May 25, 2012

AN OPEN LETTER TO SONIA, RAHUL AND MANMOHAN

Five very important things happened in the month of May for India. They have actually made an impact on our destiny. I will write just in a while about what those events are and how they affected India.

Two words seem to have become very popular in popular media: governance and leadership. From America to Greece to Venezuela to India, the big journalists that I know and the media that I read and watch seem to complain that the world faces a crisis of governance and leadership. Even during my recent trip to America, I sensed a public cry about great leadership. I think almost all of us will agree that there is indeed a crisis. People across continents are angry and the media is doing a wonderful job of highlighting that anger. Frankly, I am more concerned about India.

In my last editorial, I wrote that the Indian media seems to have forgotten its purpose and mission as the fourth pillar of our democracy. In fact, I often call it a demonocracy! But perhaps, it is also time to remember leadership… of the type that has vision... of the type that can inspire a whole nation and society... And of the type that leaves behind a lasting legacy.

So let me start with my May events. In 1964, our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru passed away. He ruled India for 17 years as the Prime Minister. In recent times, I have read many articles and scholarly papers that say Nehru was actually bad for India. I have stopped getting angry at these illiterate comments. I know Nehru was a human being, and I don’t buy the propaganda sold by some that Nehru was as good as God. But I laugh at people who criticize him commenting that he was bad for India. Do you think this stupid cartoon controversy would have taken up so much time of our Parliament if he was the Prime Minister? There is simply no doubt about this and we all must respect that Nehru was so popular that he could have become the dictator of India and the voters would have probably voted for it. He had big differences with India’s first President Rajendra Prasad and yet the issue never became ugly. His son-in-law Feroze Gandhi argued against him in the Parliament and exposed India’s first scam where a Finance Minister had to resign. I am sure Nehru must have been angry. But let us all applaud his leadership. Nehru had a vision for India. In some things, he did fail, like with the humiliating military defeat against China in 1962. But he was a leader and he took it on the chin without blaming others.
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10 comments:

Anand Rawat said...

We don't have many great leaders today... gone are the days. When the world has some really great leaders with killer qualities

Smita Nayak said...

Yes I agree with you... Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi sad to say have been a very bad leader.

suman kumari said...

You are absolutely right,Indira Gandhi was too good as a leader......wish Sonia Gandhi had learned few things from her!!!!

Nisha said...

Indira Gandhi will always remain a great example of a excellent leader..India really needs someone like her..!!

aaryan said...

Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are nowhere close to such great leaders.....have they really done anything remarkable so that people can remember them as good leaders?????

rahul said...

I don't think we really have great leaders today......great leaders with great leadership qualities are only found in history books.

geet said...

Really want Atal Bihari Vajpayee to be India's PM.... India truly needs someone like him at this movment,

Sumit said...

Sonia Gandhi should have learned something from the great leaders in her family....but sad to see that she stands nowhere close to them.

Pyush said...

India's fate is always decided by its own citizen.....why do they vote for such people????

Deepak Verma said...

I really like your articles sir.......you have been coming out with great articles on national interest....your articles are simply awesome.

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