Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RAHUL RISING / India Today, August 23, 2010

In the Indian political lore, the reluctant prince is an unusual character, an alluring anomaly amidst those who thrive in entitlements. His existential badge of I'm-not-ready-yet is all the more exceptional because he is the chosen one of India's oldest party whose evolutionary saga is inseparable from the fortunes of India's first family in politics. He is the heir to a political tradition that has put the supremacy of genealogy above ideology.
His bloodline is his ticket to power; his surname is his highest political qualification. Still, Rahul Gandhi is a profile in patience; his modesty is in conflict with his ancestral privileges. India, though, is impatient; it wants more of him. In the INDIA TODAY Mood of the Nation Poll, he gets the maximum votes as prime ministerial candidate.

It is not the enigma of the mother but the mystique of the son that is turning out to be the biggest political asset of the Congress. It is the psephological equivalent of matricide as Rahul dislodges Sonia to the third slot. (Not surprisingly, the popularity of Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to be intact even though he has retired from public life.) The enormity of Rahul's popularity is further magnified by the shrinking acceptability of Manmohan Singh as prime minister. In public perception, Manmohan is nothing more than a dutiful figure of transition; and to be fair, the man has never had any exaggerated notion about himself as an overwhelming political presence. His fall is so drastic and certainly embarrassing for him in his sixth year as prime minister that there seems be a clear case of disconnect between the much marketed moderniser and the unforgiving Indian public. A loser even in urban India and in his home state of Punjab, Manmohan has been condemned to 13th position. Of the 21 per cent gain in Rahul's popularity, 17 comes from Manmohan's and two from Sonia. There is only one message: Brand Manmohan has already passed its use-by date and the voters want the family (read Rahul) back in power.

The political reality of a rising Rahul eroding the popularity of Sonia and Manmohan not only brings out the shifting axis of authority within the Congress. It also tells the changing dynamics of the dynasty. It is often said that too much sunshine should not be allowed to fall on the mystique, and Sonia Gandhi seems to have taken it literally. Despite being one of the most powerful politicians in the world, she is still not comfortable in the public eye. The Sonia enigma is born out of that cultivated aura of inaccessibility. The second Mrs G in the making has not obviously learnt the art of emotionally connecting with the masses from the original. It looks like the grandson has gained more from the family album.

That said, the rising Rahul marks a definitive shift from the family script. Most Gandhis before him were children of destiny. Indira was made the president of the party when she was 40 by Nehru; Rajiv's political career began in the glow of his mother's funeral pyre. And Sonia acquired her political legitimacy as the widow of an assassinated Gandhi. Rahul has created his own syllabus for his political graduation, and he has chosen Uttar Pradesh, the home state of his ancestry, as his karmabhoomi. His Discover-India picaresque has made him a favourite of both India and Bharat. And he has a voice of his own, distinctive and daring, and often at variance with the party's.

His patience is not in tune with the political zeitgeist, and six years of apprenticeship and still waiting for the right moment at the age of 40 can be mistaken for diffidence at a time when the president of the United States has just celebrated his 49th birthday, when the prime minister of the UK is only 43. For the Rahulites within the party, it is as if the crown prince is still passing through his political adolescence. As our survey shows, in India, where over 70 per cent of the electorate is below the age of 35, he is the ideal as well as the alternative. And tellingly, Rahul's rise is not matched by his party. For the young, he embodies the politics of change, though he has not proved his ability to win elections beyond Uttar Pradesh and we have not yet heard from him his vision for 21st century India, which is today waiting for Prime Minister Rahul Gandhi.
India is ready. Is he?

4 comments:

muslim bhagawat said...

WHAT IS RAHUL GANDHI-AN MP OF CONGRESS,SON OF SONIA-RAJIV AND GRAND SON OF INDIRA AND GREAT GRAND SON OF JLNEHRU.BUT WHAT IS HIS QUALIFICATION IN BECOMING THE SCION OF INDIAN EMPEROR.NOW WE ARE RULING BY THE EMPEROR JAWAHARLAL NEHRU WHO BROUGHT US FREEDOM FROM BRITISH TO RULE US BY HIS SUCCESSORS.DAUGHTER OF NEHRU-INDIRA GANDHI HER SON RAJIV GANDHI AND HER WIFE SONIA GANDHI AND LATER ON HER SON.SO IS NOT WE ARE ENJOYING OUR FREEDOM FROM THE PRINCELY RULE WHCH WE HAVE SAID TO HAVE THROWN AWAY IN 1947.

RAHUL GANDHI HAS NO QUALITITATIVE CHARM FOR TEH NEXT PM.HE LACKS ALL THE BASIC QULAITIES NEEDED FOR BEING THE PM OF INDIA.HE IS EXPERT IN PLAYING DIRTY POLITICS AND CREATING DRAMA AND HYPE.HE DONOT KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT.RECENTLY IN HARYANA HE DEALT WITH CORRUPTION BUT HE CANNOT TAKE ACTIONS ON THE CORRUPTS IN HIS PARTRY’S MINISTRY.ALL WORLD KNOWS TEH CORRUPTIONS IN CWG GAMES,TELECOM 2G SPECTRUM ALLOCATION,FOOD SCAM BY PAWAR,SUGAR PRICE RISE BY PAWAR.BUT HE DIDNOT TOOK ANY ACTION ON THEM.HE IS TALIKING RUBBISH WHEN HE SAYS THAT HE ABHORS CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC LIGFE,BUT HAVE HE EVER DONE ANY CORRECTIVE MEASURES AS THE GENERALS ECY OF PARTY OR THE SCION OF GANDHI FAMILY.

HE DNOT GOES TOCONGRESS OR ITS COALITION GOVT STATES BUT GOES TO NON CONGRESS GOVT STATES TO MAKE THEM FOOLS.WE INDIAN ARE FOOLS TO LAY DOWN BEGGING BEFORE HIM.HE SHOWS HIS CHARM BY DRAMATISING HIS ACTIONS.HE SHOULDNOT EB IN POLITICS BUT IN SOAP OPERAS OF TV AND IN MOVIES OF BOLLYWOOD.

IF WE CHOSE HIM BY VOTING ITS PARTY IN NEXT ELECTION UR FUTURE MAY BE DOOEMD FOR ALL TIMES TO COME.WE NEEDNOT SUCCUMBS TO THE ACTINGS OF THE DRAMA ARTISTS-RAHUL GANDHI.

muslim bhagawat said...

THE UPA GOVT IS FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS. NO MINISTERS OBEYS THE PM.PAWAR AND PATEL ARE PM’S THEMSELVES, DMK MINISTERS ARE AT THEIR OWN AND WORKS ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN BENEFITS INCLUDING SABOTAGING THE GOVT.TMC IS ALSO NOT DOING ANY THING EXCEPT MAMATA BANNERJEE IMPROVING HER POPULARITY IN BENGAL FOR HER WIN IN ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS NEXT.WHO CARES FOR NATION. CAN A COUNTRY RUN IN THIS MANNER BY ANY PARTY. WHAT IS AILING IS THAT THE PM IS VERY WEAK,SOFT,DEMURE.HE SHOULD NOT BE AS SUCH. WEAKNESS CREATES MORE CORRUPTIONS AND THREATS. THE COALITIONS PARTIES ARE NOT GOING TO BREAK THE GOVT AS THEY HAVE THEIR PIES IN THE GOVT.BUT THEY JUST GOING ON THREATENING THIS WEAK PM.IT IS THE WEAKEST PM IN INDIAN HISTORY WHO SUCCUMBS TO PRESSURES OF COALITION PARTNERS AND ALLOWS THEM TO DO ANY THING THEY LIKE. WHEN A RAJA HAD DISOBEYED THE PM AND HIS ORDERS HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOWN THE DOOR AT THAT TIME BUT THE DELAY HAD DONE MORE DAMAGES. IT WOULD BE TERMED AS MOST IMPOTENT GOVT IN INDIAN HISTORY BY ITS WORKS.BUT WHO CARES.INDIAN HISTORY IS FULL OF SUCH GOVTS BUT FOR WHOM INDIA WOULD HAVE BEEN A SUPER POWER AS LIKE CHINA.IT IS TRUE THAT COALITION GOVT CAN CREATE SUCH PROBLEMS BUT IN NDA GOVT IT WAS NOT THERE.THE PM WAS IN FULL AUTHORITY AND NO MINISTER GOES AGAINST HIS ORDERS.THE CORRUPTION WAS MINIMAL.WE DONOT WANT TO EULOGISE THE NDA GOVT BUT THE FACT IS FACT AND THIS GOVT SHOULD LEARN A LESSON THAT POWER IN INDIA IS NOT PERMANENT AND EVERY FIVE YEARS THERE WOULD BE ELECTION AND IN 2014 THE CEC NAVEEN CHAWALA IS NOT THERE TO SAVE THE CONGRESS. THE PEOPLE CAN TOPPLE ANY GOVT IF THAT DO NOT SAVE THEM FROM CORRUPTION, ANARCHY, CHAOS,TERRORISM, HUNGER & FAIL TO ASSURE THEM THEIR SAFETY, LONGEVITY AND LIFE. SAVE YOUR PARTY AND NATION BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
WE WANT A STRONG AND VIBRANT INDIA WHEREIN ALL THE PEOPLE OF ALL THE FAITH’S REMAIN WITH PEACE AND TRANQUIL. BUT FOR THIS WE NEED TO AMEND ELECTION RULES OF INDIA AND PREVENT THE SMALL PARTIES FROM ENTERING THE LOK SABHA.THEY ARE FIT FOR THEIR STATES AND FROM THE STATE ASSEMBLY TO RAJYASABHA.BUT THESE STATE BASED PARTIES ARE UNFT FOR LOKASABHA. OUR CONSTITUTION MAKERS HAD NOT VISUALISED SUCH AN SITUATION WHEREIN THE SMALLER PARTIES ARE GETTING THE BIG PARTIES LIKE CONGRESS AND BJP UNDER THEIR KNEES BEFORE THEM. THE VOTERS ARE HIGHLY ANTAGONISTIC AND MALLEABLE. THEY DONOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN A NATIONAL LEVEL PARTY AND STATE LEVEL PARTY AND STATE LEVEL PARTIES SPENDING HUGE MONEY TO GET THEIR CANDIDATES ELECTED TO LOKASABHA TO BARGAIN FOR POWER AND MONEY BY BLACKMAIL AND EXTORTION.THESE PARTIES ARE MILKING THE NATIONAL LAVEL PARTIES I.E CONGRESS AND BJP.IN INDIA ONLY TWO PARTIES ARE NATIONAL LEVEL PARTIES HAVING OAN INDIAN BASE ALL OVER INDIA. BJP HAD 8 STATES RULE WITH TWO COALITIONS AND CONGRESS HAS 7 OR 8 STATE WITH COALITIONS.BUT IN CENTRE NOW CONGRESS IS IN A COALITION WITH DMK,TMC,NCP AND MANY MULSIM PARTIES.SO IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT WE ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE UNSCRUPLOUS LEADERS OF THESE SMALLER PARTIES.PARTIES LIKE BSP,SP,LJP,RJD,BJD,DMK,TMC,NCP,CPI,CPM,FB,SUCI ARE ALL SMALL AND STATE BASED PARTIES .THEY HAVE NO PAN INDIA PRESENCE.BUT OUR ELECTION RULES DIDNOT PROHIBIT THEM FROM FIGHTING ELECTIONS TO LOKASBHA.THEY SHOULD BE PREVENTED AND PROHIBITED TO CONTEST ELECTION TO LOKASABHA AS THEY HAVE NOT GAINED NEEDED VOTING PERCENTAGE ON ALL INDIA BASIS.THE VOTING PERCENTAGE BE FIXED AT 25% OF POPULAR VOTES TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT A LOKSABHA ELECTION. ANY PARTY BELOW 25% BE PROHIBITED TO CONTEST THE ELECTION TO LOKSABHA SEATS. BY THIS THE TRUE DEMOCRACY BE FRUCTIFIED IN OUR COUNTRY. THE ELECTORATES WOULD ELECT EITHER OF THE TWO NATIONAL PARTIES ON THEIR PERFORMANCE. IT WOULD ALSO SHOW A STRENGTHENED INDIA.IF INDIA WOULD HAVE TO BE FREE FROM THE BLACKMAILER,TRADERS POLITICIANS WE HAVE TO ENACT SUCH RULES AND PREVENT THEM.WITHOUT THESE STRONG MEASURES WE CANNOT GET RID OF THESE UBSCRUPLOUS POLITICIANS.

Sanjeev Kumar said...

Mr. Prabhu Chawla is representing The Sycophant Today. He surely knows to be on the right side of right people. He is one of the worst editor / journalist, a high class flatterer and a shame on journalistic values.

DDSHARMA said...

WHEN A CHILD SPEAKS AND PLAYS ANYWAY RIGHT OR WRONG ALL FAMILY MEMBERS AND VIEWER APPRECIATE TO HIM BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. THEY IGNORE ALL MISTAKES. SO ALL SEE THE ACTIVITIES AND ENJOY. I THINK THIS IS HAPPENING WITH SHRI RAHUL JI. HE DNOT KNOW WHAT HE IS SAYING.HE IS NOT READY FOR EVEN A PANCHAYAT ELECTION.