This world that we are living in was not gifted to us the way it is. A number of people have worked, sacrificed and have died in the process of making Earth a place to live in. Thousands of births take place every day, but it is once in a while that a Great Political Leader is born. A leader’s vision is what keeps a nation and its citizens safe, helps it grow and gets an acceptance among other nations. Political Leaders many a times end up giving life changes quotes during their speeches.
On a whole, this world has seen a lot of leaders. So, here are a few leaders who have helped the human race to move forward.
Born on the island of Corsica, in the year 1769. Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and a political leader. Also known as Napoleon I, he successfully rose through the ranks of the military during the French revolution. Crowned as emperor in 1804, his shrewd, sagacious, ambitious and skilled military strategies helped him to expand his empire. His major contribution includes ‘Code Napoleon’ which aimed at unified, progressive legal structure. This code is today the basis of law in France and a handful of other countries.
“Never Interrupt Your Enemy When He Is Making a Mistake”
Born in Holguin province of Cuba, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, was a Cuban revolutionary and politician. He has served as both prime minister (1959-1976) and president (1976-2008) to the Republic of Cuba. His administration was successful in reducing illiteracy, stamping out racism, improving public health care and industries and businesses were nationalised. He is sometimes criticized for curbing economic and political freedom.
“A Revolution Is A Struggle To Death Between The Future And The Past”
Anti-apartheid revolutionist (against racism), politician and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela was born into a royal family in South Africa. Served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He helped bring an end to the apartheid and has been a global advocate for human rights. His protests against racism landed him in prison and made him the face of anti-apartheid movement both within his country and internationally. In the year 1994 he became the first black president of South Africa and formed multi ethnic government.
“Education Is The Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use To Change The World”
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Born in United States in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister. He played a major role in the country’s civil rights movement. Highly inspired by the idea of non-violence he sought equality for African-Americans. His contributions led to the advancement of Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in America. Martin Luther was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39 when he was planning a national occupation of Washington D.C.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”
The third ruler of glorious Maurya Dynasty and one of the most powerful emperor of the Indian sub-continent. Ashoka reigned between 273 B.C. and 232 B.C. His empire consisted of present day Afghanistan to parts of Persia in the West, Bengal and Assam in the East and Mysore in the South. Ashoka has been defined as a cruel and ruthless monarch. But soon after the Battle of Kalinga, Ashoka embraced Buddhism and dedicated his life towards preaching Buddhism. He sent his daughter and son to Sri Lanka to spread Buddhism. Ashoka focussed on education, safety and economic progress of the individual and also established many monuments. Lion Capital of Ashoka contribute immensely in deriving the National Emblem of Republic Of India .
“No Society Can Prosper If It Aims At Making Things Easier Instead It Should Aim At Making People Stronger”
He might not be in the good books of many but still he is remembered by all for his ways. One of the most powerful and brutal dictators of 20th century, Adolf Hitler. He was a German politician and a leader of Nazi Germany. Born in Hungary in 1889, Hitler rose to power in the National Socialist German Workers Party and took control of German Government in 1933. His major actions include Concentration camps and Treaty of Versailles. His oratory skills, military expansions and economic growth plans are worth praising. It was his attack on Poland in 1939 which resulted in World War II and by 1941 Germany occupied much of Europe and North Africa. Hitler shot himself just before when Germany was on the verge of defeat in WW II.
“He Alone, Who Owns The Youth, Gains The Future”
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was Born on 2nd October 1869. Commonly known as Bapu. Bapu was an eminent leader of Indian Independence Movement in British ruled India. He practiced non-violence and believed that truth and only truth shall prevail. His movements include Khilafat Movement, Non- cooperation movement, Salt Satyagrah to name a few. Gandhi emerged as the face of the nation when British left India. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders to have ever existed.
“The Best Way To Find Yourself, Is To Lose Yourself In The Service Of Others”
Times have changed a lot since WW 2 and Independence of many countries. New Unorthodox leaders are emerging. Whether they’ll be able to bring the kind of revolutions these leaders brought only time will tell.
Article Credits:Sanjeevani Sinha
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