Rahul has an opportunity, but…
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Rahul has an opportunity, but…

India deserves to get back to a state of equilibrium where the faiths that sustain people are not misused for petty political purposes.

By TJS George

Circumstances have brought about a change in Rahul Gandhi. More complex circumstances are forcing the Congress Party to change. Gujarat elections are the first of a three-stage test that will decide whether the Congress lives or dies (the others being Karnataka elections a year from now and then the general election.) The party is fighting bravely in Gujarat, and shrewdly, too, if the alliances with Patidars and Dalits are any indication. But is that enough to get the better of the richest party in the country? (Reports mention, not hundreds, but thousands of crores of rupees being brandished about. So much for the victory over black money.)

The Congress needs an internal revolution to survive. This is history’s revenge. As a national movement for Independence, it had earned the emotional backing of people en masse. Independence won, it should have wound up, as Gandhi advised, so that political organisations would have a level playing field in the new game of democracy. It chose instead to take unfair advantage of the afterglow of the freedom struggle, thereby becoming more equal than others. That advantage lasted only a few years. Then rot set in.

The undemocratic nature of dynastic rule made the rot spread fast. Rahul Gandhi’s ascent to yuvaraj status brought the Congress to its lowest ebb thanks to his absences and arrogance in the early stages. Recall his barging into a press conference and publicly downgrading his own party’s Prime Minister by tearing up an ordinance issued by the Government. It came as a surprise that the same man impressed audiences with his mature ways during his US visit in September. At 47, it was about time.

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The flowering of Rahul Gandhi gives hope that his appointment as Congress President  (expected in December) may bring about the reforms the party badly needs. The first priority is to give the party a new energy with a set of young faces. This won’t be easy because every Congress leader above 60 is convinced that he deserves to be the Prime Minister of India. Note how P. Chidambaram objected when A.K. Antony’s name came up as a possibility for the Vice-Presidentship of the party. That Antony cannot unite even warring Congressmen in Kerala is as evident as the fact that Chidambaram does not have a single constituency in this vast and fertile country that he can consider safe. But nothing stops Congressmen from pulling down one another.

India is the only democracy in the world where the Indian principle of vanaprastha is unacceptable to politicians. Rahul Gandhi’s task is to bring in a New Guard without driving the Old Guard into belligerence. Some may resort to demonstrative vengeance by walking over to the BJP, but the new Congress President will do well to hold fast knowing that there is a mood change in the country.

BJP has been in power long enough for people to see the gap between word and deed at the government level. The Prime Minister holds forth on grand dreams, great principles and wonderful ideals. On the ground, the jobless turn desperate, farmers abandon all hopes, the middleclass go crazy over GST-Aadhaar idiocyncracies and, worst of all, a new criminality called lynching becomes part of a new patriotism. These sham patriots publicly call for the beheading of people they don’t like. The Government encourages them by not taking any meaningful action to put them down.

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That all this is done in the name of Hinduism must be abhorrent to a great many Hindus, hence the change in the public mood. In all religions the fanatics compromise the faithful. Atrocities like the Spanish Inquisition made a mockery of Christianity in Europe. The murderous advances of fundamentalism violate Islam across the world. Sanatana Dharma had sustained its greatness until narrow political ends turned it into an electioneering tool. India deserves to get back to a state of equilibrium where the faiths that sustain people are not misused for petty political purposes.

The BJP will continue to use religion as a polarising force because obviously it is unable to do the right thing: Winning popular support through policies that make life easier for the people. That the public has recognised this reality is Rahul Gandhi’s opportunity. Across the country there is a growing realisation that something somehow must put an end to a culture that enables self-styled nationalists to offer rewards for cutting off an actress’s nose. It is a shame that we have a system that does not put such anti-nationals in jail.

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November 28, 2017

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Rahul has an opportunity, but…”

  1. Raghu says:

    This was the summary of 3 years of BJP rule as per the author. No doubt his loyalty for Congress far exceeds his integrity and ethical commitment for fair journalism. The author states as follows! Carefully notice how he pushed everything good done by BJP was twisted to appear as bad! And only selected congress allegations presented like fact! Also, Is 3 years rule of BJP longer than 65 years of congress? Then why garibi is still here while congress claimed to eradicate it for 6 decades? Sir, was that not a gap between the word and the deed?

    This was the summary of what the author thinks of BJP rule?
    “BJP has been in power long enough for people to see the gap between word and deed at the government level. The Prime Minister holds forth on grand dreams, great principles and wonderful ideals. On the ground, the jobless turn desperate, farmers abandon all hopes, the middleclass go crazy over GST-Aadhaar idiocyncracies and, worst of all, a new criminality called lynching becomes part of a new patriotism. These sham patriots publicly call for the beheading of people they don’t like. The Government encourages them by not taking any meaningful action.”

    Here are the facts that the author conveniently left out !
    Modi’s Swatch Bharath Abhiyan was not only to clean the streets of India but to clean Congress and Seculars out of India as well. When PM Narendra Modi started his campaign with the broomstick, sleepless nights has started to Congress and the fear has gradually taken place in pseudo Seculars Fort!
    Do you know why Congress and Seculars hate Modi? Do you know the basic reasons to create enmity with such a genuine person of India?
    Well, there are lots of reasons to bark over Modi. I wish to mention some of them as below:
    1. Abu Saleem in prison! 1993 case finally closed!
    2. Sasikala in prison!
    3. Ram Rahim in prison, again 2002 case!
    4. Finance Ministry knows exactly the quantum of black money which was circulated, who are the culprits, the ISI printed & black currency never came in as it’s being discovered as junked!
    5. Corruption has been eradicated in the South and North blocks!
    6. Aadhar will control every citizen going forward!
    7. 10 lakh bogus ration cards destroyed!
    8. 1,00,000 gas connections surrendered!
    9. Triple Talaq abolished!
    10. India relation with US and BRICS countries at its best got Pakistan listed as terror state!
    11. 45 lakh new income tax assesses!
    12. GST for single point taxation removed the concept of sales tax check posts shortening travel time for trucks, has brought in most of the unregulated business under the tax purview and saved millions of gallons of fuels wasted at sales tax check posts!
    13. Kashmir clean up almost getting to closing point with terror funding abolished by NIA raids and Jihadist being terminated
    14. Money laundered to Christian conversion missionaries has been blocked!
    15. 70% of India Saffronizedwhich will help faster decisions and uniformity in policies across India!
    16. 30 lakh money laundering NGO’s checked!
    17. MEA successfully brings in refugees negotiating with many Islamic countries!
    18. China in the verge of war has been tamed, checkmated and sent back!
    19. Islamic refugees from Myanmar stopped!
    20. NEET brings in fairness, destroys 25-50 Lakhs capitation fees, uniformity in medical opportunities and checks quota misuse!
    21. Cattle markets regulated!
    22. 2G, National Herald and Sunanda verdicts soon!
    23. Defence strengthened with new high-tech equipments from US and Israel!
    This is what we call achievements of Modi! He knows what he has to do for the sake of the nation and he will do, no matter how anti-nationalists bark at him.
    Tightening, Cleaning and Putting checks in the system almost complete! Going forward it will be performance Delivery!
    For the medium term we see a very solid track ahead of the Indian economy: IMF chief Lagarde . This was recently expressed by mid chief who is not RSS or BJP
    India expected to regain the fastest growing major economy tag next year with 7.4% growth, higher than China’s 6.5%
    IMF expects Indian economy to grow 8% in the medium term on the back of reforms
    Here are the past Achievements of Congress tat the author conveniently left out
    Congress looted India for 6 decades scams after scam . Last decade itself they looted 300,000 crores! Every single scam below was engineered by Sonia, Rahul and Vadra under the great economists like Manmohan Singh and visionaries like Chidambarm!
    The list is as follows:
    Bofors scam, a trademark scam of Gandhi family.
    Coal Scam: CAG calculated it to be to the tune of 1.86 Lakhs crores, whoops mind-boggling!
    2G Spectrum Scam: To the tune of 1.76 Lakhs crore!!
    Common Wealth Games scams: To the tune of 70,000 crores, involved parties Suresh Kalmadi, Sheila Dikshit, Robert Vadra amongst others
    Chopper Scam: Perfect example of bribery and corruption in India 610 Million!
    Tatra Truck scam: dirty defence deal
    Adarsh Housing scam: a building made for war widows, but flats occupied by Congress big wigs!
    Cash for vote scam in 2011
    Satyam Scam
    Telgi stamp paper scam
    Insurance Scam
    Other Scam and Scandals.

  2. Nagaraj says:

    Appears the article has been sponsored by Congress party. If Rahul Gandhi becomes Prime Minister god only can save our country

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