Young Members of Parliament (MPs) on terrorism and the quality of Indian leadership
Arunachal West, Arunachal Pradesh
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
I come from Arunachal Pradesh, there is no cynicism here about leadership. I am completely in touch with my people. Anger at leaders is completely justified. Punish those who do not perform. But there needs to be a distinction. There are people who have committed their entire lives to society; these people have to be appreciated. This distinction has to be made.
I do not believe that a political leader has his own character, a true leader reflects the character of his constituents. Responsibility of national leadership exists in totality, not only among the sitting MPs. If people do not like their leaders, let them vote. Why don't these people vote? This is a democracy, we must preserve it. Everyone has a duty to vote and take their nation seriously. There are many people who do not even know who their leaders are, do not know what the capital of Arunachal Pradesh is, these people do not know enough about the country. If people do not have awareness, and are not interested in finding out about issues, then things will not improve. Advanced democracies – such as Sweden or UK or USA – have been built by the participation of their citizens. Over here, there is no participation.
The media has been shortsighted in its politician bashing, they have run away from their responsibility to be a constructive force in the nation.
National security is a very important issue. I firmly believe that such vital issues need consensus. There are security issues in Arunachal Pradesh also, but many people do not even know about it. We need a consensus. If there is no consensus, then let the people judge by removing or keeping their leaders. Democracy permits dissent and people's participation. The people must decide which party is correct and who will bring consensus.