Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong referred to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during a debate in Parliament on ‘How democracy should work in the country’. “Most countries are founded and begin their journey based on high ideals and great values,” Lee said during the debate on Tuesday. However, the way in which the founder starts things is not always the same. They keep on changing gradually.
“Leaders who have fought and won for freedom are often extraordinary individuals with indomitable courage, great culture and outstanding ability. They faced many difficulties and then emerged as a leader among the people. David Ben-Gurion, Jawaharlal Nehru are such leaders.
The Singapore PM emphasised that many political systems today would be quite unrecognisable to their founding leaders.
“Nehru’s India has become one where, according to media reports, almost half the MPs in the Lok Sabha have criminal charges pending against them, including charges of rape and murder. Though it is also said that many of these allegations are politically motivated,” PM Loong said.
The Prime Minister of Singapore further said that he gave a direction to fulfill the dreams of the people of the country. He tried his best to fulfill the expectations of the people in his time. His contribution in establishing democracy is unmatched.