Sunday, December 25, 2016

Fact File – III (Note Bandi) 11th, Dec. 2016

Narendra Modi Demonetization or Demonization / jkgr ;k vkQr

Experts View :

We need a leader, not just a glorified mangerQuality to lead - Leadership is about ideas and dreams, making us understand why an issue deserves our attention, scolding us when we are insufficient, inspiring us to aim higher

Some year ago, during an election in Delhi, we were talking to a group of men and women in one of the northwestern slums. Who is a good leader, we asked A women, thirtyish and charmingly opinionated, said “Indira Gandhi”

“She knew who was poor and who was rich and what each of them needed. She would go from house to house asking after people. For her, everyone was equally important.”

Mahatma Gandhi used to do this , and so did Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Atal Behari Vajpayee and Rajiv Gandhi.  But both Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh mostly stayed mum. In the early days of Modi there was a return to this tradition-we one again had a leader who was willing to engage with us at the level of ideas – it mattered less whether we agreed with him. Bu that quickly got lost in the need to defend partisan causes, and at this point, it is not clear that any one except his groupies are listening even when he has something important to say We need that back-we need a leader and not just a glorified manager.

Abhijeet Banerjee
International Professor, Economics

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