why we need capable leaders, not good orators

ever thought why democracies fail to turn political rhetoric into reality? why phenomenally good speakers who command wide public support hardly deliver even a fraction of what they promise? this is because the ‘by the people’ aspect of democracy gives birth to leaders who possess good oratory skills but lack the requisite competence to govern with efficiency and integrity. india is being self-ruled by representatives chosen by the public since more than seven decades. this is a long time, long enough to eradicate the curses of income inequality, extreme poverty and limited access to education and healthcare. public sector institutions are still riddled with corruption and bureaucracy at all levels lacks both skills and intent to perform their duties in the desired manner. it can be said that the electorate is yet to identify competent leaders out of a market that is inundated with politicians subscribing to different ideologies. voters tend to back politicians who have the best oratory skills.

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why narendra modi may not go down as a great leader

one needs to revolutionise the prevailing settings in order to be remembered as a great leader. what narendra modi has done or achieved to date isn’t anything extraordinary. he was blessed with oil prices at their historical low, and although such initiatives as mudra and skill india are promising, these are not enough to earn the prime minister the tag of ‘a great reformer’ or to bring the promised socio-economic progress. what lacks is the will to alter the political landscape of india that is inundated with dishonest and prejudiced politicians. to form governments in states, the bjp not only welcomed goons but also has compromised the ideals of good governance. present bjp leaders not only publicly endorse accused and convicted men, they also try to make a hero out of them only to gain electoral support. unless politics of country is rid of vested interests, no reform can sustain in the medium and long run. second, india’s public sector

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the ‘underdog theory’ for 2019 lok sabha elections

the election of donald trump as the president of the united states in 2017 was an unexpected outcome of a contest that experts believed was totally tilted toward hillary clinton. allegations ranging from vested business interests to inappropriate conduct with women in the past couldn’t stop the americans to vote for the ‘underdog’, who was simply and brutally written off by political analysts and mainstream media. this is what electoral politics is all about. in 2014 general elections, no one predicted such landslide victory of the modi-led bjp party, it still happened. for the upcoming 2019 lok sabha polls, experts can only predict either a majority for the national democratic alliance (nda) or a fractured mandate with no clear majority to any party. indeed, the indian national congress, in view of most political analysts, stands no chance to come up with maximum number of seats in the parliament. of course, the bjp has delivered on some aspects. free lpg connections

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improving administration in india

most failures, whether more than 30 percent of population below the poverty line or rampant corruption in public services, can be attributed to poor administration. here we need to know that administration is not governance, which involves policy actions and legislative tasks, and it is the liability of civil servants, not politicians. thus, the salaried employees of the state, with fixed jobs and perks, are answerable for misadministration and implementation lapses. the constitution talks of all-india services, the personnel for which are hired through competitive exams conducted by upsc. an ias acts as the topmost functionary in the area under her jurisdiction, an ips heads the police department and so on. isn’t it then reasonable to hold these heads of different departments accountable for any lapse in services? indian bureaucracy is, time and again, regarded as red tape and the only task they are hired for – implementation of government policies and schemes and overall administration – still awaits their

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enough is enough, stop the bloodbath

it’s clear in the supreme law of the land, the constitution; we are here to protect minorities, depressed and the vulnerable, all freedoms, rights are a common lot, privilege does not exist for any individual, group and can never find its way in the social fabric through political propaganda. why then religious minority in the country is being mobbed, lynched with such impunity? inside their homes, on trains and in streets, amidst full public view, muslims are being taunted, assaulted, tortured, murdered, and there seems no honest endeavor by the protectors, our legislators and law enforcement agencies, to place a lid on these catastrophic events. there is no uncertainty that india is better placed on many parameters, the poor is being allocated cooking gas connections and legislations are being passed for overhaul of the economy. but can all this overshadow recurrent bitter incidents of minority religion being targeted by vigilantes and ultra-nationalists? it is quite clear that the ruling political

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what about leaders of tomorrow, what after modi?

we are better placed today than yesterday; undeniably, economy is improving, business sentiments are positive, but are we scoring equally good on impartiality, inclusiveness and transparency? gst, demonetisation, unearthing the black money are all short-term spectacles for a country that needs to overcome ages-old curse of inequality in income distribution and the deep-rooted disparity in living standards. this seems all more problematic when one looks beyond 10 years and does not find a capable leader to take over the reins from the present ones. no political party in india can even falsely boast of being indisputably clean when it comes to corruption and misuse of power in polity; and that’s the challenge for pm modi. while the public sentiment is heavily tilted toward the bharatiya janata party, owing to the acceptance of pm modi as pro-transparency, pro-poor and anti-dynasty ruler, what after him? what after 2024? is the prime minister readying a new line of defense against politicians eying opportunities

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bjp’s rise isn’t historic if communal divide persists

for the first time, media houses seem to have accepted narendra modi as a mass leader. and this has not come on an unfounded belief. to decode up poll results in one sentence, it isn’t any win for bhartiya janata party, it was the unprecedented and unified shift of sentiments towards a politicians who talks reforms, implements them, without caring for how the general public or political and economic analysts will view them. it will be modi again at the national scene in 2019 and by wisely construing events in the political landscape, it will be amit shah as his successor in 2024. but let’s not constrain all that happened to just politics, the picture needs to be looked upon in a broader sense. india is not merely a political ground for warriors with dissimilar ideologies, it is more a society and an economy where inhabitants have a clear vision of how development and reforms must shape their lives from

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sp, congress, bsp propelling bjp’s growth

political landscape of india is in mess, with polarization and appeasement at all time high. although the country needs urgent and comprehensive electoral reforms, the polls in up are the present talk of the town, for state’s share in country’s legislative scene; up holds a crucial position, let us see the odds. if it weren’t for demonetisation of high currency notes that went down well with the public at large, thanks to the patriotic flavour added to the episode, it is the specific targeting of narendra modi by sp, bsp and congress that has fueled interest of the electorate toward the bjp. in marketing, this is called hammering. mistakes are many. the samajwadi party was treading a right path when akhilesh-led faction won the tug of war. it was then that the party misconstrued minds of voters and allied with congress, a party synonymous of scams and bad governance today. the fall of mayawati in 2012 owing to her disconnect

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tamil nadu governor as protagonist in political drama

many discussions in post-independence india have favoured abolition of the post of governors. this constitutional office that many a time is accused of playing as central government’s puppet has finally been accorded a rare and golden chance to revive its lost integrity, owing to a bitter power tussle that has erupted in tn politics. it would remain an unshakeable fact that the highest decision-making position in state government is held by a person who holds support of legislators that constitute majority in the house. after the sad demise of jayalalithaa and consequent brouhaha, multiple power centres emerged in tamil nadu; in the short-run, however, sasikala natarajan, a former aide and confidante of jayalalithaa evolved as the most commanding. but democracy is no politics. the tug of war cannot be a legitimate part of any democracy, for people’s will is supreme, hence politicians shouldn’t have the liberty to turn upside down the verdict of voters. in latest developments and as a

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forget infra, jobs push, india needs political reforms

let’s begin with evoking socrates who hated democracy and wanted only intellectuals to vote. the new government may be on the path of repealing obsolete laws and currency notes, unless deserving candidates occupy the seats of policy making, no action will be sustainable for long, the change that we seek will remain elusive. the topmost priority of india’s key decision makers must be to conceptualise and implement sweeping political and electoral reforms. holistic development of country, with inclusiveness and sustainability as elements, demand re-thinking of how indians elect their representatives to legislative assemblies and parliament. we are to admit, the ingredients that make us vote for a candidate aren’t the ones that ought to be, more so when income disparity and chronic poverty exist in abundance. post 1947, when india chose the path of democracy and universal suffrage, we were hailed for opting what liberals thought would be the path to free india of its concerns. being republic and democratic

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