Global Bihar Summit 2012: Valedictory Speech by Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi

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Painting a sorry picture of the political class in the country, former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi today said the present-day politics has degenerated to such an extent that it will be fair to add politics to the saying “every thing is fair in love and war”.

“The political discourse has degenerated today to verbal slanging matches where nothing is foul. Everything is fair, it is said in ‘love and war’. To that can now be added ‘politics’,” he said at the valedictory session of the three-day Global Summit on Changing Bihar. Contests between rivals could be toxic in electoral politics in which the contests between rivals can be toxic, but people on the same team were also seen fighting, he said.

Gandhi said that the spectacle of personal ambition has overtaken idealism and vendetta replaces values among political leaders so much so that the taste of power and pelf has erased finer instincts of democracy and justice. The politics of power has changed dynamics of Indian politics with the vices like vengeance and vendetta, while statesmen like Abraham Lincoln, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Nelson Mandela had used the politics of power to serve people.

The body of our political system is strong, but its soul is not in good health, he said adding now a leader is defined by the size of his flock and not his stature of work.

The former West Bengal Governor also regretted that leadership was suffering from credibility. Candidates with criminal background, sometimes with convictions behind them and charges staring them, did contest polls and get elected, he said.

1 Comment

  1. NP Narain on February 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm said:
    I have participated in Global Summit 2012 at Patna. In my view, summit raised hope to be developed from point of negative growth centers of world. I feel, growth Policy should be directed to sustainable status for present & future of Bihar . Who & what ever says about Bihar but I am confident Bihar has ample to prove richest intellectual property of past as well as in future & with present richest physical resource .Only needs right direction of Policy formation with honest execution & transparent action. Ten years is enough time to prove physically best & exemplary to all irrespective of any constrains.. Engine of growth lies in no news of any type of injustice,breaking of law & order and be in news of sustainable Policy by GOVERNMENT with people`s mandate . . I am available till 25th Feb at Patna.

    GOD bless to Bihar

    NP Narain

    Green Agri-business Consultant



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