India , the world’s largest democracy, tormented by inflation, scams worth thousands of crores, bad economy and tainted by corruption. The current scenario of our country reminds me of Sir Winston Churchill’s vituperative statements “Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air and water would be taxed.” Incredibly we’ve worked very hard to prove him right.
My country sees the best and worst of situations almost every day. The country which worships the female gods also abuses its female population. Although there seems to be significant success in technology and research on one side, but there are slum dwellers trying to make a living on the other side. We as a nation not only win the gold medals, but also bump into terror attacks every now and then.
“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.
Nearly 179 years back, on 2nd Feb 1835 Lord Macaulay while addressing the British parliament said that during his travels across the length and breadth of the country he did not find a single beggar in this country and that the people were of high moral values. From that day, we have indeed come a long way. The moral fabric of ancient India was torpedoed with the materialistic onslaught of the western civilisation and as a result, a corrupt, impoverished, malnourished and illiterate nation beckoned at us and has been left crying for change and salvation.
“The Great Indian Voting Festival” is just a few months away. And we are braced up for the inevitable slip of topics into the “Indian Politics”. It is a fact that we have stopped caring for the leaders who represent us or our law makers. We are fed up of their scandals and their whole affair of allegations and branding and vote banking. But that is just a thing better said than realized for we are the ones who get to choose yet we consider ignorance as the best option. Continue reading
Being an idealist comes with its own share of disadvantages- the major one being the degree of practicality in the times he lives in. And when we talk of the leaders of the nation, we need to be as practical as one could possibly be. So, what would I as a reasonable,practical Indian want from my leader? I don’t expect him/her to be a fairy with a wand turning things around in the blink of eye. Continue reading
As the 2014 elections grow nigh, people are looking forward to rise of new competent leaders. Over the past 67 years of independence, people have grown weary of a lethargic, non-responsive and an orthodox government. They have been deprived of their rights time and again in the name of secularism, equality and development. The injustice forced upon the common man calls for better leadership. Here are a few of my thoughts on an ideal leader.