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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Can an activist be a capable administrator? 03 May, 2014
It is now an established fact that the general public of India is more than rushed to eradicate the evils of social as well as the political domain. The participation of the youth, along with members from every sphere of the society in the movement of social activist, Anna Hazare, reflected the passion and willingness to overcome the deficiencies of our democracy. Any society would be blessed to have activists such as Mahatma Gandhi, Medha Patkar, Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, and of course the mother of India, Mother Teresa.
Does the society gain with the presence of activists? What Mother Teresa delivered is even acknowledged at the global level, the impact of Anna Hazare’s movement transformed the viewpoints of our rigid political leaders, and Kiran Bedi lives as an ideal to millions. Surely, activists are the voice of those who are either too busy, too restless, or often scared to come forward and demand social justice. Though our political representatives are the ones we choose for the betterment of our society, they often dis-remember this task.

Let us move forward now and analyze what good can the activists bring to the society in case bestowed upon with the task of administration. In recent times, the political sphere of India has been too busy accommodating new entrants who have moved a step ahead and have hopped over from being an activist to a politician.

The extraordinary rise of the newly formed political group in the state elections of Delhi proved the zeal of the general public to bring in real reforms. Nothing much, however, was gained. The party has subsequently diverged from the route of bringing in reforms to a path that leads to conquering numbers without worrying about the principles sacrificed and dishonest measures adopted to accomplish the target. A question thus strikes, ‘Can an activist be a capable administrator?’

The pages of history can be turned to locate the answer to this tough question. Mahatma Gandhi was the key force behind the eviction of the East India Company from India. This great personality united the dispersed thoughts and people of the nation, and created a milieu wherein the British were left with no other option than to vacate.

Gandhi was a role model of communal unity and harmony. Until his last breath, he advocated to make India a nation wherein diverse castes and religions can be accommodated with peace. Post the day when India was declared to be a free state, the role of Gandhi transformed from an activist to a bureaucrat.

Be it the inclusion of the controversial Article 370 in the Constitution of India to which Dr. Ambedkar had never agreed to; monetary grants to Pakistan; the milieu and mass killing at the time of or after the partition; or the unproductive decision of appointing Nehru as the face of Congress, Gandhi’s visionary capabilities can surely be challenged.

Though he wanted India and Pakistan to be home to both Hindus and Muslims, he failed to foresee the eviction of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir and the merciless torture of Hindus in Pakistan.

A sneak peak at the contributions of those activists is necessary who, though influenced the nation with their works, stayed away from active politics. Two deserving names include Jai Prakash Narayan, the originator of J P Movement against the misdeeds of Bihar government and eventually the union government, and Ram Manohar Lohia, the leader whose ideology has been adopted by numerous political parties, however is rarely followed.

Vital to note, Kiran Bedi was lured to become a part of the AAP on the grounds that post the outcomes of the polls, she would be the one administrating the state of Delhi as CM, which, she never assented to.

Being concerned about the welfare of the society and being an administrator of a state are two distinctive equations. The alike incident was witnessed when the CM of Delhi resorted to walkout rather than resolving the basic concerns of water and power. To be a ruler, the courage to withstand tough circumstances and the vision to interpret future outcomes are the prime requisites.

Administration demands sacrifices and diplomacy too. Remember, more the constituents and multiple the communities, more complicated it is to uphold the unity at all times. Shall we then not conclude to the fact that activists who do not have anything to lose become vulnerable to sacrifice morals so as to get hold of power once they aspire to become politicians. The general public, too, realizes this fact, which in turn lessens the faith.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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