Rishi Sunak, Challenges and Hope
The newly elected Indian-origin Prime Minister of UK Rishi Sunak got the rare opportunity to hold this coveted position. The 42-year old young man was one of the most sought after politicians in the recent days. The fortunes of pendulum swung back and forth and finally he was anointed as the PM of the UK. Starting from his father-in-law, Narayana Murthy of Infosys-fame everyone in India and the UK expressed their happiness. He assumes office at the very difficult times. The stagnated UK-economy, Ukraine-war and changing geopolitical situations across the globe makes his job exceedingly tough. Considering his track record as a successful hedge-fund manager and Chancellor or Exchequer, it seems he’ll sail through the challenging times. At the same time, he should be extremely cautious. His religious identity, personal wealth (a whopping 700 million pounds), and his origin – everything will be questioned by the fellow politicians and the scoop-smitten press. However, he confidently declared that he got a plan to fix economy, bring transparency and professionalism at every level. That’s what precisely lacking in the ‘so-called’ advanced economy like the UK. Immediately after assuming office, his administration established a contact with India to strengthening its ties. That’s really a good and prudent move. Likewise, he should focus on building better relationship with his European neighbours which was severely damaged due to BREXIT chaos. Keeping away from the political rhetoric, he should concentrate on delivering what promised to lift the UK out of ‘profound economic crisis.’ If that happens, he will be remembered for his ‘walk the talk’ approach. Normal leaders wait for better opportunities to prove their caliber. Great leaders will create the opportunities out of challenges to show their mettle. The forthcoming days will tell that what kind of a leader he really is.