Friday, April 3, 2009


I read the views of some of the glamorous representatives of the GenNext of India this morning in the Times of India, Bangalore edition, 03 Apr 09. It made an interesting read. Let us sample their views on their idea of a PM.

"Somebody who sticks to his or her word and doesn't crumble under pressure." - Freida Pinto

"A young educated and responsible leader who loves the country wholeheartedly" - Sonam Kapoor

"A person we can depend on and trust." .... "a visionary, but also someone who will implement his vision" - Parvathy Omanakuttan

"A young healthy leader to lead India" - Vijender Singh

"A leader who has the vision of a great and young India". - Deepika Padukone

"A person who stands by his word against all odds". - Prateik Babbar

"A leader who can look after all classes and give young India a path to follow". - Prachi Desai

So what does one make of this? The representatives of GenNext are generally asking for a YOUNG, VISIONARY, DEPENDABLE, and TRUSTWORTHY PERSON to become the PM of India, so that he can lead us to our rightful place in the comity of nations. These are very noble thoughts and feelings in today's context. We are already approaching a general election and the parties have already announced their PM candidates. The two major national parties have announced that - the Congress wants to go with Manmohan Singh, and the BJP with L K Advani as PM. The other blatantly hopeful's for the chair are Pawar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati and the silently hopefuls are Deve Gowda and son, and some others like them. None of these Prime Ministerial candidates meet the stringent requirements of the GenNext's wishlist. So what option do we have for this general election. One thing is for certain that the GenNext wishlist is not going to be met in this general election. Thus their wishlist is just plain wishful thinking as far as this national election is concerned.

So what is the next best option? for the long term as well as the short term? Let's take the easier question first, the long term. Well, to get a young visionary PM, we need to start grooming many young potential PM candidates. What does this imply? - nearly all of us will have to change our perceptions of politics and take an oath to work for the common good in public life - are MANY of the GenNext students willing to take up a career in politics as a national calling? If the answer is Yes, we are lucky; but if the answer is NO then we can do nothing to our political system, as it exists.

I only see some young people in politics and they all belong to political families - even they are very few in number - there are no fresh young faces who are joining politics and have the calibre to lead India in the future. What does all this mean - politics is a dirty game or it is too risky a business?

............To be continued