The real leadership crisis in India: do we have many answers?
Does India face a leadership crisis? If so, what is the solution to this crisis?
Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamaraj and Patel. These names ring not one bell in us. They ring several bells.
Why? Because these were towering personalities who were selfless. Leaders who were instrumental in bringing about the Modern India. Leaders who were never corrupt themselves.
Perhaps today, the late Jothi Basu of West Bengal, the present Biju Patnaik of Orissa, and Modi himself can fit into the mould of "never corrupt" leaders. However, the followers are also important. Has the leader the power to keep his flock in tact, and he is bold enough to take action? Modi has done so on some occasions -- look how he has tamed the eccentric Smiti Irani, who was only spoiling his image.
But what about the leadership crisis? We are left with a huge leadership crisis. Leaders who practice what they preach. Leaders who were international, truly global, because of their qualities.
Please note that Mahatma Gandhi's concept of trusteeship has even been researched by some economists. His magical words "there is everything for everyone's need, but nothing for everyone's greed" rings true in every major event, national or international.
Take the Syria crisis. This man-made disaster, which is the worst sob story of recent times, is actually a war between the Russia and the American blocks. A die hard dictator, who refuses the need to compromise and make peace.
The Muslim militants have really eaten into all the excesses of USA's big brother attitude, and built a hugely emotional story of all that is wrong with their policies. Result? The ISIS is funded by some rich States of the Gulf, and reportedly, by many others.
Cut to our country. Modi, with all the trappings of the communal color of his party, is the tallest in India now. This is because Rajiv Gandhi is yet to come out a good story that will erase the corrupt record of the Congress, though it had a pro-poor image, far better than the BJP, just around fifteen years ago. The scam-hit Congress is yet to recover from its mistakes.
Our leadership crisis, and one in the the wider world, is deeply worrying. Do we have any answers? What is the way out and, if there is a way out, what exactly is it?