A Generational Challenge

Our PM, Mr. Manmohan Singh, recently turned eighty. Given his active role in the country over the last two decades, there is little doubt that he bears a lot of responsibility for India’s current state. His recent (rare) address to the nation, though very much in character, was a rather poorly delivered speech. I don’t mean to imply that we need fiery rhetoric, but how about some passion and conviction in the speech? Mr. Manmohan Singh comes across as a “boring” bureaucrat, when in reality what India badly needs today is truly inspirational leadership.

In a country where 65% of the population is below the age of 35, it’s quite ironic that the man in charge of steering our unwieldy country is more than twice the age of most people in the country. Meanwhile, the main opposition party is led by Mr. Advani who is well into his 80s, and still harboring prime ministerial ambitions. While it may be unfair to discriminate on the basis of age, in the case of Mr. Manmohan Singh, his job performance is a serious concern. In the case of Mr. Advani, he has been unable to rally the rest of his party behind him, and is struggling in a battle for supremacy with his fellow aspirants.

Given this state of our two major parties, one can’t help but wonder why in a country with so many young people, no capable youngsters devoid of family connections rise to the top of our political arena.

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