I here talk on various things, in general and just not stick To Andhra Pradesh.
It’s a known fact that India is the largest democracy in the world. Democracy, as defined by the Constitution is “by the people, of the people, for the people”. How many of us actually feel it to be right? Especially during the present times, when the negative vibes and corruption are spreading like a pandemic, democracy must be redefines as:
BUY the people (for votes during elections)
OFF the people (after coming into power, who cares)
FOUR the people (minister and his family)
Another important subject is the successor issue. Political parties seem to have become a family property. Congress, DMK, NC are all examples. Now, the same issue has struck A.P. A major section of Congress are in support of Jaganmohan Reddy to be the next C.M. Jagan is only a first-time M.P. with only 100 odd days in office. What is the logic behind this? Perhaps, party workers think son of a great leader has all the qualities of his father. Now, coming into the topic of successor norms, there are several things that a leader must fulfill to be the people’s minister. In my view here are a few points that must be looked upon while selecting the CM.
I often wonder why politicians don’t require educational background when all other posts require such qualifications. There must be transparency for all posts. If this goes on, anyone unemployed can go into politics and make a living. There are many CMs who don’t even know to speak English. How will they take the state forward in the path of development? It doesn’t make a good sense.
What do you all feel about some exam for the politicians? Indian Public Service Commission (IPSC) exam! It is necessary that one must know about the country and the state he is running. Many undeserving candidates would certainly fail. It would importantly remove criminals out of the picture. I wonder how come criminals become MPs, MLAs, that too, to serve the people. It is absolutely illogical.
Y.S.Rajasekara Reddy was a great exponent in this case. He was a doctor - a social servant. He can well understand what it means to serve the masses.
The person running for the post must be experienced. He must have represented people for 1-2 terms, just to see how things happen, to handle various situations. This just serves as a build-up programme.
Well, I’ve been disappointed that Rahul Gandhi has not taken any ministry citing experience. He is from a political background and has earlier been an MP as well. He is tipped to succeed Sonia Gandhi and a future P.M. He should have taken a minister. Whatsoever, there are several young MPs in this UPA government like Sachin Pilot, Jyotiradhitya Scindya, Agatha Sangma etc. All of them come from a political family are a future leaders and CMs.
3. People’s man
The person must be a true representative of the people. Once into power, he must not forget the people who brought him into that post. He must always look into the problems of the people. His sole aim must be to serve the people.
He must put interest of the people ahead of anything else. He must not think of anything of his interest or things that threaten his position by opposition. He must always be there for the people.
He must interact with the people on a regular basis. Just framing the policies in an AC room and implementing it will not serve the purpose. He must see everything first-hand and must always be there in the thick of all the things. He must spent time with the people, have talks on the policies, take into account their views and suggestions and then rework on those policies accordingly.
4. Must be brave
He must be really brave while taking decisions. He must not bow down under pressure, when the chips are down. Face the crunch situations. Experience definitely counts here. While CM’s post is a big one, there are several challenges that come up along with it. There may be instances when others try to jeopardize and shorten tenure. Just do not give up to those people. After all, serving people is not a cake-walk, it is a tough task.
5. Carry forward development
He must take forward the state towards development. He must see to it that investments are put on the state, without discomforting the people. This would bring more job opportunities; open up various other prospects of development. And hence bring prosperity to his state.
He must also bring on various social reforms. Just don’t carry forward the old practices but bring about some changes that would prosper the state and the people to a greater extent. For example, take Union HRD minister, Kapil Sibal. His reforms have been widely accepted for the changes in education sector. 10th boards have become a usual practice but he has boldly gone for a change that brings positive attitude.
He must also see to it that all halted projects are restarted and carried forward in a good way. Just don’t think that it was not during his tenure or was started by the opposition. Anything beneficial to the state and its people – just take that work seriously.
6. See everything equally
It’s common that when a person comes into power, there is certain favorism towards his constituency or district. This is wrong. Ministers are chosen to serve the entire people irrespective of boundaries. So, he must serve all people equally.
Everyone knows that when railway budget is presented, minister’s own state gets more every time. That is in a way injustice. Ministers must see that they serve all equally at the end of their 5-year tern.
Well, to get such a Chief Minister is a tough ask. But there is only one CM who has all these traits – Anil Kapoor in the movie “Nayak”!
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