Narendra Modi addressing the Gujarati Diaspora today struck an interesting theme on why “Trust” had become a rare commodity in our public life.
Once the trust is broken people use different means. This break of trust due to actions of some people occupying high office: Modi ji—
(@narendramodi_in) May 13, 2013
Two must read columns on why restoration of “Trust” at multiple levels must become front and center to the 2014 campaign.
restoration of “Trust” within our public discourse will have to be the dominant political theme, the defining trait in the quest to discover the next Vajpayee
Trust is dangerously close to becoming extinct from our public space. We may regale ourselves over clever by half political games being played by our favored side little realizing that we are now collectively in a quicksand. It no longer matters who steps on whom, we are all set to sink.
Consensus needed for radical change cannot be negotiated in this environment of distrust. The tune “Why this Kolaveri di” may have united a nation by capturing the sentiment of the moment. We are yet to see leadership emerge that can overcome this murderous rage of distrust.
Come 2014, far more than the arithmetic of feel-good acceptability in coalition politics, the dire need will be for Leadership that can inspire Trust across the many political fault-lines that have fragmented this nation.
Every shortcut we take compromises a principle, corrodes an institution and sets a wrong precedent
Today there is an abject lack of faith in both the ability of the Constitution to be fair and in the integrity of our institutions to deliver. The lack of trust extends to political parties and their leadership. All discourse has become conspiratorial. All proposals and decisions have become suspect.
The stark reality is that today there is no credible leadership in Delhi that can honestly deliver this truth to the people while simultaneously inspiring trust and patience in a long drawn roadmap that can rid us of this malaise. That truth is also unpopular. We have exhausted the capacity of the Republic to apportion justice based on identity for perceived victimhood.
To get us out of this hole, calls for a rediscovery of trust. We need a leadership in Delhi that inspires trust and exudes trust. Leadership whose actions we can trust without always ascribing motives.
he Young American Republic had to wage its Dharma Yudh against just one front, slavery. The Young Indian Republic has to wage its Dharma Yudh on two fronts — against those are invested in the status quo and those who cannot resist the temptation for a shortcut.