True Leaders – Pride Of India

Jawaharlal Nehru arriving for delberations during the Simla Conference, 1945.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru arriving for delberations during the Simla Conference, 1945. He became the first prime minister of India.

I sit on a cozy sofa with a cup of tea in my hand, and the phone beeps – a few jokes are circulated… everyone laughs. I realize it is on the highest serving leader of our country.

Well, not one but many jokes are enjoyed upon and leaders ridiculed. It so saddens my heart to see how people are enjoying and sharing all these, both privately and publicly.

They say our politicians are worse than dogs but I beg to differ as I am a dog lover and can vouch for the loyalty of a dog even in today’s times.

When I was a child we had leaders in our country. We had people who served the nation. We had stories of freedom fighters. Yes, I was innocent as all other kids of my age and knew no politics but at that time our leaders were God. One such leader I remember was Indira Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India.

Those days not every house had television sets and basically radio was the only channel into the world around me.  Radio was honest, loyal and no crap was portrayed. The channel would be on, with all ears to hear the speech our Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India.

Then, to get a simple glimpse of the leader, we would sit and watch the whole functions, be it a public meeting or a national day. Not only me, the whole clan would sit, all the servants, everyone. There would be pin drop silence too.

When a leader died those days the nation would be traumatized. There would be a national mourning even if they were not serving.

Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi sharing dais during a speech in 1980s. Photo copyright gcaffe.com

Indira Gandhi, Sheila Kaul and Rajiv Gandhi. © gcaffe.com

And now we share dirty disgusting jokes on each and every public forum about our leaders and activists. Where are all the good people? What happened to our leaders? Why are they doing such things that people are criticizing them in this manner?

Today the leaders are given written speeches to deliver and that is what they do and sadly without any expressions. I miss the men and women who spoke from their hearts looking straight into your eyes.

Was the world like this only when I was a kid or have I matured in the last three decades? Whom will our present generation idolize and look up to? Whom will they be inspired from? Will it be Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan or Salman Khan as they are more famous than our leaders of today?

When will the good people rise from their dormancy? When will the lava flow?

When will I have a true leader I can be proud of? When?

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One thought on “True Leaders – Pride Of India

  1. Leaders are those who have clear & decisive leadership qualities. In the race for money, pleasure and leisure such people have become indifferent to the world they live in. Leading is always from the front, in all situations irrespective of applause or attacks. Leaders don’t look behind, they don’t look back, they lead for which they are born. Hope this opinion of yours acts as a catalyst.

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