I was just reading a piece on JFK the other day by Richard Reeves, former Chief Political correspondent with New York Times, & an expert on Kennedy. It was regarding that he had Addison’s disease due to which he had a degenerative back problem causing severe back ache. But, this was kept away from the Press & the public, since the Americans would never want a man with a chronic back ache to run their country!
I think, there’s logic to the thought, if the State head is not physically & mentally fit, how can I expect him/her to look after the best interests of the Nation?!! Let’s draw a similar parallel to India – Prime Minister Vajpayee, had a severe problem with his knee, even he had to go for a knee replacement surgery. The politicians use these to draw sympathy & eventually garner votes! We the common men & women actually give into it! Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had to go through a by-pass surgery very recently, still he is chipped in as the next Prime Ministerial candidate…Unbelievable!! Today, an eighty-one year old man aspires to be the Prime Minister of this country. Forget that he is the man instrumental behind Babari Masjid demolition, for which history will always remember him (& a key man to create communal tension in the last one & a half decade!), I question his physical capability. Octogenarians in our country suffer from mostly cardiac diseases, renal problems and other systemic diseases. Does he expect us to believe that he is fully fit?!
I have cited just two examples; there are umpteen leaders all over India, for whom the same stories apply. Whenever a leader dies, his wife or children is pitched in as the next leader. Do we even question if they are mentally or emotionally well to take that kind of responsibility?! Even if they are, are they qualified for the job?!! It’s not their fault entirely, the onus is on us...we commoners do not exercise our brains, and we just eat out of their hands…until we are aware of our own responsibilities, we do not deserve responsible leaders!