यह एक ऐसा स्थान हैं, जहाँ पर हम राजनीति और नेताओं पर एक खास नज़रिये से बातचीत करते हैं, जो हमारी भिन्न स्तरों के नेताओं के साथ आमने सामने हुई चर्चाओं और उनके साथ किए गए शैक्षणिक और ज्ञानवर्धक कार्यक्रमों के अनुभवों पर आधरित होगा । हम आशा करते हैं, कि यह ब्लॉग हमारे प्रजातंत्र के अनछुए और प्रेरणादायक पहलुओ पर प्रकाश डालेगा और संभवत हम सभी को हमारी डेमोक्रेसी को जीवंत रखने के लिए व्यक्तिगत स्तर पर प्रयास करने के लिए रास्ता दिखायेगा ।

Friday, 5 December 2008

Young Members of Parliament (MPs) on terrorism and the quality of Indian leadership

Kiren Rijiju
Arunachal West, Arunachal Pradesh
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

These (national security) are vital questions for the nation.

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.

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