If you can’t lead, don’t mislead either. Walk away with respect into the public.
When you are trusted with representation, basic etiquette and grace are expected of you. Don’t just say what sells, don’t speak up for gains and publicity only. Say what the unheard voices behind you, want and expect you to say. When you have the big stage, say something of significance, try to empower not weaken.
Why Representation And Leadership Are Required
The population of India is estimated to be over 1.37 billion people in 2019. There are different minds and therefore different perspectives. There is no way each one of us could speak at a time and be heard. Now, there are issues that require a deep understanding of the Indian Constitution, The Law of the land and other aspects. There are situations where intensive decision making is taken to test.
In light of this, ideally, people with the knowledge, skills and ability to express opinions are chosen as candidates. These candidates then contest an election and the best one is chosen. Ideally, this process was meant to be fair and uncompromised.
Indian Elections Are Going Way Out Of Hand
Elections are said to be the biggest festival of democracy. It is the time when the citizens choose who will represent their voice and reconsider the choices made in the past. The time span between any two elections is when most of the enthusiasm dies out.
Usually, the candidates of different parties will love and kill just before the elections. The time when people rethink all angles and then vote. They come close to the citizens via speeches, shows, roadshows, etc. Some of them gain buzz via mud-slinging, hate speeches, mockery and uncalled-for comments.
And slowly, we notice their love-hate emotions fading away. It’s just their bread-butter that they are concerned for, maybe. Now, that concern gives birth to a never-ending hunger for bread-butter, position, power and politics.
The Implications And Repercussions Of Power-Hungry Leaders
Almost everyone starts their tenure with caution, causes, inspiring speeches and some groundwork. This gives a sense of belonging to the people who voted for their chosen leader. With the passage of time, actions become memories and the position becomes a need.
Sadly, some people select their leaders based on caste, community, gender and other bias. Leaders have bought their votes many times – by money, liquor and false promises. The worst thing is that many people still fall into these traps.
As soon as the elections are over, they are disappointed by the fading motivation of their selected candidate. The kill or die spirit goes like – poof! At this stage, there are questions to be answered, and actions to be taken at various levels.
Leaders’ Voice Is Different From The Unheard People They Represent
The biggest tragedy is that many leaders don’t reflect the voices of the people they represent. Most of them drift far away from the real problems of the people who voted for them. When caste and community are the basis of voting, you are sure to be disappointed.
Many candidates made derogatory comments in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in India. Some others openly spoke to incite violence. Notably, these incidents increased during and around the elections. People expressed their disgust over the internet and in interviews with the media.
But do the voices of these leaders reflect the ideas of the people they represent? Do you even know how they feel?
Digpu Opinion – Don’t Mislead, If You Can’t Lead
If you can’t lead, don’t mislead either. Walk away with respect back into the ordinary ones. We humbly request such leaders to step down from the pedestal of democracy.
When you are trusted with representation, basic etiquette and grace are expected of you. You must at all times respect the people who trusted you.
Don’t just say what sells, don’t speak up for gains and publicity only. Say what the unheard voices behind you, want and expect you to say.
When you have the big stage, say something of significance, try to empower not weaken. Tend to the glory of the largest democracy before your motives and gains. Always remember that t is the people who vote leaders in and out, like a whiff of air.