Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Is Leadership all about Compassion?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.” - Thurgood Marshall, US Supreme Court Justice

It is unfortunate that most Indian leaders don’t demonstrate compassion while leading others.  When they are in opposition, they make tall promises to grab political power. After acquiring the political power, they stop performing and start settling scores with their political opponents. They disturb the proceedings in Parliament and Assemblies and don’t allow the dialogue and discussion to happen. Most times, they don’t represent people’s voices and concerns. Is it justified? It is called leadership?

It appears that Indian politicians have their goals to settle scores with their rivals rather than to solve people’s problems. The politicians occupying offices start witch-hunting and retaliating their political opponents little realizing that they might be in opposition once again, if people vote against them. Worse, some politicians rise regional, religious and linguistic issues to please one section of people to trouble another section to divide society to secure their vote bank. Is it known as leadership?

In democracy, when people are voted to power they must behave like true leaders whose concern is to take care of all people equally  with fairness rather than taking care of the interests of a particular region, religion and community. It is unfortunate that narrow mindedness has crept into the minds of a few Indian politicians, and it is encouraged by some people. It does no good to the society in the long run as it creates ill-will among the people.

Although Indian democracy is the largest in the world, we are yet to mature as a democracy. And it calls for leaders who are mature and broadminded with compassion. To conclude, Indian politicians must remember that leadership is all about not only taking responsibility but also walking the talk with compassion and fairness.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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