It was that dreadful December evening; my wife & I were frantically trying to help a friend who was stranded in the Chennai Central railway station. Water levels were raising, Roads wrecked and public transportation shattered. Amidst all this chaos, like they say ‘for every force, there is a counter force’, we saw the rise of a new beginning that night.
We live in a world of wannabe leaders but in the last two weeks, we have witnessed the seemingly common man getting together to achieve the uncommon. New leaders emerged, spearheading relief and rescue work even before the state’s relief machinery moved its little finger. And now, we are seeing a sense of calm after this storm not because of the political leadership but because of this Common Man’s Madrasi Army that helped the people when they were in need.
A true leaders is one who helps the people when they are in need. Just a random search on #chennairains, #chennaifloods or #chennaimicro hash tags in twitter will tell you who the leaders were. And beyond the world of social media, there were 1000’s of retired armed forces veterans who built battalions of young men & women to battle Mother Nature – to protect that unknown stranger.
Wishful thinking it may be, but I hope this ‘Madrasi Army’ doesn’t die down with the rains. Deep inside my heart there is hope; a hope that these leaders will break out of their cocoons and become that leader who is only seen in the movies. May the Chennai Rain Relief moment grown into something that overcomes our religio-political favoritism. May this momentum grow into a political movement which propels these young leaders to become leaders of our city, our state, our nation.
God bless Chennai