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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 2

January 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Obama’s campaign energised the US, and I could not help wonder what it would take for us in India to get excited about a leader. I was in the US the night the results were declared, and it was an electric feeling all around. This is what I wrote shortly after in November 2008:

It was a terrific experience being in the US the night Obama became President-elect. This election energised people across the US – and the world. There is great hope and expectation. I wish we could say the same about India’s leaders.

Here, there is an air of resignation, of politics as usual. We need a leader who can energise us, whom we can relate to, and who embodies a vision for the New India. We need to get a large percentage of our citizens involved in the community process – which is what Obama managed to do.

So, who can be India’s Obama? We have elections happening in the next 6-odd months. We need change, but will probably not get it this time. The three choices this time are likely to be Manmohan Singh (who has disappointed more than delighted), LK Advani (let’s hope he governs as well as he writes), and a dark horse in Mayawati. I think we will have to wait a few more years before India’s Obama emerges.

What helped Obama was the Internet – in raising cash for the campaign and mobilizing millions of supporters across the country. In India, that change will come in 5-6 years with the mobile platform. But we also need leaders who can think big and put India first.

So, who will be India’s Obama? Any ideas? If I had to pick one person, it would be the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He is much older than Obama at 58 years, but that’s still relatively young compared to the people we have now.

Continued tomorrow.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 No Identity // Jan 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Narendra Modi would fit as a perfect leader as he is popular both with the masses as well as business leaders. Although the choice is very aggressive, we need to see him working on grass roots with other BJP leaders to spread his wings nationally. The general perception surrounding him is getting work done by hook or crook. We need to see a change in this attitude to see his rise nationally. Although this may seem critical, I am a huge fan of Mr Modi and have nothing but utmost respect for him. I can relate this when I speak to my extended family in Gujrat and see the shine in their eyes when they speak about him. Narmanda Dam and Vibrant Gujrat are perfect examples of balancing people and business houses alike

  • 2 Maaran // Jan 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Obama has been in the short time and going to be a disaster for US economy with his socialistic dogma.

    India is already a horrific collectivistic society. I don’t find BJP to offer any real solutions there. I wish they atleast behaved as a Rightist party should let alone bring complete economic freedom. I don’t see much constituency for economic freedom among the masses or middle class anyway.

  • 3 StatSpotting // Jan 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Obama has not been the success many thought he would be?

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