Unifying Leaders – Need of the Hour

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Like clockwork war clouds return to our horizon.The plaintive cry of common citizens gets drowned by the over-powering greed of few vested interests. It is time our leaders stood by their promises during elections to uplift the majority. Their war should be waged against poverty.

Why Create Disharmony?

The few moments of relief always prove illusory. They are short-term for individuals and countries. The itches to settle old scores refuse to leave us but they create dissensions or test others' resolve. Some are branded as up to no good, perennial bad-fellows, not allowed to join the mainstream. Peoples’ lives are readily sacrificed like they are just digits, yet they open new wounds in the process. Old enemies become friends when imaginary enemies are under the scanner. When one is suspected and branded an enemy they become one! Do we need endless enmity to survive? Do we not have mechanisms to uphold peace, resolve issues?

Making a Farce of Democracy

We see our leaders cosying up to erstwhile enemies. Why not they realize they have a higher role to play than playing bullies and to the galleries? Do they feel they will look feeble promoting peace? Who gives them the idea for endless posturing against imaginary enemies? The common citizens anywhere have had enough of war and want to be left alone. It could well mean that warmongers are the only ones to benefit by selling their wares. Are they in the majority? Obviously not, so in the end it means our leaders end-up representing powerful minorities! Democracy and freedom end-up as sham and lose out to outright greed.

Who are the enemies of the common citizens anywhere? They are those who divide them needlessly by manipulating and leaving them to their misery and premature deaths by pitting one against another. Every war will come to an end and leaders sign peace treaties and make up. Or leave the places mostly worse than it was before miring the poor in their misery. A tyrant is soon replaced by many other scheming ones with the backing of new masters! They spread out to wreak revenge and to cement their hold. People do not count and are dispensable!

Set-right Inequities

It is time the common citizens rose in revolt and made their stand fair and square to their leaders. We have fought all the wars and we have no enmity with another who is just like us trying to make ends meet. Of course, there are those out to take advantage of others’ kindness but we have laws to deal with them. The vast majority of peace loving is eager to abide by the law. But the irony is they not only bear the full brunt of ever increasing laws and regulations but also foot the bill! The rich have their way anywhere. The poor will spend more to transact thousand dollars while the rich will get it free for millions! The latter are prized by the financial institutions while for the rest - it is take it or leave it. This is a classic case of killing the goose that lays the golden egg! Yet the rich need the poor more than the other way anytime!

Educating Our Leaders

Can we get the message across to our leaders as they seem to be blinded about our needs?

Fight for Peace: There is nothing to be proved by endless posturing. The world cannot afford wars. They only lead to more divisions. Support institutions like the UN and do not make them toothless. People everywhere are aware of truth and the intentions behind the posturing. Another war to satisfy the huge ego of some leaders will affect the most innocent who just want to be left in peace. The country borders are in our minds only – even the planet we live in for now!

Rid Weapons of Mass destruction: Start with the big powers. They are few anyway who have stockpiled them to destroy our nurturing planet that belongs to not only us! We are at the apex of creation duty-bound to be co-creators not wantonly destroy to show our evil capabilities. Big powers - please lead by example, clear your backyard before pointing fingers at others.

Change Mind-set: Have the right priorities. When in doubt recall what you promised to get elected! No one wanted you to start wars but hoped you would fight for peace and that is always more rewarding except for the few evil. The latter has to be kept under leash and exposed. That is real progress and leadership.

Understand and empathize with the majority: Our leaders have to keep their ears close to the ground. The majority can withstand the vicissitudes of life. They want only the rest to do their part and the leaders to honor their commitments, play fair. The leaders need not compete with others of their ilk but share their wisdom to benefit all and work together to ensure real progress.

Poverty is the real Enemy: Our leaders have to keep their eyes on the ball and not lose track. Their main enemy is poverty. They are duty bound to tackle it with all their might. They will have to confront the greedy along the way and have to put them in their places.

United we stand, divided we fall

This dictum will always be relevant and should never be forgotten by our elected leaders. Sadly, they get carried away to become actors to flex their muscles. When they cross the line, the most vulnerable suffer! Is it what democracy and freedom are about? No one leader can solve all the problems but at least they should not exacerbate them. One recent leader to show the way was Mandela who accepted the fault of a system and was not out for revenge thus avoiding blood on the streets. Forget the past but keep the lessons learned so as not to repeat the mistakes. We need leaders with basic wisdom that we all possess; so why not them and lose their way? There is a plaintive cry for peace and common sense that our leaders should hear and act upon not a day soon.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Siva-ji, this is a truly magnificent article which needs to be spread far and wide. I wish every leader and politician in the world could read it. Thank you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you dear Steve for your enduring support that makes me strive harder to put forth my views. Such words make my day and worth the while - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks again Steve for your moderation and awarding star merit - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Apr 2014 (#)

such a powerful piece this Siva ..your words of wisdom your heart filled with compassion..if only others were like you..am sharing on twitter and linked in and FB

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Carolina - I am indeed thankful for your support as always.

What triggered this article was the news items on President Obama cosying up to Japan against China. I read about the last survivors and witnesses of the horrific atomic bombs describing one young mother running for life not realizing she was carrying the headless body of her infant! And also the high moral ground on Ukraine against Russia. I feel the US should reflect on their unilateral adventures before accusing others starting with supporting Saddam and later bringing him down with unproved accusations about non existing WMD - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Apr 2014 (#)

My grandfather tried not to talk about his experiences in Vietnam, but I know he felt those effects everyday. War (or conflict that amounts to the same thing without the official word) costs so much -- lives, finances, mental stability. Bombs are even worse -- heartless things.
I'm glad you were able to articulate this. I hope our world leaders truly can give peace a chance.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for your share Phyl. My father was a doctor in World War ll. He never told us about his experiences as they would have been too painful even to recall - the killing and maiming. I recall a World War l veteran reminiscing about his time and the loss of lives - what use when a peace treaty is signed later. The elderly Japanese survivors recalled the atomic bombs - a blinding light in the horizon followed by ear shattering sound - enough said! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Apr 2014 (#)

A very topical post Siva. Unfortunately history shows that man is very short sighted

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan. I am sad that diplomacy is still based on primordial instincts, flexing of muscles. Look at Ukraine and Spartly islands disputes. It should be through proper channels like the UN. Now it is more towards humiliating your opponents - not only hurting the other but also rubbing it in to leave a deep hurt with thirst for revenge in perpetuity. We need to grow up with a bigger heart, empathy and compassion. Gandhi's words drive home the point - an eye for eye, tit for tat makes the whole world go blind! siva

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2014 (#)

A Passionate and inspiring piece as always Siva, you are a man with such commonsense.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Siva, you are right that war should be waged against poverty it is a basic failing of our society that allows super rich to live alongside the world's poorest people. The trouble is the leaders of the capitalist class are running around like headless chickens, they are unable to cope with a mess that their class is responsible for creating.

You are also right that everyday people have had enough of war, particularly this phoney war on terror that exists today, in place of war we need to put people back to work with real jobs.

I agree with you about fighting for peace and riding the world of weapons of mass destruction, trouble is this is one of the places where the capitalist class has made its greatest profit over the last 50 years.

I will disagree with your appeal to world leaders, they are tied to an old bankrupt regime, for the change you are talking of needs unified action by the peoples of this world.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Grant for your detailed take on my post. I am in the finance field and can testify the present system works the reverse of what Robin Hood did. The poor are getting pulverized and treated less than equal. The Gini coefficient is widening, meaning, the rich are getting richer at the cost of the poor! It is no virtue to hit the rich lists from poor countries - their wealth represents the blood and sweat of the innocent poor!

The leaders are losing themselves in wrong priorities. They want to swing from one crisis to another or egg others for a showdown! In a modern world country borders really do not matter especially to the poor who do not own anything! They worry about their families and want to be left alone. Why make them a pawn in the game of huge egos- the country egos reflect that of leaders only. The news media is slanted and do not reflect the other side for a proper perspective like in the case of Ukraine crisis. Why should big powers act unilaterally? The premise for Iraq war, the WMD, proved hollow. Hans Blix, the UN inspector, maintained right through that there were none.

Leaders are elected by the people but prove beholden to vested interests who hold them under their thumb. Time to unplug all armament factories everywhere.

Yes, with the reach of internet people all over should set the system right and call the shots. Their enemy is greed - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Carol for your generous support and motivation - siva

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author avatar SS Kumar
26th Apr 2014 (#)

nice post!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Kumar for your comment - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Another interesting page.Thought provoking.Well written,thanks for the share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Randhir, your support is always welcome - siva

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author avatar Mariah
26th Apr 2014 (#)

My respects to you once again Siva..the world should hear your words.
I was watching the movie 'Independence Day' last night.. where the president of the United States said..'our petty differences are a thing of the past'. .every country in the world united as one force against the alien invasion.. your many writings came into the forefront of my mind.. having quite a personal impact because it revealed just how much you have taught me Siva, and I thank you for being that powerful inspiration.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Mariah for your kind words, I am indeed grateful. It is sad that we need a common enemy to remain united. The moment we have free time we find ourselves at each other's throats! Our planet is refreshed by nature everyday and we are provided feast after feast but we will have none of it and spurn them all.

Our happiness should depend on our positive actions and not by making others unhappy. We are co-creators on a journey that will not end here for due justice to be served in its entirety. And that our Creator will make sure along with the yearnings of our heart. All the issues that are kept alive by a mercenary media will be of no consequence even before we bid goodbye. Come to think of it, all our warmongering are over issues that are of no consequence to the majority. It is time we went by our conscience and I may be excused if I repeat again - do unto others as you would have them do unto you - when in doubt - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
26th Apr 2014 (#)

I agree with all above. Thank you for another excellent post,Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you C D Moore for your kind words of support as always - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Another great post my friend You are right poverty is the enemy. I feel certain that the common people will rise up - the only question is when.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Kingwell. There are real issues everywhere and our leaders are duty-bound to tackle them; the main one is poverty and also inequality. But they look for smokescreens to divert the attention away from them. The world is still - one rule for us and another for others and that results in endless conflicts and bad karma! siva

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author avatar wonder
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Rhetoric and oratory are the only skills they need to work at.The corrupt control all govt. offices and silent on real issues that are censored. Your post is our voice which you express and may it spread around to bring just a bit of realisation.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Wonder. It is the dream of people everywhere to attain the pinnacle of political systems - democracy - where they get their voice heard and decide their leaders. But the reality kicks in soon after every election when the new leaders prove equally bad as the previous ones or even worse! They are just beholden for their existence to a select few.

There are kingmakers waiting to pounce in India just after the elections to extract their pound of flesh. The writ of majority has to run the entire course rather than get extinguished even before the voting ink disappears on their fingers! siva

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author avatar vellur
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Great write, when leaders get elected they get carried away and forget their duties. Common sense is sorely lacking nowadays.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Vellur. It is time they are held accountable by people who vote for them based on their promises. They should deliver on them than rewarding few and finding excuses. Democracy and freedom without rule of law is plain anarchy - siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Good evening, Siva; this is another insightful and expressive piece. I would agree with the other comments and appreciate that you continue to write about the corruption and skewed perspectives of many governments. It is no longer feels like it is a government of, by or for the people, but for the select few. Again, thank you for writing these. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Marilyn for your input. Democracy survives only because the majority is forgiving despite knowing they are short-changed all the time. Politicking never stops - if new leaders are blocked to carry out their agenda based on which elections are decided then there is no point in going through the expensive rigmarole every few years - siva

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author avatar snerfu
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Siva sir, it is true democracy deserves much more but where do we go to find those true elements? After all we are all limited by our own nature and commitments to make money and satisfy our egos. I like the way you bring out the argumentative nature in me, perhaps that is also a sign of a true leader. Good article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Snerfu for your encouragement. When I was growing up in India I was enthralled by speeches denouncing the greed of the super rich. They were portrayed as not to be trusted as they were blinded by greed. I thought I will experience heaven when the dictum - from each according to ability and to each as per needs - were touted.

As you rightly say, human nature comes in between, like selfishness, to put paid to all lofty principles. The selfish are everywhere to torpedo the good intentions and run away with the spoils.

The way forward could be for the majority to get more involved through modern communication system to decide on vital issues dogging them than allow the leaders to play one against another. There is no better system in place than democracy but the present functioning of it is way too loaded against the majority poor. It cannot be a superficial empowerment through voting and then getting played out endlessly - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
30th Apr 2014 (#)

"Poverty is the real enemy." So true, Siva. As Steve said, I wish every politician could read your thought-provoking, well-written article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Connie. There can never be enmity between poor people from different regions of the world. Their priority is only to be left alone to eke out a living. But they prove to be the sacrificial lambs when our leaders flex their muscles and lead us down a precipice - siva .

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th May 2014 (#)

They do read such things, but laugh at these, thinking that they are invincibles and have so much power that they can't be affected!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th May 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha. All will face reality sooner or later There will be a consequences for our actions - true justice dispensed in the end - whatever be our beliefs. Every leader should ponder. America should stop acting unilaterally - they cannot take Russia imitating them. Tomorrow it will be China as they already warned their neighbors - you will hear the boom of guns approaching! siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Apr 2014 (#)

Very well said...thank you Siva....

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Delicia - appreciate your visit and encouragement - siva

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author avatar Retired
2nd May 2014 (#)

I could not agree more. People all over the world should think of better ways to unite and not marching on the streets and spread chaos.

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd May 2014 (#)

I strongly concur with every point you have made. Once a senior Indian political leader had said (even if he himself may or may not have wanted to change the situation) that India is a country with islands of richness among seas of poverty. And perhaps that is a bitter fact in the whole world. Unless the rich few won't give up the mindset to hold on to too much lavishness and money, and governments and officialdom do not listen to masses, this will continue.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd May 2014 (#)

Thanks for your input Ptrikha. Whoever comes to power the super rich have balanced their bets to gain. Many smaller political parties are ready to be bought at the right price to lend their support for forming a government.

Even now the rich are able to open secret bank accounts to hide their ill -gotten wealth while the poor have to justify their thousand dollar account. Sadly, the multinational banks are beholden only to America and do not care for poor countries. That only goes to encourage corruption.

Being in the finance field I can testify that the rich make their money from the kindhearted and trusting poor. The poor are not fools but the rich should realize that they were trusted more than they deserved and soon the law of karma will kick in! siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd May 2014 (#)

Thanks Angelln. Poor people have nothing to gain by waging wars against one another. Wars are at the behest of those who gain from them and they are the weapons producers who sell to all and sundry due to their greed and lack of conscience - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
6th May 2014 (#)

A great post my friend and I agree. Peaceful protests are the answer but they must be widespread and large. That is the only way those in control will listen. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell. The agenda based on which we elect our leaders have no bearing later when they assume power - siva

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author avatar Subra
7th May 2014 (#)

Precisely what you have said and analysed Siva is what's happening in India right now with the ongoing elections. All the self-proclaimed leaders shout on top of their voices to say they are going to abolish poverty, abolish corruption, abolish bad governance, clean up the Ganga etc etc etc simply for vote catching. You and I know it only too well! The moment they assume power they forget all their promises because they don't have enough time to count all the corrupt money they make at the expense of the poor citizens! As the saying goes in India, "If you want to be a politician you must be corrupt, if you want to be corrupt you must be a politician". Need I say more. Well done, Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th May 2014 (#)

Thanks dear Subra. Politics is the best paying profession and one is in the limelight not only while in power but also while without biding for the next chance! The only way is to use technology and media to stand up to injustice through transparency. Social media is playing a part now though they highlight the divisions within society and indulge in baseless allegations. The stranglehold of few mouthing the interests of few should be broken. Pitting one against another is easy as humans are more emotional than rational as a group. They look for an enemy all the time and politicians are able to pull them out of a hat anytime!

Even big powers are in the blame game. US has acted unilaterally but they cannot stand Russia and China aping them! It is time to look dispassionately at common issues facing us without borders - like inequality, climate change, sustainable progress and so forth - siva

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author avatar n.c.radomes
15th May 2014 (#)

Even the title alone aptly describes the current poitical conflict in Thailand. Leaders should not be divided but work united for a common cause. This is also true in other countries.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th May 2014 (#)

Thanks Radomes for your input. It is sad that even in democracy the trusting 99% are taken for a ride. They are treated like digits to get to power and then forgotten. The high and mighty move in to dictate terms soon after whoever is in power. This cycle should be broken. They create political gridlock and put paid to pluralism that is the underpinning factor in democracy. What is the point in getting elected based on an agenda that cannot be pursued due to the machinations of few? It is more like mobocracy in Thailand. Maybe, it is because they do not have an outside enemy to worry about - idle minds at work! siva

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author avatar Chip Greene
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Keep up the great work!
Human life does seem to have become a cheap commodity.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Chip - everything is loaded against the 99%. I wonder where will the 1% be without the rest. They are now considered just digits and that is not democracy or freedom. Nature does not differentiate, but have created a system to destroy unity - siva

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