In the first years of Independence, India had a great leadership with the first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad and the first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru providing the country with stability it needed. They were the iconic men of their time and Dr Prasad still remains one. Pt. Nehru lost his credibility after he overstayed his welcome as the Prime Minister.
Today, the country even though economically and militarily strong, is in ruins. The politicians of today lack the basic moral values and ethics. Every now and then we hear of scams. They are now a common story for every Indian. One of the politicians even suggested that it is okay if you keep something for yourself for as long as you get the work done.
The country needs a new age of politicians who can work effectively without engaging in any unlawful activity. This is tough, though achievable. Moral character was what used to describe us as Indians but in this money oriented world, we, the Indians seem to have lost it somewhere.
Getting back to what Churchill said, India is still the place of dreams for millions and not just Indians but foreigners too. Other nations of the world know that continued dialogue and friendship would help them in some way or the other.
Take for example the case of India and United States. United States had shunned India until the 90’s. During that time, it supported Pakistan. It is still an ally of Pakistan. When India opened its economy in 90’s to foreign investors, the United States was one of the countries to start working on strategic partnership with India, given the huge potential of this country. They knew that since the fall of erstwhile USSR, India needed a new hardware supplier for its military. Also, the US companies needed to cut costs, so they outsourced jobs to India.
India was rising again en route to reclaim its lost title of The Golden Bird. The United Kingdom, on the other hand, had lost much of its significance post World War II. One of the major reasons which triggered their decline was the loss of India. Since the beginning of the Cold War, the UK became a second rate power in terms of both military and economy and since the end of it, it is now a third rate power. While there was a time when the UK could project its power worldwide, today it would be a miracle if even third world countries listen to it.
Today, the UK is in the hands of goons. The politicians are after power and fame. Remember the Justice Leveson inquiry. Well, it’s not that old. One of the lines of inquiry is to understand the relationship between the media and politicians. Andy Coulson was the Communications Director for the current UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. Questions were raised as to why he was appointed the Director of Communications for the government. He was an editor with now defunct News of the World tabloid when it hacked phones of victims and celebrities to provide the world with the best of tabloid journalism.
While there are issues with every country, India has had far too many. The politicians need to clean their act and get the country moving forward. No good would come to the country if they steal from the public.
As for Winston Churchill, Sir, you might have guided your country through a period of instability and war pretty effectively but remember, United Kingdom wouldn’t have been the same without India and Indians. England would have been just another colonial power that would only dream of good old days like Portugal. Your politicians are no better than ours.