Tejashwi was born with a silver spoon in his hand and mouth 32 years ago. Then he was a Destiny’s Child. Now, the Lalu Lad has become a hot-button social Democrat in 2020. Amidst despair and depression of Covid-19 year, Tejashwi Yadav’s politics of dignity, development and democracy is the hope of Bihar and rest of the country as he steps into the spotlight. Happy birthday, young Turk.
John Quincy Adams said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. The rise and metamorphosis of Tejashwi Yadav as a mass leader was smooth and natural. You love him or hate him, but you have to admire Tejaswi’s chutzpah.
The youth icon is already infusing the much needed youth energy in Rashtriya Janta Dal. His connect with rural and urban youth, especially from the marginalized and socially deprived sections of the society is commendable.
His exhortations to his followers to be like Lord Krishna while serving his friend Sudama, to reach out and serve the person at the lowest strata of society as Lord Krishna is full of far reaching consequences and will yield political and social dividends. His speeches are full of calls to promote brotherhood among people hailing from different castes and religions and wants to defeat any separatist forces within the society.
Had academic records been the only consideration of leadership, PM I .K Gujral would have been more popular and bigger mass leader than school drop out PM Narendra Damodardas Modi.
It is the connectivity with the masses, struggle for rights and issues of the masses which fortifies and defines leadership. Tejaswi has innate qualities and indomitable spirit.
His conviction towards social justice, development, peace and harmony among different religious communities and resolve to serve the masses and struggle for their rights makes him a promising master blaster of Indian Politics.
Batting on a tough, treacherous and wicked political wicket, facing volley of political Yorkers from the Bhartiya Janta Party, bouncers from Central Government controlled agencies, political goggly by alliance partner Nitish Kumar, Tejaswi seems to be firmly settled on the political pitch and bound to play long and memorable innings.
Corruption charges planted to stump him did bring some happy moments for the cheerleaders and adversaries sittings in the stands, but the third Empire, the Masses, roared loud and clear at the RJD’s Patna Rally on 27th August.
And the decision of the Third Empire was “NOT OUT”.
In the political fields of India, leaders rise and fall like winter wheat. Those leaders who rule over hearts and not heads of the masses can never be reduced to oblivion. Tejaswi is one such leader.
As a Deputy Chief Minister he was already winning hearts for his sincere and dedicated work towards the development of Bihar. Had the mahagatbandhan remained intact, he would have been recognized only as honest and sincere Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar toiling for the upliftment of the masses and would have remained long under the shadow of stalwart of Indian politics and his father Laloo Yadav. The sunset of the mahagatbandhan alliance of Laloo- Nitish had led to son rise in Bihar. The political David is ready and robust to take on the Goliaths of Indian politics.