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?