When I was doing my MBA, I was told leaders emerge from situation and leadership is all about shaping situations, dominating them and turning hostile situations into opportunity. Leadership is also about character rather than person. Leaders do not do different things but do things differently.
Let me put things in context before you dub this article as a lesson on leadership. No my intention is not that. Just recapitulate what is happening in Congress Party in State with regard to Y S JAGAN’s ‘Odarpu Yatra’. I think never in the history of congress party’s 125 years that one individual who is new in politics, a first time MP has created so much flutter.
Yesterdays categorical statement by YS Jagan that despite the fact that congress president Sonia Gandhi is not positively inclined for his yatra, he would go ahead as per the word he gave in pavurallagutta goes to establish firmly that here is a man who is not that typical congress man who for every small thing would be duty bound to act as per high commands directions and bow before their authority more often than they would probably do it before their parents and God.
Whether one would agree or not it’s a clear indication of things to come. His style of leadership, his highly individualistic attitude, his assertion of his position among masses and more importantly his undaunted commitment towards people and the importance he attaches to credibility in public life.
When I scan through the personality of Y S Jagan (Of course i never meet him personally, but whatever i could analyse from his style of working for last one year) I am heavily inclined to compare him with our beloved late leader Dr. Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy.
Beloved Dr YSR also had a similar style of working but one exception is he never openly criticized or opposed to High Command. I think in this regard Jagan is a stark exception. But even YSR asserted his individuality and independence many times in his long illustrious career in the congress party. One thing which immediately comes to our mind is the YSR PRAJA PRASTHANAM PADAYATRA. Initially Congress High Command was not favourable, but eventually when he went to people and succeeded, the high command had no choice except to own the paadayatra and endorse it.
What Y S Jagan is now doing is similar to what YSR followed throughout life. Never neglect masses, never ditch people who are with you, never completely submit yourself before Delhi bosses and most importantly stick to your words. (Maata Tappani Ramudu Nuvvayya….. Madama tippani Deevudu neevayya).
Coming to the crux, the attitude of congress high command is nothing but self destructing and suicidal. Whether one agrees or not Y.S Jagan is the only crowd puller in congress party and the only leader who can galvanize party cadres and masses. If congress high command thinks that it can teach Jagan a lesson or can control Jagan its seriously mistaken.
One thing which baffles me or for that matter any sane, logical person is, by not allowing Jagan to go for Odarpu Yatra what is it trying to prove?. By making a strong man weak or by confining a strong man like Jagan to four walls can they make a weak chief minister Stong? I think congress high command holds this kind of false notion of leadership. This line of thinking will only further weaken the current state leadership in congress.
But all in all one thing is for sure, Y S Jagan today is more strong than what he was probably few months ago. Today people see him as not only a legal heir of YSR but also a reincarnation of YSR both in character and personality. Many intellectuals today support YS Jagan more than they did few months ago because they feel that the so called High Command is atrocious in violating the fundamental rights of an individual who is not only a Member of Parliament but also son of most successful Chief Minister. If rights of an MP are not protected in this country what will happen to the Fundamental Rights of a common man.
Whatever the case may be a new leader has emerged in State of Andhra Pradesh who not only is markedly different from all the earlier leaders who have emerged in congress but also who can give definite hope to people about a better future. So I say Like Father, Like Son…..