263. Ten candidates better than Narendra Modi for PM
Anyone who has dreamt of or has been talked of being India’s Prime Minister has never seen the light of that day. All Prime Ministers in the last two decades have been those who were never tipped to be in that office. Take the case of Narasimha Rao, Manmohan Singh or even Atal Vajpayye (Advani was the man slated to be in that position but in 1995 he realised that would be impossible and a moderate face like Vajpayee would be a sure shot at succcess and the rest is history.
Even stop-gap prime ministers like Inder Gujral and Deve Gowda had never imagined being in the august office. There has been much talk by a small group who have mastered the art of amplification in projecting the Prime Minister. In a complex and pluralistic country like India that is a far cry.
Those names underlined are the Top 5. But this is a list of 10 names who could be PM in 2014 assuming Manmohan Singh is not up for a 3rd team should his party and coalition win a third time.
BJP – these two leaders are acceptable names to their coalition, have a decent national experience. Have an idea of the constitution and of economics and will be inclusive in their approach to governance.
Congress – the three male leaders have a global outlook given their American education and strong administrative capabilities, the woman leader has been elected for three back to back terms in a city-state that is not easy to govern. The track record of the four makes them worthy of higher office.
Others – the most deserving leader for his turn around of Bihar. An engineer by qualification. Has experience dealing with a coalition in his state and national experience in crucial portfolios.
Out of the Box – wishful thinking just because they managed/manage complex conglomerates and are worthy of this high office.
Remember corruption is an evil as much as communalism and violence are. But corruption stems from human nature of being greedy and can be controlled. Communal violence comes from the minds of weak men who think killing in God’s name is fine to retain power by polarising communities.