Pramod Mahajan is battling for life in a Mumbai Hospital. I hope he will recover and the country will be saved from a terrible tragedy. This country has already lost some of its brightest leaders at inopportune times. We cannot afford anymore. Rajesh Pilot, Madhavarao Scindhia, Rangarajan Kumaramangalam and Rajiv Gandhi were killed at a terribly young age and this country would have certainly been a better place had they lived on. I still remember the utter shock with which I heard the news of Rajesh Pilot's death in a car accident few years back. I can't recollect being more saddened by someone's death. (No I'm not exaggerating!) If he were to become Prime Minister, I may have even voted for the congress. (What?! did I just say that!!)
As for Mahajan, he is my all time favorite politician. Many if not most people I know hate him! But I don't think anyone will disagree that he one of the best "politicians" this country has managed to produce. His is a success story which every politician should try to emulate. From being a school teacher in Marathwada to be the most high profile BJP leader is no mean achievement. He has his shortcomings and is probably prone to corruption. But then if you are the principal fund-raiser of a national party, its tough to stay clean I guess. I disagree with the notion that he doesn't have a mass base. Anyway its not because of the lack of trying.
It might sound melodramatic but Mahajan is among the few Politicians (apart from those of the civics book variety) whom I came to know and appreciate from my school days. I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to him becoming India's next Prime Minister. Come to think of it - why are people whom I admire (ex. Ganguly) having a bad time these days?