Amid Tense, Arun Shourie Praises Chinese Leadership


Jaipur: The leadership in China is “much more qualified”, former Union minister Arun Shourie said on Friday, even as a tense standoff between Indian and Chinese armies continues in the Sikkim sector.

“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 titled ‘Talk Journalism’.

The armies of India and China have been engaged in a standoff since June 16 in Sikkim section where India and China share a 220-km-long border. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Shourie added that the “main challenge” before the nation today is to elect leaders who have “integrity, dedication and competence”. Shourie, a former minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA government and a bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said there was deterioration in the “value system” in politics today with “ego, insecurity, remorselessness and opportunism” being manifest, PTI reported.

“Leaders like Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru also did politics but there were no such elements. They transformed our country without resorting to opportunism that we see today,” he said in a veiled reference to the developments in Bihar politics.