I dont believe in the term ruler or leader especially one who acts like a lord and master of all he surveys.
The best ruler and leader of ourselves is our own Atma (consciousness) which if developed properly will help us conquer ourselves.
If you follow the above principles you will conquer yourself.
As Paulo Coelho said:
“If you conquer yourself, then you will conquer the world.”
However many of us cannot find the will or inclination to do the above, even if we have all the capability.
It is for such people we need leaders, who inspire them not only to follow such leaders blindly like bleating sheep and donkeys, but to be inspired so much that they want to develop the same qualities of the leaders that they are inspired by.
But first the leaders themselves must be worthy of inspiration.
A true leader will be a Raja Rishi (Sage King).
A true leader will not say anything.
The only principle of a true leader will be:
Do as I do.
This is the ideal from Lao Tzu:
A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, “We did this ourselves.”
This is the ideal from Swami Vivekanand:
He who is the servant of all is their true master. He never becomes a leader in whose love there is a consideration of high or low. He whose love knows no end, and never stops to consider high or low, has the whole world lying at his feet.
They lived upto these principles at the cost of their own happiness and the safety and welfare of their most dearest loved ones.
But the duties for the King and good governance are best described by Bhishma, who learned by bad experience and bad judgement and then finally developed good judgement on his death bed as he lay dying painfully on a bed of arrows for more than 45 days.
There is a saying:
Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement.
All administrators must take it seriously.
If they take it seriously they will bring peace to the world and unparalleled prosperity and happiness to their citizens.
If the administrators of Bharat take the Shanti Parva seriously and practice its core teachings, then Bharat will become the sole superpower without even firing a single nuclear missile and the people of Bharat will be living in a heaven on earth.
For Bharat to rise to great heights again, we need professional administrators who are experts in the field that they are given responsibility to administer.
Of course it goes without saying that the first criteria for their selection is that they must be truly educated.
We do not need the wonder of FUKUS systems led by ignorant, clueless, short sighted, self interested, semi literate and corrupt Representative DFIs, guided by equally clueless generalist administrators whose sole claim for selection is that they passed an exam.
Some people may say that not having a democratically elected administrator may mean that the local common people are not represented and wont have a voice.
Does anybody really think common people are best qualified and have the best judgement to choose the best administrators?