people – By Apoorav Gupta (2nd Year, CSE)

 “When leaders fail to lead, people take charge and leaders then have to follow” – Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General.

This is becoming prevalent with the common man protesting on the streets, holding rallies and joining politics, which was not a common sight just after independence.

Leaders in the pre-independence era sacrificed their comfortable life to fight and die for the country, as they were truly patriotic and honest. Today, we can hardly think of any leader like them. Politics is now considered to be a dirty game. Today, politicians are there in politics only for personal agenda, grabbing money, power and fame, or just because they feel that they have inherited leadership skills from their famous ancestors. Corruption, scams,criminalisation, making ridiculous statements and passing on the blame to others have become so common that they no longer fit under ‘Breaking News’ category.

India needs a leader who can uproot corruption from its base, for which we citizens also do need to change. The present democratic system has lost it morale and it needs to be restored before it becomes irreparable. A leader should rise above vote bank politics and take decisions with only one thing in mind – the progress of the people of India.

Secularism, honesty, integrity, humility and good organisational skill should be few of his inherent attributes. Organisation of various systems of a vast country like India, which is so diverse, needs proper in-depth knowledge of all dimensions. A leader should be able to bring ‘unity in diversity’ in the country, which is apparently divided by religion, caste, creed, language, ethnicity & wealth, to name a few. In this horse trading coalition era, when people don’t have faith in any single party, a leader should be able to run a stable government without compromising on his integrity.

Though people with good oratory skill always sound better, but we need a leader who is known more by his work than his words as it is rightly said:

“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time” -Abraham Lincoln

India has an enormous human resource potential, and it’s known for its latent talent which is rarely exploited. It’s a shame for us that we have a lone gold medallist in Olympics till date with a population of 1.2 billion, all because of poor organisation of sports and not that we lack talent.

The country is facing serious problems like inflation, poverty, naxalism and terrorism. India needs to be strong both internally and globally, and needs to protect her sovereignty by not giving in to arm twisting & threats from neighbouring countries. This can be achieved if a leader is far-sighted and can take really tough decisions with wisdom. Indian leaders had exhibited wisdom in past during cold war, liberation of Bangladesh, nuclear tests despite high international pressure.
Wish Indian voters choose their true leader.

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