Why It’s Crucial To Elect Educated Leaders To Take India Forward

Posted on September 1, 2016

“Ask me my three main priorities for government and I tell you education, education and education.” These are the words of Tony Blair, former British prime minister.

Education! Is it about noun pronoun projectile motion? No. It is not the fact that matters. It’s the applicability of ideas, the morals, the manners and the principles which constitute education.

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but wit of action.” These are the words of Herbert Spencer, an English philosopher. But in the case of Indian politicians, they don’t improve themselves as they don’t allow anyone else to do so. But they improve their pockets by burning holes in peoples’ pockets.

Have you ever noticed why the revolt of 1857 failed? Because our leaders at the time lacked mass unity and mass communication.

Then during the independence movement, we had leaders like Mahatma Gandhi –a barrister, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru who studied at Trinity College and Cambridge and other very highly educated leaders.

It was these people from the educated class, who had love for the nation; who have shown us a way; who have highlighted the path towards freedom and self reliance.

We all are here equal from every point of view due to the constitution written by these educated people. The constitution which proves us equal and maintains equality throughout!

India, a nation that started with nothing but the same India has developed into a technocrat. How? It is because of leaders like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Rajiv Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and many great names.

I feel pity on those who do not advocate for education to be an essential criterion for peoples’ representation in general elections. Only educated and literate representatives can analyse people’s problems, take those problems seriously and pave a way for the solution.

The executive, legislature and judiciary form the backbone of the Indian democracy and only literates can create the best coordination between them to make country run smoothly and peacefully.

“Empty vessels make most noise” – this clearly applies to politicians. Most leaders who are illiterate will just throw allegations at each other but the educated may lend ears to it.

Therefore, in the light of this issue raised and arguments put in support of it, I call upon the young minds of India to take an initiative to make education an essential criterion for contesting elections.