Great Power = Great Responsibility

As we watch the reruns of Ramayana and Mahabharata, one of the things that stands out is the number of  curses that great warriors/leaders have to face. For instance Emperor Dasaratha is cursed by Shravan Kumar’s blind parents that he would die of “Putra Shok” or “Sorrow due to his son’s separation”. A little background … Read more

Book Review #25/50 – Devil in Pinstripes

This is the 3rd book of Ravi Subramanian’s that I have read in quick succession. Have downloaded other books now so there will be a gap before I review another book of his. This book is again a good one to use for a classroom discussion on office politics, incentive programs and overbearing personalities as … Read more

A Challenge for Wannabe leader Kamal

Whoever was the speech writer for John F Kennedy, did a good job of pulling this quote of his together – Every crisis comes with an opportunity and the Chennai floods of 2015 came with an opportunity and this year’s ongoing rains also present an opportunity. The Chennai floods of 2015 caused untold misery – … Read more

Amazing coincidence !

Today happens to be Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary and Sardar Patel’s birthday. I grew up learning Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthdays and then Indira Gandhi’s birthday. By the time Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister, I lost interest in the Nehru family and I had moved into college so thankfully never learnt his birthday. I am told today’s school children also learn about Rahul Gandhi …. I wonder where they found anything worthwhile about him besides the date he was born on.

The point is, the Congress party and the Nehru dynasty ensured that post independence generations only knew about the first family and no other leader !!

The idea of India that Rahul Gandhi spouted mindlessly was created by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He would have turned his face away in the spirit world when this phrase was used by the great grandson of his compatriot Nehru. It seems like an amazing coincidence by the Universe that two really tough people came and left on the same date. I wrote the following blog last year on Sardar Patel and I was lamenting the fact that we didn’t have tall leaders like him anymore. Thank God for our current PM, Narendra Modi – no one can call him a wimp and whatever his detractors might say, the man is genuinely committed to making India a glorious nation. His methods will be criticized, he will be criticized, and it’s good – we need differing thoughts, but atleast he is visible, he is making significant changes, he has brought enthusiasm and hope and he doesn’t have a dynasty that he can perpetuate.

Our PM has also brought some of our past leaders out of the dusty corners of history and suddenly we realise that it wasn’t Gandhiji and Nehru alone who managed to win us the freedom from the British, but countless other true leaders who also led crucial movements. I am hoping that these leaders also regain their prime places in the modern history of India, and their contributions acknowledged because they have really put their heart and soul into making our nation.

Remembering Indira Gandhi and Sardar Patel today. Jai Hind.

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Elections and Leadership Lessons – 6. “Yes” people are a no-no

The party that got drubbed in this election, yes, CONgress had nothing going for them, what with scams, lack of leadership, a twit as a potential PM candidate, and ofcourse an outstanding campaign by the BJP. But this spectacular defeat was not only because of the above reasons, but an underlying problem of many years … Read more

LGBT – Love, Goodness, Beauty Transformed

The Supreme Court has kept aside the HC order and has restored IPC 377, making homosexuality a criminal offence. The LGBT community is hugely disappointed and terribly upset. The politicians and (un)religious (un)learned speakers for major religions are now stuck with this problem to solve. They don’t have the balls or breasts to do it … Read more

Banyan Tree Or Oak Tree Leadership ?

I was discussing a particularly well known leader with a colleague at work and it suddenly dawned on me that this leader had not allowed a single person to grow under him. We discussed our respective favorite leaders and all of them had several stories of helping their team members grow. Interesting. So I thought … Read more