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Dynasty Vs democracy: India at the crossroads
The country again stands at the crossroads. Dynasty Vs democracy is again a million dollar question. Congress from past has always tried to gain vote by winning sympathy of the people, saying that they belong to the same old dynasty, which Nehru did.
INDIA FROM its distant past has never been a democratic country. Except the short term of Licchabi rule in the Himalayan region, India, was dominated by kings and monarchs. The Mughals were the last rulers in this tradition. England fought against dynasty, but India upheld. Even after independence, this tradition of monarchy continued when Jawaharlal Nehru, the great lover of democracy, founded the dynasty again in a very much political way. The children of the Nehru family are groomed over the years and then sworn as party leaders in Congress. Then one fine morning he or she is projected as the minister or prime minister of the country. Indira, Rajiv and Sanjay are such names and one can easily understand how Congress perpetuated dynasty by chanting ‘Long live democracy’.
 
It is really funny that the same game plan has been chalked out. Rahul is trying to discover India and all the Congress leaders from Kashmir to Kanyakumari have been enthralled, probably forgetting that this is neither a Nehruvian discovery of India nor that of Gandhiji but only that of Rahul Gandhi. Rahul has generously said that he had not yet made up his mind to be the prime ministerial candidate. But it is probably to be decided by the people of the country and not by Rahul. The pitiable condition of Congress is that no second-generation leader is coming up to the forefront, except the children of the Nehru family. The tradition of dynastic rule has deep roots in India. Congress has perpetuated the rule by succession, and members of Nehru family have always proved themselves to be the creamy layer of the party. The prime ministerial post is nearly reserved for them and other leaders of Congress have always been members of other backward class for whom there is no such reservation.
 
Only till the other day, the name of Priyanka was much in the air. Rajiv does not like politics or Priyanka resembles her grandmother, Indira, in intelligence and acumen. All these were much publicised. Sonia won sympathy votes by repeatedly appealing as ‘I am a widow of the Indira family’. This was not a credential enough for becoming the prime minister of the country. But today the same efforts for perpetuating succession are evident when Congress has reverted to its age-old policies  ‘Project one member of the Gandhi family’. All these are due to the failure of the government to fulfill the promises of realising the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) in the last four years of their rule. Now when the party is compelled to face the election, there is nothing much to say to convince the electorates.
 
The written English speech of the future prime ministerial candidate, Rahul in the Lok Sabha failed to impress the opposition as well as the Left allies of UPA as the much projected leader of aam admi (common people) Rahul did not touch the cardinal issues of inflation and price rise or the issues of the CMP. Rahul told the Lok Sabha that the poor did not have a voice. The voice of the have-nots was really not heard in his own speech. The assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in April 2007 showed the inability of Rahul as the future leader of the nation. His political understanding and ability are not really commensurate with the high position of the prime minister of the country. His only credential is that he belongs to the Gandhi family. But this has brought the country to the crossroads and all are asking the million dollar question: “Which way India: Dynasty or Democracy?”
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