Who is a great leader? What are the qualities of a great leader? These are two basic questions that need answers. It is a fact that the mindset of people changes over time. People who reach on top position have their distinctive qualities to remain in power. One of the leaders is a fatherly figure who takes all people together and treats his subjects as his children but people take him for granted and so over time mindset of people changes and it begins to long for a strong and authoritarian leader who can control all the countrymen by implementing strict and stringent rules.
Generally, an authoritarian leader does not allow any second layer of leadership in the country. In this situation, only those aspiring politicians who really have the guts to make their way to the highest ruler emerges as the successor to the ruler.
Politics is the game of power and an ambitious person can do anything to grasp the power. No matter how strong a leader is he has enemies among his close ones too besides external enemies. He might have a big threat from a snake of his sleeves. Father, brother, sister, mother, daughter, son all are killed for the sake of power. It has been a trend for ages. Some of the glimpses of this tug of war to get the throne.
- Mahapadma Nanda was Mahanandin's son from a Shudra wife , he killed all his brothers to claim his supremacy on the throne. This was not just the end of the Shishunaga sons but also the end of the Shishunaga dynasty as Mahapadma Nanda started his own Nanda dynasty.
- Ashoka, the Great Killed His Brothers to Claim the Magadh Throne
- Bimbisara was imprisoned by his own son Ajatashatru. And Ajatashatru's son Udayabhadra killed his own father Ajatashatru for the throne.
Fratricide had been a common tradition in old ages and it is continued. Everything is fair for power.
However, nobody can stay on a throne forever, one day everybody has to leave his throne.