I have said this many times but it helps to repeat it: Leadership matters. No nation, no organisation has been built without strong leadership. In Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and China’s Deng Xiaoping, we have two examples of leaders in the Asian region who transformed their countries. In India, Vajpayee did many things right during the 1998-2004 period when he was in power. No leader is without his faults, and one can always criticise what they did. But the fact remains that they led from the front, took the hard decisions, and put their nations on a positive path of progress.
In India, we have seen first-hand what weak, split, unaccountable leadership can do in the past few years. We have to start thinking harder about the leadership issue going ahead. Instead of saying “I will vote for Party X in the Lok Sabha elections because I have always done so in the past”, we need to start looking at the leader and then decide the party we want to vote for. In other words, 2014 needs to become much more ‘Presidential’ (as in the US context) in India. That is what can create the wave and take India a step towards better governance.
For this to happen, it does not require 100% of the voting population to change their minds. If just 10% of us come together through a formation like United Voters of India, we can change the course of this country and play our role in Transforming India.