Akshay Goenka, PGP 2013-15, IIM Bangalore
'We need, not an inspiring orator, but an able administrator'
From 8% growth in 2010/11 to barely 5% in 2014, with inflation in sticky double digits, the rupee tumbling past 60 to the US dollar and foreign investment falling, India hasn't shown much capacity to sustain growth. We have ranked 134 for the last 30 years on the human development index and we are the fourth most-unsafe country in the world for women. Our health care lacks quality and outreach; literacy is low and malnutrition rampant.
In such a situation, we do not need an inspiring orator but an able administrator. History has presented us idealists and visionaries at the helm of affairs who showed us dreams but never helped us realise them. History also gave us administrators who took quick and strong decisions and saved us from the brink of collapse, as in 1991. Right now, we need someone who looks beyond state chauvinism and lobbying, and can deliver despite a coalition government.
We need a metric to assess our progress, and a leader who can leverage local successes on a national scale. We need someone who doesn't just give us spiel on empowerment and progress, but one who has actually demonstrated his ability to provide these. Our people have immense potential, and it would be a shame if our votes were wasted on a prime minister who cannot help us realise it. Let's not vote for the ideology we align with, but for leaders who display the performance we require and deserve.