Thursday, April 27, 2006


I was shocked when I heard the news that young, energetic, dynamic and charismatic BJP leader Pramod Mahajan was shot by his own brother. He is now admitted in Hinduja hospital in Mumbai and is in a very critical condition.

As Mahajan is battling for his life my thoughts went back to the promising young Indian politicians who died/killed in recent times.
Rajesh Pilot, Madhavrao Scindia, Rangaragan Kumaramangalam, Rajiv Gandhi were a few who could have done a lot for the country had not their death came at a wrong time.

The great thing about these leaders was that they had a great rapport with the people. They were all truly “mass leaders” with great ideas for India’s development. People cutting across party lines respected and loved them. Rajiv Gandhi could win from any constituency from India. Madhavrao Scindia once resigned from Congress and still got elected to Lok Sabha. Kumaramangalam won elections in Congress ticket as well as BJP ticket. Rajesh Pilot in his short political career was elected 6 times to Lok Sabha.

More important these leaders were great visionaries. They had clear plans to take India to the present century. Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister of India had invested a lot in Science and Technology, as he understood that India need to advance in that area to compete with the world. It was ironical that even though he was an ambassador of world peace he had to meet his end in such a brutal way.

Madhavrao Scindia left his mark as an efficient Railway Minister, Civil Aviation Minister and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief. Rajesh Pilot played a great role in improving the Kashmir situation and problems in North East when he was the Union Minister for Internal Security. It was Kumaramangalam who initiated steps to comprehensively overhaul power sector.

Think of such scenario. If all these four were alive and in power; Rajiv Gandhi-Prime Minister, Rajesh Pilot-Home Minister, Madhavrao Scindia-Defense Minister, Kumaramangalam – Power Minister - How good it would have been for our country.

Coming back to Pramod Mahajan- he has the ability to do lot for India. Apart from Vajpayee and Advani (both at the twilight of their political career) he is the most charismatic leader in BJP. He can definitely make a great Prime Minister.

If we go to any funeral in Kerala where some young person has died, you will definitely hear “Nallavare dyvam nerathe vilikkum”(God will call good people early). Hope this doesn’t happen with Mahajan.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should have added the contributions of Pramod Mahajan as Telecom minister for an "extra punch".. Your blog in its current form just "declares" that he is capable without highlighting "why" you think so.. Or did I miss this somewhere in the blog??

Anon1.. :)

April 27, 2006 3:35 AM  
Blogger Ram said...

Nice template, and good post.

It is indeed sad that a lot of potential good has met with such untimely ends. Hope Mahajan gets better, and proves his worth.


April 27, 2006 4:41 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

anon1- Yes, it was my mistake not mentioning what he has achieved so far. I should have included that. Thanks for pointing this out.

Ram- Thanks a lot. Yes let us all pray that Mahajan gets well soon.

April 27, 2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger verbaltorture said...

These are the times I feel happy about being an only child :)

April 27, 2006 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Vivek Nair said...

Reminds me of the saying God can make you a King one day and a pauper the next day. Pramod Mahajan is undoubtedly one of the potential Prime Ministerial candidates for the BJP in the future, had everything going so well for him in Maharashtra too and lo, all on a sudden the tables are turned. But being in power always brings its own enemies for a politician and who knows if this wasnt an act motivated by something beyond just bro-bro animosity!! Many of the leaders including Rajiv Gandhi had reduced security at the time they started their final journey and interestingly the security cover was in the hands of the so-called political enemies at that time. Maybe this should be a wake up call for the security of these VVIPs being handled without political inteference.

April 27, 2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

verbaltorture- So u r so sure that if u had a sibling he/she is going to shoot u?
vivek-Yes u r correct. Life is always full of ups and downs. Coming to security issue, there are lot of politicians who just spend a lot of money on security eventhough they dont have any threat to their life. Yes I agree with u that security cover has to be given to those politicians without any political inteference

April 28, 2006 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Brijesh.. It has happened again... We lost another vibrant leader!!! Very Sad!!!! :(

May 03, 2006 7:41 PM  
Blogger soma jot majumdar said...

ditto. almost the same thots have struck me: all young, all dynamic and all wiped out from the indian political map. a bigger plan??????? pls do come n have a look.

May 04, 2006 4:15 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

I am not sure if there is a bigger plan in this. This is really sad. All good politicians with lot of potential getting killed.

May 05, 2006 8:13 AM  

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