The power of right leadership in democracy is of paramount importance to entrench the roots deep down and propel the democratic principles into the body politics of a Nation.
India was fortunate having an array of dedicated visionary leaders ,the stellar ones like Mahatma Gandhi ,Jawaharlal Nehru ,Subhash Chander Bose, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel among many others in both the pre and post Independent era.
Mahatma Gandhi knew well Pt Nehru was highly educated, young dynamic tallest political leader of India and made no bones about it by electing him as the Prime Minister on 15th August 1947,when India became independent from British yoke .
In 1946 When Britain was contemplating to give Independence to India ,the Congress and Muslim league jointly formed interim government with Nehru as Prime Minister . Patel was home minister and Liaquat Ali Khan was Finance Minister.
So Nehru was undisputed leader of Nation even before Independence.
The Congress Party was vehemently opposed to the idea of Partition of India . But Jinnah’s Direct Action Day in 1946 sparked communal killings across the country and some of the Congress leaders thought that giving Muslims the Pakistan they wanted might finally bring communal peace .
Thus the seed of Partition got germinated in the Congress leaders across the Nation and all top Congress leaders including the stalwarts like Patel, Mahatma Gandhi agreed for the Partition of the Country .
The myth that only Nehru wanted Partition is not correct at all.
The current vested interest political leaders are deliberatively spreading tirade against Nehru in singling out him solely responsible for the inevitable Partition to meet their personal ends.
Whereas Subash Bose laid foundation of Indian Army, Nehru and Patel worked assiduously both individually and collectively to unite India ,in view of its diverse structure cultural and a plethora of languages , by laying a firm democratic foundation.to work with.
Jawaharlal Nehru strengthened it by winning the first three General Elections of independent India decisively and put India on the road of progress and prosperity.
Nehru , though undisputed leader, was a true democrat and gave full freedom to his cabinet ministers and treated them with respect and equality. He even went further to work with Opposition leaders taking their cognizance on the issues of mutual interest and concerning the future of the country.
India’s most powerful leader Indira Gandhi earning the epithet of Goddess Durga following great victory of 1971 war with Pakistan . She dismembered Pakistan into two Nations Bangladesh and Pakistan. bruising further its pride by surrendering 90,000 soldiers to Indian Army.
However she became autocratic .
In democracy it is always dangerous to eulogize a person to deific stature, thereby allowing him to wield power leading ultimately to the authoritarian rule, harmful to the pluralism inclusive society .
She in turn imposed Emergency thereby breaking the Constitutional norms.
PM Narender Modi is probably only one popular leader to win with clear massive majority in 2014 from BJP Party and thus assert himself as Prominent and promising one to lead the Nation .
But the massive popular support has propelled Mr Modi to follow the leader syndrome and thus converted the cabinet ministers into ‘yes minister ‘ cheer leaders.
The ministers in strict sense have become subordinates and the Central Govt currently veered to Modi .and he is decrying deriding the opponents using all fair and foul means to cling to power.
Instead of using massive support and mandate of 2014, to ensure good governance ,he lost the impetus to forge ahead with concrete Programmes that could have made difference to the national economic Growth resulting in providing jobs to the youth of the country.
The ambitious programmes like Digital India ,Make in India ,Skill India ,start up India ,stand up India , have been started with great fanfare with a hope to leverage the power of technology to benefit the lives of ordinary Indians.
But in reality except Digital India becoming a mass movement to a great extent , all other programmes have been a mere slogans with nobody hearing much about them any more.
The other good talking programmes are Swatch Bharat , C 7.5 crore toilets constructed across the country, 3.5 crores Ujjwala LPG gas connections, globally recognized JAM trinity ( 31 crore Jan Dhan Bank accounts ,121 crore mobile phones and 120 crore Aadhar IDs).
People feel disenchanted with promises made not fulfilled and democracy provides people to look for other options.
By concentrating powers into his hands PM Modi has become the story, theme, and subject matter of Indian politics , thereby giving ample opportunity and reason to Rahul Gandhi to attack Modi singularly.
This one point attack has been successful to tear apart the Govt policies as the BJP with all ministers attacking Rahul personally .This works well for the congress president to be in news all the time.
Rahul’s noise on Rafale has finally made the Govt to submit documents to the Court.
The opposition has started getting to forge an alliance with Telgu Desam leader CM Chander Babu Naidu ,taking the initiative to make disperate leaders of different political parties join hands to defeat BJP in 2019 General elections.
For sustenance of healthy stable Democracy the leaders require to be true democrats pledged to the welfare of all citizens irrespective of caste creed and colour. Only such leaders can propel and instil the democratic principles and forge ahead towards prosperity of the Nation.