Self interest- Please check
Self interest is nothing but securing selfish goals. Where an average person of any country puts his own interests above the country’s, the country he belongs to starts suffering particularly when heads of states themselves are the firsts to do so.
A live example of one’s self-interest as the first and foremost demonstrated in the recent address of India’s Prime minister in G-20 summit. In contrast, we see almost all citizens born in other countries swear “Mother land first, self next”. It is almost an axiom that the majority of the fellow citizens in Japan and China follow the above principle, whereas an average Indian always dreams of self first, country next. The reasons may be many a many commencing from abject poverty to Pan-India perpetuated political corruption on account of misgoverance.
I understand the point you are trying to make here, Sanjay. However, your examples may not be accurate.
Seldom do citizens of modern societies place their national interest ahead of their personal self-interest. This is especially true in Western democracies and is becoming increasingly true in emerging democracies. While it is often true that the national interest aligns with the self-interest, it is typically the majority self-interest that guides the national interest. The alignment between the two is greatest in those democracies with relatively homogeneous cultures -- like Japan.
Because China is not a democracy it is difficult to tell whether the two align. The Chinese government goes to great lengths to minimize the appearance of dissent. So while we know some degree of dissent exists, the world has no way of gauging its depth or intensity in Chinese society.
The American experiment suggests that it is not wrong for a citizen to disagree with the stated national interest. Most Americans believe that dissent helps guide the national interest toward stronger, more sustainable goals. Of course, with any group of two or more people, these is going to be disagreement over what constitutes the national interest.
You are, however, correct, that our political leaders should never place their personal interests before the interests of the people they represent.
India presents a very interesting situation that has been called the Indian experiment. The sheer size of the population, the number of languages and cultures, and relative newness (barely sixty years) of democracy present leadership challenges that makes even the chaotic United States look manageable.
I am not familiar with your Prime Minister's remarks, though I would be interested in learning more.
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