“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”
In an era of exoticist writings by intellectuals, Kautilya went on to write in a magisterial fashion. However, what he said holds true for one of the current era’s leaders. The allusion here is to Dr. Raghuram Rajan, the current governor of the Reserve Bank of India and virtually its CEO.
The incumbents might view him as a rebel who doesn’t deserve a second chance. However, to the intellectually profound youth of the Indian nation he is a great economist, an enviable personality and to some he is the ‘Mister Cool’.
Quite justifiably, the economist who could predict the 2008 recession demands great respect when it comes to his expertise in the field. To some extent, this respect augments his adhesive strength to a moral ground whenever handed over with a responsibility. And, these ethics are his USP. As JRD Tata once stated, “An ethical life is part of an economic life”. Browney points to Mr.Rajan for that.
Since the 1970s, the rebellious youth have tried to find a popular hero of their ideas, whom they try to imitate and want to live their life as. In the era being referred to here, the hero was Amitabh Bachchan and he rose to fame as the young were not happy over the political order of the time. Implementation of emergency just proved to be like putting a light in the bottle of spirit.
The current collusion is reminiscent of this chapter of indian history and Dr Rajan is the new Mr. Bachchan. Not many in power are courageous enough of falling out of line of a conservative party’s chauvinist agenda. In Rajan, they find the ensoulment of their otherwise restrained acrimony.
Through his so called ‘rebellious’ nature, the lesson to imbibe is the mere fact that there is no correlation between righteousness and consensual sanction of the society. Thus, antithesis by the others around is something to be least worried about and lies within the subset of traits of a CEO. The ubiquity of such an intangible emotion just raises the ambit of his likeability among the upcoming CEOs.
When he was about to graduate from IIT Delhi, there wasn’t a single game that he didn’t play and excel in. Being in an IIT itself is a certification of his academic hard work. Diligence is the undeniable pre-requisite of an able CEO and he is copious of it. As a cherry on the cake, meeting him is the humblest of experiences for an ordinary citizen of the country.
Capsulating the above, Mr Cool’s austere ethics, affability among people as well as economists, rebellion against conservatism and liberal reforms independent of any suppressions, could accrue him the honour of being India’s most loved CEO.