Monday, June 4, 2012

“Will Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy Become another Arjun or Abhimanyu?” - Professor M.S.Rao

"If leadership serves only the leader, it will fail. Ego satisfaction, financial gain, and status can all be valuable tools for a leader, but if they become the only motivations, they will eventually destroy a leader. Only when service for a common good is the primary purpose are you truly leading." - Sheila Murray Bethel

Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy needs no introduction.  He is the son of late Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh who died in helicopter crash. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy is popularly known as YSR, and affectionately called ‘Raajanna’ by the people, and he enjoyed great support from the people of Andhra Pradesh (AP) as he championed for the cause of farmers. After his death the state of Andhra Pradesh plunged into several crises including Telangana movement due to the leadership vacuum.   

Jagan aspired to become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh after untimely death of his father.  The Congress High Command led by Sonia Gandhi did not appoint him as the chief minister.  Jagan founded YSR Congress Party and took some of ruling Congress MLAs and MPs from Andhra Pradesh to New Delhi, and paraded their support to him to Sonia Gandhi as a show of strength, and declared that Congress Govt. in Andhra Pradesh survived on his mercy.  Subsequently the gap between the Sonia Gandhi and the Jagan widened further resulting in ego clashes.  

It is not fair on the part of Jagan to stake his claim to become the chief minister as we are in democracy, not in dynastic era.  Sonia Gandhi did not appoint her son, Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minster although Congress formed coalition government at the centre twice.  She wanted Rahul to gain experience first to become the Prime Minister.   When she did not allow her own son to become the Prime Minister of this country, how can she allow Jagan to become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh?  Jagan should have waited with patience for some more time by staying within the Congress party to gain experience and stake his claim to the post of chief minister.

With the arrest of Jagan on various corruption charges, there is a political turmoil in Andhra Pradesh and the people are watching closely, and will declare their verdict in the ensuing by polls. Jagan also hit national headlines.  He has been fixed tightly by his political opponents, and partly he himself was responsible for the present scenario.  It appears that Jagan has been trapped in Chakravyuh (Padmavyuh) and everyone is watching whether he will die like Abhimanyu or come out with flying colors like Arjun.  Either way Jagan becomes a hero.  

Sonia Gandhi must realize that the more she troubles Jagan, the more troubles she will encounter in future for her Congress party in Andhra Pradesh.  And Jagan will enjoy more sympathy and popularity among the people.  Hence, she should learn lessons quickly without any false-ego, and take appropriate measures to recover her party’s image in the state.  Sonia should buy peace with Jagan rather than antagonize him and the people who sympathize with him. There must be a win-win solution for both Sonia and Jagan.

The present scenario looks like YSR was Arjun, and Jagan is Abhimanyu.  If Jagan has to become another Arjun, he needs intellectual and expert advice from a mentor like Lord Krishna to accomplish his political ambitions.

In any democracy it is the people who are the Gods.  They are more mature and intelligent, and are the final judges.  They will decide the destiny of the leaders. They are intelligent enough to understand the ego clashes between the Sonia and the Jagan.  It all appears like David vs. Goliath.  Let us wait and watch whether Jagan will become another David.

“You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” - Anthony J. D'Angelo

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