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Modern leaders should take up popular issues
Governor of Goa, S S Sidhu has said that today's leaders apart from being educated and technology savvy, should also manifest a positive espousal of the principles of justice, equality, equity and empowerment of the people
GOVERNOR OF Goa, Dr S S Sidhu has said that that today’s leaders apart from being educated and technology savvy, should also manifest a positive espousal of the principles of justice, equality, equity and empowerment of the people, especially the weaker sections.

It is imperative, he said. Our leadership realises that power is not a tool of domination and exclusion, but it is wielded as an instrument of liberation, inclusion and equality. This, he said, calls for fundamental shift from the old world notions of authoritarianism and concentration of power to the modern concepts of decentralisation, devolution and larger public interest. The governor, Dr Sidhu was speaking after inaugurating the conference, ’A New Paradigm of Leadership and Good Governance’, organised by the Universal Peace Foundation in association with Goa International Centre and Institute Menezes Braganza at Dona Paula today.

Chairperson of Universal Peace Foundation, Eduardo Faleiro, chief minister Digambar Kamat, Member of Parliament, Shripad Naik, GPCC(I) president Subhash Shirodkar, former chief ministers Dr Wilfred de Souza and Shashikala Kakodkar were also present.
The governor said that modern leaders must encourage broad-based consultations and consensus as an integral part of their organisational culture. He said transparency, accountability and probity in decision making and actions make the leadership sensitive, responsive and accountable to all the stake holders within the organisation and society.

Dr Sidhu told that the pursuit of transformation is not without its attendant challenges. He told that the major obstacle to any positive and progressive change comes from the traditionally dominant groups, who have been the beneficiaries of the prevailing socio-political order. “These groups have used the traditional system to make money and buy influence and they are not willing to relinquish their hold on the system, which has worked for them”, he added. He said, “These challenges cannot be viewed in binary terms; instead, need to be observed for what they are, in ’relative degrees’ and ’shades of grey’. This essentially calls for leaders of our time, to embody the desired combination of integrity and intellect in the discharge of their responsibilities towards carving out a more progressive and enlightened societal order”.

The need of the hour, the Governor felt was an enlightened, evolved and cosmopolitan outlook, which views all socio-political issues in an eclectic and wholesome manner.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that good leaders must have good qualities and must be a good human beings. He said, “A leader must take in confidence all the sections before arriving at any decision”. “A leader comes from the society and therefore, the nature of the society is bound to reflect the behavior of the leader and hence there is a need to produce good leaders who would help the common people to come up in life”, Kamat added.

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