Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dynasty Vs Perform or Perish – The Challenge for the Nation

During the last 7 days, two important Congress leaders have made a few very significant statements - On 6th Nov, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said that “Narendra Modi will be history if he loses the 2014 elections, but Rahul Gandhi will still be around if Congress is defeated”.  Again on 11th Nov, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde commented  that "Narendra Modi is not a challenge to Congress. Congress is a big party, very old party. It has already completed 120 years of its existence and it has its own identity". They are so right, their above statements expose the thinking and culture prevailing in the 120 years old party.

Jairam Ramesh is confirming the well known fact that Rahul is the Shehzada and Congress is under Dynastic rule. In a democracy a leader is required to produce results and perform. So it is true that if Modi fails to produce result somebody else  will take over but in case of Rahul there is no such scope for any other leader in congress party to come forward and take over as leadership is in the hands of a dynastic family. Doesn't this comment proves that BJP is a democratic and cadre based party, where a deserving candidate will be preferred and selected based on public sentiments and performance? And when the candidate doesn't perform, BJP is not going to always continue with his leadership. So there is at least some accountability. Now compare this with Congress, the party is open to lose elections and still the sycophant mentality of the members will make sure that Rahul is around until he becomes PM and a father, so that  the dynasty continues. Hence, it is quite natural that Rahul will remain as the sole leader of Congress as it is his family property, but BJP is not Modi's inherited property. Congress has become so arrogant that they are not even bothered even if the people of this nation don’t want to see members of this Nehru-Gandhi family as their leader and would do everything possible including manipulate mandates to keep members of this dynasty in power. We the people of this nation need at least two Democratic parties for securing India's future. Narendra Modi should leave the race for somebody more capable and acceptable, if rejected by the voters, so should Rahul or Sonia Gandhi. We, the people, subscribe to this democratic principle. But why does this principle not apply to Rahul? We are sure, as Mr. Ramesh also believes, that we can remove Modi in future by using our votes if he does not live upto his promises and performance. But can Mr. Ramesh enlighten us, as to what we can do to remove Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka or their children in case we do not like them as our leaders?  History of even Congress party reveals that this principle applied to a few, who even without being from the Dynasty came near leading this party or led for a short while. The poor performance in 1967 election diminished the chance of Morarji Desai from becoming the PM. Again, poor performance in 1996 election made Narshimha Rao leave the race. But the culture in Congress today can only produce sycophants and self-seekers. That someone as intellectually handicapped as Rahul Gandhi could become India’s Prime Minister and that some people who are members or beneficiaries of Congress party, enthusiastically endorses his candidature is one of Congress’s many descents from the times of the iconic Gandhi to that of his surname hybrids. Apart from the fact of his birth in the Nehru-Gandhi family, how is Rahul qualified to lead the Congress party can’t be convincingly explained by any member of this party. Such demeaning flattery of someone who has so far failed to distinguish himself in any field of human activity reflects very poorly on a 120 years old political party which could not find or rather allowed anybody to lead this party apart from members of a single family. It’s appalling that educated and experienced politicians in Congress party, instead of questioning the credentials of Rahul's candidature for PM's job have now had to fall behind a line because they can’t dare to dream for the PM’s job simply because they don’t have the surname. We hope and pray that Rahul Gandhi will reveal some of the great qualities, which he has hidden so far very well from the public. Apparently senior Congress leaders have insider information on his qualities and strengths. So Rahul, our prayers are with you even if the votes are not.

Indira Gandhi started the era and culture of “chamchagiri” in the Congress party  and converted it into an extension of the whims & fancies and insecurities of a single individual and a family. Thus, what was loyalty to the party earlier became loyalty to an individual and a family. She destroyed every democratic institution in this country including inner party democracy and right to express unbiased opinion in Congress party, so that nobody can “challenge” her autocratic rule in furthering the cause of her dynasty and converted the Congress into a family business.  Since then Congress has tricked, suppressed, discredited any opposition leader or party that tried to “challenge”  it or it’s dynastic leadership. Narendra  Modi has risen as the greatest challenger to the rotten dynastic rule of Congress and it’s politics of caste & religious  divide, corruption & misgovernance and everything else in the name of "secularism" and "pluralism". The congress trickster would do anything to continue the legacy of the dynasty to remain in power.  

The below is what Khuswant Singh wrote about Indira Gandhi many years back and we can see a mirror image of her in the current top leadership of Congress and a legacy in what Mr.Ramesh & Mr.Shinde have said :-

“There is nothing spectacular about her rule. She was incapable of tolerating any criticism and she picked up an aversion to some persons because she thought they were challenging her, among them Jaya Prakash Narayan, a good, honest man. She couldn’t stand him because he was a challenge to her as the leader of the country, especially as people grew disillusioned with her rule. There were problems, droughts, challenges and Jaya Prakash Narayan had emerged as a leader. During her reign, corruption increased to enormous levels. She was really very tolerant of corruption, which was another negative mark against her. She knew perfectly well that some of her ministers were extremely corrupt, yet she took no steps against them till it suited her. If she knew someone was corrupt, she tolerated him but if it suited her, she used the same corruption charge to get rid of him. She really had no strong views on corruption, which went sky high during her time. Also, she felt uncomfortable with educated, sophisticated people. So you have the rise of people like Yashpal Kapoor, R K Dhawan, who was a stenographer who worked in her office, Mohammad Yunus, who just hung around her. I believe this was because she had no real education. She went to Shanti Niketan, then she went to Badminton School abroad, then to Oxford. Nowhere did she pass an exam or acquire a degree. She hid her insecurities behind a mask. I think that bred a sort of inferiority complex of not being recognised as an educated person. She would pretend to have read a lot of books. She spoke French, which she picked up when she accompanied her ailing mother Kamala to Switzerland, which went in her favour. There were pros and cons but there was this sense of insecurity when it came to highly intelligent people and people with clear records. She felt more comfortable with second-rate people. How did her insecurities, about which much has been written, affected India? In her insecurity, she destroyed the institutions of democracy. She packed Parliament with her supporters with loyalty being more important than ability; she superseded judges; she corrupted the civil service. Favouritism became a great sport with her. She also knew how to use people against each other and was quite a master of that”.

The Congress not only doesn’t care about people's opinion, but also arrogant enough to state it clearly as Mr. Ramesh & Mr. Shinde have done. It's disheartening to see this 120 years old political party and it’s leaders remaining prisoners of a Dynasty. They should realize that it's high time now for this family to leave from the Indian political scene with some respect still remaining. You either die as hero or live long enough to see yourselves become villain. This election is for a change.