Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has laid emphasis on collective efforts to evolve leadership which may guide people’s movements in different spheres. He said leaders could not be created artificially but could only be developed through prolonged struggle and toiling.
Delivering the first Ajit Bhattacharjea Memorial Lecture here on Friday, Mr. Gandhi said the statutory right to information was one of the major achievements made for the common people after Independence. He praised social activist Aruna Roy for her struggle paving the way for enactment of the RTI Act.
Mr. Gandhi -- grandson of Mahatma Gandhi -- made a distinction between leaders and politicians while pointing out that the leadership qualities involve upholding of principles and dedication to the people’s cause.
“Mahatma Gandhi, thrown out of a train in South Africa, rose to become a statesman and a revolutionary. This is how leaders are born,” he said, adding that the trustworthy leadership was often the outcome of collective efforts.
An important proponent of the RTI, Ajit Bhattacharjea was Editor of two national dailies and also Editor of Jayaprakash Narayan’s “ Everyman’s Weekly ”. He was the Director of the Press Institute of India from 1995 to 2004.
The lecture at the Pink City Press Club here was organised jointly by the School for Democracy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Jan Hit Trust, RTI Manch and the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information.