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'Indira Gandhi got the better of many stalwart male leaders of her time' - Nitin Gadkari
On 24th December 2018, I'd written an article about Nitin Gadkari in 'Merinews.' For the sake of continuity of this article I've to reproduce some excerpts of it.

"Success has thousand fathers, and defeat is an orphan." It was said by President John F Kennedy. "Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan, as when there is success, there will be a race to take credit but in case of failure, everybody will start pointing fingers at each other." It is an added ribbon to that comment by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. And one needs not to be a political scientist to see what it means. It is clearly directed against Shri Narendra Modi ji, the Pradhan Sevak and Pradhan Mantri of Bharat Varsh. It just shows how the wind is blowing in Nagpur House after the latest politically fateful defeat of BJP is three Hindi belt states. Everyone knows about the law and order situation of UP today. If that is called governance, Lord save the motherland! Yogi brand has already failed to fetch dividends. Haryana is no better.  Gadkari's comment is a clear clarion call against the present leadership of the BJP. Let us not talk about the recent book of old BJP stalwart Shri Yashwant Sinha that does a post-mortem of BJP's performance." …….End of the quote.

In November 2011, Nitin Gadkari had a lucky escape from the long arms of law when as the leader of India's main opposition party he was embroiled in a scandal over the death of a seven-year-old girl whose bruised and bloodied body was found in his car in the grounds of his home. Yogita Thakre, the daughter of a poor cleaner, went missing while her mother worked in a house opposite the home of Gadkari. A potential scandal was avoided at that time when a police inquiry found she had suffocated in the car after becoming accidentally trapped inside by a faulty electronic locking system.

In 2013, he had to resign as the BJP President and Rajnath took over the reins. "I would like to thank all senior party leaders for their co-operation. As far as the second term goes, a national conspiracy was hatched and a matter was raised with which I had no direct connection," Gadkari had told the media.

In September 2016, Gadkari ji had declared that the promise of "achhe din", Narendra Modi's 2014 election-winning jumla, has become a milestone around the government's neck. It is a bone stuck in our throat. Our country is such an ocean of dissatisfied souls that acche din never come... media should not misinterpret me... Those who have cycles want scooters, and those who have scooters want cars. It is not wrong, but the wealthy are dissatisfied too.

Let me emphasize here that I'm no fan of Gadkari Ji. However, I appreciate his savoire faire, his survival instincts and sense of timings.

In April 2010, during an exclusive interview to BBC Hindi Service, Gadkari had accepted that the Congress government did not initiate anti-Sikh riots in 1984. "Some people might be involved in those riots but it would not be entirely correct to say that the riots were initiated by the government (Congress party was in power then). Nobody can manipulate or organise such incidents; these are unfortunate reactions of the people at large."

And lo! Here is a bolt from the blue for the BJP – an outfit that never fails to demonise the Nehru family and blames Indira Priydarshni Gandhi for EMERGENCY and several other ills that India is facing today. In Nagpur this Sunday, the Union minister and city MP Nitin Gadkari has shaken the foundations of the fundamental beliefs and planks of the BJP / NDA conglomerate and caused a flutter when he praised late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Addressing a gathering of women at the inaugural of an exhibition put up by women self-help groups (SHGs), Gadkari said he did not believe in caste and reservation politics. "This nation had leaders like Indira Gandhi. She got the better of many stalwart male leaders of her time. Did she get any reservation," he asked.

That reminds me an exclusive interview with Karan Thapar on India Today TV show 'To The Point' a former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief TV Rajeswar has claimed that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had backed former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's decision to impose an Emergency in 1975.  Rajeswar had said that RSS chief in 1970s Balasaheb Deoras had supported Indira Gandhi over some measures taken by her during the Emergency.

We know that politics has only become uncertain because the rules of the game have changedIn order to predict the future of politics, we need to fully understand the present. An obvious logic of failure and the numerous political earthquakes like Prime Minister Morarji Desai had faced when Raj Narain and rest of Janta Dal leaders rebelled against him lead us to perceive some uncertain situations. If the frequent BJP losses in by elections and defeats in recent 3 Hindi belt states are any presage of a new saga, we the Indian masses should keep our fingers crossed. The general election is still 3 months or so away. A week is a long time in politics. Jai Hind!

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