And my vote goes to ….
Definitely a leader and not a party, because we have seen that the party becomes more important than the people or the country. Even though organizations are impersonal, the do tend to acquire the characteristics of the leader at the top, whether it is Apple Inc. or the Indian cricket team. So, if I want a good government for my country, then my vote will be for the right leader at the top. Or for that matter my vote goes to anyone who will help my kind of leader win.
And the leader that I want to see leading India is:
• Someone who will put the country and people even before his party, even at personal peril.
• A leader who definitely has proven experience in governance. Can’t take chances with a rookie given the precarious condition of our country right now.
• Definitely a leader who has a plausible road map for growth and progress of the country.
• One who is able to deal with the myriad problems that we face today as a nation.
• A leader who will give us prosperity, good governance, education, self reliance in industry and science & research, communal peace in addition to bringing this crunching inflation down and make life a lot easier for all of us.
• A leader who will ensure that our women and children are safe, who can keep a check on crime & corruption
• A leader who will make my beloved Bharat a quality finished product nation from the raw material supplying nation that we largely are today.
• I would definitely like this leader to be an able statesman and not just a politician.
• One who will make me feel proud about my country and my heritage, wherever I go in the world.
• One who is astute in business and diplomacy as well as in picking his team and bringing out the best from them.
• One who would stand firm when dealing internationally and not let others manipulate us, unlike some of our past weak leaders.
• One who is incorruptible himself and won’t allow colleagues to be corrupt either.
• Who stands firm despite the games played by detractors both within and outside the country.
• And above all a good human being who can be a role model for youngsters.
Considering all this, if we look at the choices that we have to pick leaders from this election who can lead India, we will find there really is no choice. Of course, not all choices are easy to make because in the real world, choices are not in black and white.
But whatever our personal views and preferences, let us not lose sight of what is good for the country. I urge everybody to take their friends and family along to vote this time. Because usually, elections are a dirty game – money, power and manipulation, but for the first time in a long time, there is genuine hope as well. Let us play our part in turning that hope into reality.