As I get into this post, I am going to make a disclaimer, to some extent. While much of what I write uses examples from India, the stuff I write about does not really pertain to India alone. I quote Indian examples, because this is the context of the world I currently occupy.
The ruling party at the Centre is the Bhartiya Janta Party, or the Indian Party for the Common Man. They lost the Delhi elections to the Aam Aadmi Party, or the Party For the Common Man.
You may notice the names of both parties claim that they represent the Common Man!
Anyway, the BJP came into power on an anti-Congress wave, and our Prime Minister started by talking about austerity, humility, hard work etc. However, he seemed to let his backing party, the RSS, shoot their mouths off about Hindu fundamentalism, and allowed them to vandalise churches. Then, he got himself a 17,000 US Dollar suit.
The AAP swept to power on the promise of free electricity, power etc to the citizens of Delhi. I have no idea how they will fund this. However, my sceptical mind asks the question – will they subsidise power, and hit the wallets of The Common Man elsewhere? After all, the books have to be balanced, and if other costs go up in Delhi, they can claim that this was not part of their manifesto. They would have kept their electoral promise.
A couple of years back, I read about how many leaders had gathered around to talk of sustainability. They spent lots of air miles, ate at huge banquet tables to talk of the problems of the world. A girl from a poor country was called up to make a speech, so that they could feel good about themselves
Which brings me to the fundamental question that I have always asked about many leaders that i see out there – what is their real motive?
Is their real motive power? Money? To be part of a coterie?
To actually do good for the people?
If I were to look at many of our leaders today, how many pass the acid test?
Are we in search of leaders, and leadership?