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'Why do we recycle our leaders?'

India needs dynamic leaders capable of innovation, feel a majority of surfers.
None | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2006 03:49 PM IST

The news of Pranab Mukherjee as the new external affairs minister has met with a very unenthusiastic response.

Surfers hardly seem interested in the choice of man. For one, Pranab Mukherjee is being viewed as a relic of the past - a man too old to bring in any innovation in the way external affairs ministry functions. It is a vote against such old politicians, experience notwithstanding.

Here's how it went.

Laxman from Melbourne, Australia felt India needed to stop recycling old leaders.

"External Affairs Minister (EAM) has to tour the world and imagine the smart idea of the prime minister to make use of another near 80-year-old? Is the country starved of people to recycle these old leaders? In other words EAM will be stagnant, idealess and will not be innovative."

Suren Dua of USA felt Dr Karan Singh would have made a better choice.

He said, "Dr Karan Singh shall be the best choice for the job of foreign minister of government of India."

Nanduri from Melbourne, Australia was of the opinion India needed to have a more dynamic foreign policy.

He added, "Pranab is very aged and cannot improvise any new or dynamic foreign policy. We need now more aggressive foreign policy to be taken seriously in the world by others. Time has come to request persons in political life to retire after 60-65 years as thereafter their health will be suspect. Is the membership in cabinet an assurance policy for better medical treatment? Why not make use of just retired IFS officers than these oldies?"

SM Bombwal from Gurgaon, India felt the job required a man who is quintessentially capable of diplomacy.

"Pranab Mukherjee appears to be strict man. I feel that he may not be able to serve the nation as well as required. We need a well-experienced person capable of diplomacy."

VBM of Baroda, India however felt given the options available, he was the best bet.

"In the present circumstances it appears to be best choice. There is no one else who can be next external affairs minister. PM has no other option except to get nod from Mrs Sonia Gandhi for 'dada' and allow him to step in the shoes of Natwar Singh. Pranab Mukherjee is the oldest and most experience minister in the cabinet and everybody should wish him good luck. Hope he will not disappoint like the earlier external affairs minister," he thought.

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