Accidental PM and Escapist PM | Comparison

There is a book titled, The Accidental Prime Minister, by Sanjaya Baru.

From Wikipedia page

Sanjaya Baru is a political commentator and policy analyst, currently serving as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Prior to this, he was Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Also served as associate editor at The Economic Times and The Times of India, and then chief editor at Business Standard.

Baru was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media advisor and chief spokesperson from May 2004 until August 2008. I have not read the book, and know almost nothing about Mr. Baru’s views about former PM. But from book reviews published after the book release, I assume that the book speaks critically of former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

escapist pm, accidental pm, sanjaya baru, management lessonWhy I’m giving a reference of the book today, has to do with one of the speeches made by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Uttarakhand while campaigning for Uttarakhand Assembly polls in 2017.

In the rally, Mr. Modi said — Hum to fakir hain bhaiyon!… jab chaheinge jhola uthakar chale jayeinge.

[English equivalent: I(We) am a Fakir friends… whenever heart so desires, I(We) will pick up bag and leave… .]

[English equivalent of Fakir: A religious ascetic who lives solely on offerings]

Is Sanjaya Baru comparing Dr. Manmohan Singh as an accidental Prime Minister, any different from PM Shri Narendra Modi comparing self as a fakir?

I think there are some differences here.

While calling someone as an accidental Prime Minister, raises questions about his suitability for the PM job or position; such a tag doesn’t necessarily mean the incumbent himself or herself has accepted the fact that he/she is incapable or unworthy of the job role. Even an accidental Prime Minister or a ‘recruitment gone wrong situation (in pure Corporate job context)’ has at least some hope. After all, the person in question has not developed the escapist thought yet. In simple, he/she has not accepted self as incapable yet. He/She may try even harder or may emerge worthy in coming days, weeks or months.

Can this be called for a person who publicly calls self a Fakir?

Sadly, it can’t. It will simply not work, if the moment you question that person, he/she starts saying that it will take him/her no time to head towards the forest, if his/her heart so desires. Particularly when the job role or position the person holds is so important and sensitive that it needs the person to have no self-doubts.

This comparison is not easy to make. It sinks the heart. But, a Prime Minister’s role is too crucial for country like India. The decisions made today, not only have results today, but serious recursions in coming years.

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