Arun Shourie praise Chinese leadership amid border tensions

JAIPUR: Former Union Minister Arun Shourie today said the leadership in China at all levels was “much more qualified”. To be noted, his statement came amid Sikkim border tensions.

“The main challenge before the nation was to elect leaders who have integrity, dedication and competence,” he added.

“If we compare the levels of our Tehsildar to the official of the similar cadre in China, state governments, both in India and China, or their politburo with our cabinet, they (the Chinese) are much more qualified,” he said addressing a seminar ‘Talk Journalism’.

“There was deterioration in the value system in politics today with ego, insecurity, remorselessness and opportunism” being manifest,” said Shourie, a former minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA government and a bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Leaders like Sardar Patel and Jawahar Lal Nehru also did politics but there were no such elements. They transformed our country without resorting to opportunism that we see today,” he said.

Arun Shourie pointed Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who after walking out of the NDA four years ago, has formed a government with BJP’s help in Bihar.