July 1, 2013 by thejalebichronicles
Machiavellian Ministrations: Political views and opinions.
The great hue and cry raised last month at BJP’s National Executive Meet has now settled down and Narendra Modi is the clear victor. With this in mind, we bring you the biggest mistake of the Congress i.e., a certain Rahul Gandhi and his tale of predicted doom.
Rahul Gandhi is the 43 year old son of the Late Rajiv Gandhi and current Congress President and Head of the National Advisory Council Sonia Gandhi. He’s an M.A. graduate from Trinity College, Cambridge University and is currently the Vice-President of the Grand Old Party. Along with being the chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress and National Students Union of India, he is also projected by many as the INC’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He’s the incumbent Lok Sabha representative of Amethi, a post he’s held since 2004.
With that said and done, let’s examine Rahul Baba, as he is popularly referred to, and his political mark sheet.
Apart from being a Member of Parliament for nine years, Mr Gandhi has no major victory to his credit. He has not held a Ministerial berth, (let alone a chair) at the Prime Cabinet. His record as an MP is in shambles. 41% attendance compared to an average of 77%, participation in only one parliamentary debate during UPA II against an average of 30.1 per lawmaker and the most surprising; no questions asked during this period against an average of 235 per lawmaker.
He handled the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections for the Congress in 2012 and the world stands to see the disaster. This is not the first time Rahul Baba has failed. Previous attempts to devalue opponents at state level have also been slaps to his face, most prominently the Gujarat elections, where despite fierce campaigning by the mother-son duo, Modi reigned in a hat trick.
On the flip side of the coin, Rahul has done something which decades of politicians have tried and failed to implement;an infusion of the comparatively younger politicians in the arena. Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia and Sachin Pilot are two names that take prominence. However, even this cloud’s silver lining, much like the fake silver sold behind Heera Panna, is already blackened. The ‘rejuvenated youth’ of the Congress party reek of dynasty politics. Scindia’s father had been a nine time Lok Sabha member; not losing a single election since 1971 until his untimely demise in 2001 and his grandfather was the last Maharaja of Gwalior.
Mr Pilot on the other hand, is the son of Late Rajesh Pilot, a veteran Congress leader who never lost an election since his first victory in 1980 up to his death in 2000.Nearly 66 years after we fought a tyrannical bloodline based monarchy of the UK for the power of self-governance, we are now entrenched in the same rut of dynasty politics.
At present, these facts stand:
1. Rahul Gandhi has no political achievements to his credit which should prove his capabilities as a leader.
2. The campaign or the ‘vibe’ around Mr Gandhi is solely based on his direct roots to the Nehru-Gandhi family.
3. His intra-party project of refining the youth bodies of the Congress is in a pitiable state, as he left it far behind after his undeserved elevations within the party.
A few months ago, Rahul Baba and his projected opponent were engaged in what I have dubbed as the ‘Speech Wars;. The golden feather in his hat was a speech at the CCI’s plenary session. The speech flummoxed not just me, but the entire nation at large. He spoke about a dysfunctional nation whose governance is paralysed. He mentioned how power has to be decentralised and dynasty politics have to be rooted out.
What Mr Gandhi forgot was that it was his own party that is in power and has ruled over India for nearly50 years since Independence. Also, for 37 years, it is his family that has led governance. When he spoke about decrying the system of dynasty politics, he inspired hope. But the Jaipur meet, (where he was elevated to Vice President of the party on no terms except his bloodline) destroyed our dreams of finally seeing change.
Congressis (as INC supporters are called,) claim that Rahul Baba is a worthy opponent to Narendra Modi because of his supposed secular credentials. The sole argument offered by the Gandhi family supporters is the ‘lesser of two evils doctrine, which is not reason enough to make anyone the Prime Minister of our nation. Going by that record, my uncle makes for a reasonable candidate; far better than Gandhi, anyway. He’s an IIT and IIM graduate, has never lost an election and is also ‘secular’!
In conclusion, it is true that, his MBA style of working has impressed people, but Rahul Gandhi has no real bearings of how to lead a nation when he has not proved himself. It is not for a lack of opportunity but rather, a lack of skills. It is true that youth leaders must be encouraged, but blindly allotting power to a so-called ‘youth icon’ who has failed on multiple counts is not the answer. It is akin to Prince Joffery succeeding the Iron Throne in Westros.
The next general elections shall be a game changer in Indian history. It promises to test each and every parameter of either principal parties as an educated and far more informed electorate reaches out to get their fingers inked. Both major coalitions shall be tested to their limits as this is said to be one of the longest run ups to a general election. However, one thing is certain. Either the Congress wins and cements its berth in India or it loses and shows India’s demand for change. Perhaps George RR Martin summed it up well
“When you play a game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
DISCLAIMER:- The views presented in this article represent the views of the writer alone and not the others in general.
– Siddharth Gupta