Wish We Had More Leaders Like This!

How many politicians do we have in this country who would pay for their own guest’s expenses? I have seen several instances on TV where politicians instruct Public Sector Units (PSUs) to pay for their family’s expenses. Ever saw Shekhar Suman’s Pol Khol? There you would have a deeper glimpse how skilled Indian leaders are at misusing taxpayer’s money and government resources for their own means. Their wives use official cars for shopping and office chauffeur regularly drops their kids at school. Probably, like me, you would not believe that there is one Indian leader who does not use official car for his personal purpose. Yes, there is one.

I came across this article by Fali S. Nariman that states two non-frilly real incidents depicting the integrity and honesty of this Indian leader: Ex-President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

I was very sad the day some politicians came out in front of camera and advised ex-President Abdul Kalam to step down from Presidency “gracefully.” No brownies to take a guess what was the track record for these politicians. Chara-Ghotala accused Lalu Prasad Yadav was one of the front-running politicians who spewed venom against ex-President Abdul Kalam on that eventful day.

Sad our country could not have the President its people wanted, rather had to comprise with a politician who was perhaps the fifth or sixth choice of the coalition government parties. Trust a coalition government to make mockery of democracy!

Wish we had more leaders like Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

P.S: Does anyone know what is this Times of India’s “Lead India” campaign about?

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7 Responses to “Wish We Had More Leaders Like This!”


  1. 1 rameshindiatimes September 4, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    When the meaning of democracy boils down to merely a mean to prevent tyranny, how much can one expect from democracy? This is the mechanism in which majority gets the right to kill minority. I always find Clement Atlee relevant in the context of Democracy when he says “Democracy means Government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking”.

    Please read “people” above as “skilled politician” as author mentions in the articles and “talking” as “Conspiring” to humiliate someone with self respect and high degree of integrity.

  2. 2 Nishu September 5, 2007 at 7:11 am

    http://nishugoyal.wordpress.com/2007/08/29/lead-india-times-of-india/
    seems like html tags are also not allowed in comments section. anyways .. if you are above 25 and if u think you are a leader that india needs you can apply to lead india. There are various rounds of filtering like “reality shows” to find out leadership potential

  3. 3 Poonam September 5, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Ha ha, you wrote a whole good post about it. TO me, it seems like a post that is written on demand. I want to say thanks! 🙂

  4. 4 Nishu September 5, 2007 at 11:56 am

    I told u so many times.. I dont “write” anything 😛

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma September 5, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Whatever 😛 , it was like a radio jockey playing music on your request! Thanks anyway! 🙂

  6. 6 ish September 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Oh well, this country has no clue about the kind of loss it underwent when Dr. Kalam wasn’t re-elected. But who ever cares?

  7. 7 falcon December 3, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Now, I wouldn’t exactly agree 2 u on this.. there are many such people but u wouldn’t hear about them for they keep low profile..or simply sidelined. they are oue “neev ki irt” As for the wives even in this case the wives use their facilities more than they do.. More often than not they walk to offices for their wife is using their car! not that they are not entitled to use 2 cars but they don’t
    Guess u can’t win with ur boss!!! er i mean wife.

    As For APJ .. checki my blog for this is APJ.. this time nolini search if u would like to!!!

    Poonam: True, there would be many such people I might not have heard about. That is why I never wrote about them. That is sad irony. 😦

    Yes, I read about APJ in your blog and posted my comment there.


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