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Will Congress rule India forever?
The thought may dismay many. But what is the alternative? The only other pan India party is plagued by internal fighting. On one side is RSS demanding a Hindu Raj and on the other side are the secular elements led by L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley etc. RSS is not acceptable to most regional parties. Secular BJP is. But will RSS relent?

That seems to be a disturbing thought for many. Congress has ruled India for about 60 of the 65 years of its existence. Pandit Nehru set India on the path to industrialization and growth of technical education. But he also presided over a government that institutionalised corruption in all levels of the government, nepotism, crony capitalism, license raj and neglected defence preparedness.

Lal Bhadur Shastri during his brief rule stood up to Pakistani aggression and started the “Green Revolution” and set India on the road to self sufficiency in food. But his untimely death robbed India of a truly honest and capable leader.

Indira Gandhi certainly stands tall amongst all prime ministers as a gutsy nationalist who annexed Sikkim, made India a military power, defeated Pakistan in battle and created Bangladesh. She nationalized banks to stop hoarding and price manipulation by business houses (we are about to allow that again despite cautioning by World Bank), nationalized foreign companies unwilling to established Indian subsidiaries holding 51% stake. Unfortunately, she did not tackle corruption, nepotism, crony capitalism and encouraged sycophancy and dynastic rule. She also amended the constitution to allow defection and brought in “horse trading” to retain political power.

Rajiv Gandhi, “Mr. Clean” failed to reign in corruption, nepotism and crony capitalism. He squandered an 84% majority in the Lok Sabha and failed to bring in any reforms. Narsimha Rao came to power by buying the support of Mr. Shibu Soren. He started neo-liberal capitalism, devalued the currency and ‘sold’ India to western investors.

Less said about Manmohan Singh’s tenure the better. The silent aging prime minister sees no evil and hears no evil. His economic and foreign policies are dictated from Washington. He appears to be trying to win a Nobel Peace prize by bending backwards to bullying by Pakistan and China. He presides over a regime raked by scams, criminalization of politics, sychophancy, nepotism, crony capitalism, breakdown of law and order and unprecedented rise in crimes against women. His policy of unrestricted imports from China and the West has created the highest current account deficit the country has ever seen. And he is set to be replaced by the scion of the Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi the “Unknown.”

Where is the alternative?

The only other pan Indian party which could have provided an alternate government, the BJP, is in total disarray. On one side is the RSS which wants Hindu Raj. Its leader, Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, wants to see India go back to the male-dominated middle ages where women worked as unpaid labour and sex slaves in the homes. (RSS could not change their dress which was the dress of British India’s police in 1932 in 80 years. How can RSS connect with young India). He cannot accept women leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje or Uma Bharti as equals and works actively to sabotage them. He insists on RSS “pracharak” Nitin Gadhkari, under whose leadership BJP has lost every election except Goa, and who thinks it fit to make his driver and astrologer directors in his company (no law against it but would Tatas, Ambani or any other business house in the world do a thing like that except to cheat on taxes or do money laundering) to continue as president.

RSS is an organization which has no following outside the states of Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and no following among women and the youth who form the majority of the country. On the other side is the secular BJP with leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Yashwant Sinha to name a few, educated broadminded leaders of men who are acceptable to all sections of India and most regional parties as partners. This secular BJP is the only hope of those who want to see the end of Congress rule. Unless RSS stops interfering with secular BJP and gives it all support it can, BJP will win less seats in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections than it did in 2009.  

Congress Party is not led by fools

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President, is a leader of the masses. Many of her initiatives like the “Rights of Tribals to forest land and produce; MNREGA; environmental protection; food security” are people oriented and laudable. Unfortunately, like her husband, she seems to be unable to stem the march of corruption, crony capitalism, nepotism, sychophancy and neo-liberalism. But she is no fool. She realizes that Congress on its own will not win enough seats to form the government after 2014 elections. So she is looking for allies.

 

Conclusion

NCP, SP and BSP are already with Congress. There is nothing to prevent BJD, JDU, AIDMK, YSR Congress, TRS, JMM, MNS, TMC, CPI and CPM from joining Congress and gaining a share of the pie. In any case they cannot and will not join RSS dominated Hindutva-oriented BJP. Unless BJP can visibly establish that it is secular and not the B team of RSS by fielding Sushma Swaraj for PM and giving seats to Muslim and Christian candidates in the North East and the South like they did in Goa, Congress will continue to rule for ever.

That may not necessarily be a bad thing. What India needs and patriotic Indians want is good governance. We want a government that is responsive to the needs of the ordinary people and not only to the rich and powerful. We want a government that will reign in corruption, criminalization of politics, nepotism, crony capitalism and neo-liberalism. We want police reforms. We want economic and foreign policy that is in the best interest of the country and ensures that we are not economically colonized.

If Congress can provide such a government, why should it not rule India forever? I am ready to have a 100 years of Congress government than five years of Mohan Bhagwat and his RSS, Mulayam Singh or Mayawati.

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A citizen journalist is also supposed to maintain certain balance and speak with facts and figures. Col. Sarkar's article is more of rant and rave and not really serious critique. At best it could have found space in some reader response column where rabid anti and pro secular/pseudo seculars shout at each other. I have no problem with Col Sarkar criticising BJP or RSS Or supporting Congress. But, atleast facts should be clear and not scoot and run comments. e.g. it has been accepted by even critics of RSS (notably Sagarika Ghosh e.g.) who regretted in her twitter ac that he was quoted in a selective manner, out of context and that is not what he said. Her colleague went on to confirm that the stringer was sacked for incomplete reporting. And still Col Sarkar (claiming to be a journalist - even if by hobby) talks of RSS Chief Mr. Mohan Bhagwat in same vein. Please visit youtube and hear his full speech. This is not place to quote that lecture. His claim that RSS has no base outside Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan is laughable. He has, ofcourse, read about 1 lac strong gathering in uniform in Kerala (of all the places) about one year back. He has not cared to read RSS Gen. Secretary report about RSS membership and shakha numbers in his annual report. (Please visit RSS website for more info). He is not aware that even leftist heaven had a gathering of 13000 youth only last month in an RSS camp to commemorate Swami Vivekanand's 150th birth anniversary. He is not aware of the fantastic work RSS has done in its social service projects including in remote areas of North East and J&K, mostly for tribals and deprived sections. He has presumably not read about various youth, labour and women organizations working as associates of RSS. And the joke is that till he was active Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee clearly stated that he is an RSS pracharak. Mr. Advani has never disowned his love and membership of RSS. So, this split of secular and Hinduvadi in BJP is figment of his imagination. There are differences, but he reasons are different. Perhaps they are too nuanced for a Mr. Sarkar to fathom. I generally, dont go aggressive when criticising a fellow citizen. But, his swipe at Mr. Mohan Bhagwat on totally biased reporting made a little heavy handed. I request Mr. Sarkar to write with more balance next time. If Congress rules for coming ages, I have no problems. If BJP is able to resolve its problems, I will be equally happy. But, let us, educated people take an educated, balanced view of social and political life of India i.e. Bharat.
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