Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Wavering leaders

One of the main problems facing our society today is the disunity of our leadership of all shades in the mainstream as well as in the factional camps! Do we have any genuine, honest, sincere, and steadfast leadership in the State at all? In fact, our main tragedy has been the absence of a sincere, honest and upright leadership. Our charismatic leaders instead of setting examples of honesty and uprightness for the future generations ditched them in a whirlpool of corruption and dishonesty out of which they are unable to come out. Today everything seems to have been commercialised. Materialism rules the roost! This atmosphere of commercialization built upon deceit, dishonesty and greed of materialistic goals has turned the whole situation murky. A leader is a person of convictions who has a definite goal, a future vision and a definite road map to reach that goal. He shows the way and tries to honestly and sincerely lead his people to that goal which sometimes he may not reach in his own lifetime. Have we so far had such a leader? The first thing for a genuine leader would be to define in real practical terms what would be beneficial to his people in the long run. Ultimately, they want to live with honour and dignity in a peaceful environment. The leader has also to be sure that the people he is trying to lead accept the goal and are willing to follow him to reach it. Next to defining of a clear and practical goal and the path to reach it, the leader himself has to be steadfast and not waver on the way. Unfortunately, most of our leaders have been wavering both in defining the goal and leading the people on the path to reach it. The so called mainstream leaders have always been wavering from bijli, panni, saddak to decentralization of power, etc. Had they been honest, sincere, and true by conviction, they might have at least given good governance and made the living conditions of the common people better. These leaders have neither given good governance to the people to improve their daily lives nor have they been able to contribute anything to the solution of the basic political problem. Their one point programme has been to somehow usurp power and gather as much money and material things as they could till their “sun” shines! In the other camps, there have been sincere, steadfast, and honest leaders of conviction but most of these have been liquidated by one or the other side to safeguard their own discourses. We know that leaders won’t fall from the sky but they have to grow here from the ground. However, when there are two antagonists or more with diametrically opposite ideologies trying to promote their own discourses it is very hard for the genuine and honest leadership to grow unless there is some divine intervention! Now it is quite obvious that this vagueness in the goals and the wavering of the leadership has totally confused the people. They do not know whom to follow to get relief in their daily lives and to reach the ultimate goal of total emancipation. They are churning in the whirlpool of corruption. There is free for all in every sphere of the society. Truth has been banished from the society! The only hope is the new generation, which does not carry the baggage of the earlier leadership. There are innumerable attempts targeted even at this new generation to push them into the same mud and filth, which has destroyed the earlier leadership. The confused and paralyzed people have genuine hopes for the “deliverer” rising out of the new generation and the Almighty God won’t disappoint them provided they change their basic character by speaking the truth and standing by it regardless of the consequences.