Monday, October 15, 2007
Lead India ...
Caution – opinionated and controversial
Last few weeks there has been Lead India campaign running across
There is no doubt about the potential leaders and their thoughts for bringing in change to define the lead
Talking about leaders – I think we need to first define what kind of leaders are we looking for – thought leaders or mass leaders … in that respect – current CM of UP – Mayawati is true leader – (I think she got some recognition recently too) … I have not imagined any party (forget Mayawati’s) to achieve single party majority… she actually lead the people to vote!!! and with strict security and very less unfair means of ballot casting, Maya won the battle (if not war) for the power … another leader that comes to my mind is Bala sahib in Mumbai … I am not too sure if he still commands the same leadership as he used to earlier, but then he was (and to a good extent, is) a leader … these guys can move the masses … just like MK Gandhi (who has been the best mass leader I can think of) … Further imagine Rahul Bose as mass leader (he's known because he's actor) ... what about the other participants - for instance Ujjwal Banerjee (a fellow NITIEian, who among those who rcvd lowest votes in sms/internet polls) - can we think of them becoming the 'mass leader' - I don't think so!
Coming back to topic - the Lead India campaign, I think, is just looking for thought leaders… again why … because, these are youth, without muscle/ political power … when people with huge political power (and being in active politics) – like Rahul Gandhi, Jyotir Aditya, Pilot, Paritranam, … (there are many more) – are just pushed to lower decks, when they actually could contribute … I don’t say that they are not doing anything, but they could have done much more, had a proper opportunity been given to them … so back again – these folks will result in mere thought leaders as their actions will be very localized and will go into stalemate situation as the 50L sum empties to zero.
I don’t have any specific solutions to it … but what we can do is try to extract some ideas and thoughts which are executable across India and has immediate impact to the grass root levels, to form as common portfolio of Agenda India (or India Agenda task force) – governed by a body of people not directly from the ugly politics (as these guys are only loyal to the chair) … but from people who are retiring from the business (as mentors), guys from NGOs, and people volunteers who are ready to devote some time of theirs … a body which should exist even when there is a change in govt, … get into action with full transparency … and with penalty clauses in case of non-actions … in cases of failures, revisit these ideas and make changes accordingly … however, the bigger Qs is still hanging – who’ll fund … where is the fund come from to execute the broad agendas!
Agree with you on some points..
But i dont think Mayawati is any good to the country.. Nor is Bala Sahib..
But the sad part is that there aint any sincere politicians in the country.. Likes of Madhav-Rav-Scindhia are few ..:(
If the majority of the people of this country think that their caste is more important than economic development, why should we complain if their leaders think the same?
If the majority of the people of this country are stupid and ignorant, why won't their leaders be the same?
After all, who are we to decide what's good and what's bad? As long as we support democracy, we have to accept what the majority says regardless of what our personal opinions are.
base line is - if we can create a mass leader who can create a mass movement on a constructive note ... to me it still seems impossible in current scenario - even if he's there, he'll be broken down soon ...
too long... looks like a blog itself ...
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