Chandi Baba - The Polititician Saint Of India.
For millennia, India has remained shrouded in mystery. Indian rope trick magician to Anna Hazare, the mystical, philosophical and religious Gurus of India have attracted inquisitive minds. From the ancient Chinese traveller Faxian to the Beetles and even Apple’s Steve Jobs found their inspiration from their Indian Gurus. Now, there is a Politician Saint from India that world leaders confronted with Occupy Wall Street can learn something from.
Mr Oommen Chandy, who installed a webcam in his office for transparency of his administration, will no doubt abhor being called Oommen Swamy or Chandi Baba like an Indian saint, because he is only an elected Chief Minister of the tiny state of Kerala in India, equivalent to the Governor of a State in the US. However, for a large section of the population who is ready to patiently wait till the wee hours of the night to speak with the Chief Minister, Mr Chandy is fast becoming something of a saint, as people line up in an endless queue to speak with him.
The reason for Mr Candy's success is in his determination to take his power as a Chief Minister, bestowed upon him by ordinary people through a democratic election, back to the very people, cutting through the red tape, ordering immediate and on the spot resolutions to their problems.
In fact Mr Chandy and his Government with its efforts to run a transparent and corruption free administration, is already a role model for other Indian States, and his own office fitted with that round-the-clock webcam has attracted world attention.
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Mr Chandy rise to the status of a Indian Guru of modern politics lies in his unique approach to solving people’s problems. Unlike world leaders who struggle to somehow disperse the masses of a generation, brought by their individual problems and hardship to the Occupy Wall Street venues, the CM actually invites them to assemble with their long pending and unsolved issues to specially organised venues he calls Chief Minister’s Mass Contact programmes.