What it takes to be a leader? —1


Concern, Confidence and Courage?

We often hear the refrain ‘leadership crisis.’ When Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister and Vallabhbhai Patel was not there, we heard political pundits asking, ‘After Nehru who?’ A foreign journalist and author Welles Hangen had even written a book with that title in 1963, a year before Nehru died. Why this anxiety? Was India fearing a ‘leadership crisis’ after Nehru?

It almost seemed so when Nehru died. Mercifully, India found a leader to succeed Nehru, after a stop-gap Prime Minister Gulzarilal Nanda, in Lal Bahadur Shastri. Many political pundits and the Congress party members had their own fears about the choice of their Leader. Of course, soon their fears were belied… that is another story.

However, these events naturally raise the question: Who is a leader? What…

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