A LEAF OUT OF IMRAN KHAN’S BOOK
Only time will tell, if Imran Khan will be successful in his new role as the Prime Minister of Pakistan but his first decision after taking the oath should be an example for the Prime Minister and President of our own country. We should take inspiration from this decision. Not just Indian politicians but others of our neighbours should also follow his example. I have met and talked with the dictators, presidents and prime minister of our neighbors over the last 50 years and have witnessed leaders and politicians of small and poor countries living in luxury, like an emperor.
Imran Khan will be the first politician who will be living in a simple 3- bedroom flat rather than the Prime Minister’s lavish bungalow. It was previously occupied by the Military Secretary of Pakistan. Imran would have preferred to stay at his home in Bani Gala, but the security agencies have not deemed the place safe. The Prime Minister’s bungalow, which Imran greeted before bidding it goodbye, has 524 helpers and 80 cars but he seems to be satisfied with hiring just 2 helpers. Imran is interested in converting the bungalow into a Research Institute.
I have asked many Presidents and Prime Ministery of our country for this kind of simplicity but they all have adopted the western culture and have converted the houses for civil servants into lavish palaces.
7, Race course bungalow which was built 50 years ago now covers more area than that of Teen Murti Bhavan. The tradition started by Lal Bahadur Shashtri at 10, Janpath is long forgotten.
All the opposition leaders and politicians often attack the government on small matters and try to make a big deal of every little thing that happens but no one ever question them about their lifestyle because even the opposition is waiting for the time to reap its benefits when they finally come into power.
I hope that this brave and humane step isn’t just another publicity stunt just like other politicians these days and that his humility spreads around the nation like a wildfire. If high commanding officers of Pakistan and the wealthy start taking Imran’s example, then tackling corruption would become much easier.