What I have outlined may seem quite simplistic. But it is a start, and there is much more to it. What I wanted to do is get us start thinking about change. And that change is not about a generational shift from one member of a dynasty to another. It is about doing away with dynasties altogether since India’s troubles can be traced back to policies set by members of the dynasty. And those who have got us into the mess are not the ones who can get us out of it.
What we need to start doing is to stand up and be counted. Stand up and say, Yes, I am willing to do by bit to help change India’s political and policy climate by 2014. And then, look around. You will be amazed by how many people you will see standing. Today, we sit and think – and so do many others. And so, we don’t see anyone else.
Middle India is waiting for real leadership. We can either continue on the dismal path that India’s past leaders have set India upon, or we can create a different path that leads India to its true destiny. It will not be an easy path – it is a road that will have many twists and turn, and obstacles at every turn. We have do take this new path if for nothing else but to be able to look our children in the eye and say, “Yes, my dear, we did what we had to do and we did it well.”