IT is instructive to see French President Francois Hollande living like a common man. He lives in the same rented apartment and hasn’t moved to the Élysée Palace (French President House).

He shops at the same shopping malls which he used to shop before becoming the president. He prefers to travel by road on short distances and he has cut his salary by 30 per cent.

The commitment being shown by the French president towards his people and his country is highly appreciable. In his image, one can find an example of a devoted leader from whom the common man can expect great things.

How he goes about his policies and manages the affairs of his country is altogether a separate debate, the notable aspect is the start in the right direction.

It is important that a leader should have high moral values and ethics, and these values are not portrayed by how lavish a lifestyle s/he passes, rather these are sown in her/his character while being brought up.

In our society, the more expensive an outlook a person portrays, the greater a person s/he is perceived to be. A leader is always a person to whom the people of a country can relate to, and it is most certainly not the case in our country.

It is a positive development that democracy is deepening its roots in our country, however, the chances of finding a leader whom we as a nation can relate to seems distant.


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Omar Sheikh
June 26, 2012 3:25 pm
Ironically none of them is head of a Islamic country . They practice what they believe in, without listening to any dictates of religion. We listen but don't practice.
June 26, 2012 1:44 pm
The same is true of the Austrian president Dr.Heinz Fischer.He lives in his old flat,either walks or takes tram to the work.
Ali Khan
June 26, 2012 10:06 am
High moral values and ethics should lead to a character which is necessary for a Leader of a nation. The change in shoping vanues means change in budget and leads to missuse of power vested by the nation. Pakistani nation can only dream to get such a leader.
June 26, 2012 8:07 am
While I don't disagree with the writer, if I were French I would be more concerned about what Hollande can do for the French economy than where he lives. In India, public servants traveling by train was considered superior to traveling by air (in the sixties). That would reduce the efficiency of the Prime Minister, and it would be a bad thing.
Aizaz khokhar
June 26, 2012 9:05 pm
I second what you say Arun, but it is mentioned in the article already that these are just the steps in the right direction and how he goes about the policies is a separate discussion. Traveling is not mentioned here to imply superiority or inferiority of means of traveling, rather, the implicit meaning here is the commitment being demonstrated by the president which is worth the praise i believe.
June 26, 2012 9:12 pm
Living in an appartment instead of the Elysee palace, in fact, according to the French, costs the government a lot more in extra security arrangements....
T Ahmed
June 26, 2012 9:55 pm
I think it is very constructive, as in case of this letter writer, that Pakistanis look for good examples regardless of where those examples are to be found. The US, despite being a world leader in science, education, independent judiciary and legislature, has taken exactly this course and as a result adapted the best from other cultures to improve the quality of life within the US - whether it is the popularity of yoga from India, the adoption of management techniques from Japan, or of course the carryover of legal concepts like habeas corpus from ancient Rome via Europe. In Pakistan, ill-educated "aalims" have for over two centuries now spread their narrow-minded thinking in the guise of religion. It is therefore no surprise that retrograde concepts like "VIPs" are rife in pakistan. But that is obviously changing, since you cannot hide the truth forever...and certainly not in today's "internet world".
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