Rahul tip on leadership: ‘let others take the glory’

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Rahul replied that there are two ways to look at how to provide a good education system — either in a linear fashion or exponentially. He said if Sam Pitroda had wanted to provide telephones to everybody in a linear fashion, he would not have achieved it. They (Pitroda and others) thought of a PCO and that led to the telecom revolution, as a result of which everybody has a mobile in his pocket today, he said. "To say that the internet is not connected to an eight-year-old child is to disconnect a large avenue (for the child). Let his aspirations catch fire. You are going to stop asking politicians how they are going to do it. First ask how you are going to do it."

Rahul cited an anecdote about his student days in England in a bid to explain the need for a non-arbitrary system. He said he was walking with two friends, an Englishman and a Nigerian, when the traffic light turned green. The Englishman crossed the road, but he and the Nigerian stopped. The Nigerian explained to the Englishman that in his country, he would be killed if he crossed when the light was green.

"For us, life is very arbitrary. We are used to complexities — how to deal with red lights, how junior ministers should deal with seniors. According to karma, everything is random. We are good at dealing with complexities. The challenge is to try and build a structure that is not random, not arbitrary," he said.

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