Thursday, May 9, 2013

Can Congress be defeated!!!

The rules of the great Indian political game were decided by Congress when India got independence. Congress being the oldest party and having ruled India for maximum number of years penetrated the Indian system so deeply that any other political organization attempting to enter in that 'holy' space has to face hurdles at every step. This system allows congress to commit any blunder and go away with it but even if a minor mistake is committed by opposition to congress, they are admonished to such extent that they lose the political acumen needed to rule a diverse nation like India. 

Best example would be fall of BJP state government of Delhi in 1998 just because of sky rocketing prices of onion, yes just an onion can make you cry. High inflation rates and prices of every commodity were going out of the reach of the people and still congress won in 2009 with better margin. So the question is why Congress wins in spite of such things, the answer is ‘System is run by Congress’. 

Congress is not just a political party but it is a phenomenon which can fit into one ideology and that is ‘opportunism’. In any society opportunist class has always more chances to gather strength as this class is ready to change position at drop of a hat. This is the reason, congress claims itself to be secular and still presides over several riots and nobody tags their leaders as mass murderers, defies court order and prefers to go with Islamists in place of a 80 years old ShahBano. The same intellectual class praises Rajeev Gandhi as Vikash Purush but writes tons of papers about Modi ‘the mass murderer’.

If you dream of an India which should be in the league of world super powers and fire of nationalism burns in your heart then you must defeat congress.  congress is not a party but a moth that will hollow the nation to its core.
Question that should be answered before finding the way to defeat congress is ‘Can congress be defeated’?

Yes it can be defeated and sent into political oblivion but it is easy said than done. It is a party which can get support of any political party, left, right and centre and still sustain its vote bank. Its presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee can be supported by Shiv Sena and still remain a secular choice, its Government can have support from Muslim organizations known for their separatist views and still remain secular. In summary congress can get breathing space anywhere it wants and sustain itself politically. It is like a chameleon which can change colors according to the needs and that is the basic reason for survival of congress for so long in the polity of India. One Indira is assassinated another Rajiv takes over and makes record of winning 2/3 rd majority in parliament. One Rajiv is assassinated another Sonia can be used to revive congress.

But in present scenario Gandhi family has become a tool which can be utilized to fool the people of India and while they remain as the political face of congress, the coterie continues to profit. When we see Rahul Gandhi and his antics, doesn’t he seem like a reluctant puppet that is being forced by his puppeteers to dance on their tune? When he goes to huts of dalit families to have food purchased from haldiram’s just for the sake of photo session, does he look natural at all? Doing something on his own? I don’t think so.

how we can defeat congress, Firstly we have to know the adversary and It is not Rahul Gandhi but the congress phenomenon. It can be only defeated by offering a different option to the people which should be based on ‘over all development for all and appeasement for none’ policy and a feeling of pride of being citizen of a world power.
Opportunist class has one very basic drawback and that is mediocrity. Sibbal could never become HRD minister with ‘zero loss’ IQ if he was in BJP or Renuka Chaudhary could never be called even a state level leader in BJP. The reason is that congress has a lot of mediocre space to fill up. No Manmohan Singh could become PM of India if it was a BJP government. So mediocres get solace in congress, people who need political support to advance in life will always prefer congress over BJP. Only those people who are self made, earning their livelihood without any support will think of infrastructure development or a strong army or an educated society.
No Sagarika Ghosh would sustain as a journalist if she would support nationalist ideology. No Ram Guha would become renowned historian by writing books if his approach was nationalist, No Pratibha patil would become President of India by taking care of Indira’s Kitchen. So the point is that mediocre people in search of crèches find congress as a right place. And please don’t try to convince these people as they know that their priorities are different and they just pretend to be asleep when the nation is being looted. You can never win a debate with an opportunist as his logics don’t need to be logical. This is why, Modi needs to give figures and facts in his speeches but Rahul can be applauded even if he says ‘India me computer kaun laya’. 

The biggest example of mediocrity in recent times can be none other than Rahul Gandhi. Could Rahul become Youth Icon if he was in BJP or his name was Rahul Vinci in the popular perception? The Answer is a big ‘NO’. This is what we need to aim at..Our adversary is this mediocre but opportunist phenomenon.
Only those people are able to be part of the nationalist phenomenon,  who have guts to swim against the current and can sacrifice pleasures of opportunism.

To find ways to make the nationalist forces victorious, we need people who don’t see politics as a ladder for personal agendas but they find happiness when India grows, those people whose eyes get wet hearing the national anthem of India, whose heart cry when a soldier dies on the border, those who are not ashamed of Indian history and try to revive the lost glory, The people who are ready to sacrifice for the nation and the people who get agitated when a bomb blast occurs. These are people who want nationalist ideas to become main stream. People who dream of India as a nation with equal rights for all and appeasement of none.

What should be the path so that nationalism gets over opportunism?
It happened last in 1999 when AB Vajpayee defeated the congress  and created several bench marks, India became a nuclear power, we sustained growth rate of 8 percent and crossed the Rubicon of third world to first world by presenting ourselves as a rising super power. BJP was convinced to get reelected and was so confident that held the elections earlier than scheduled and unexpectedly lost it to Congress.
perception vs reality
The ‘Shining India’ campaign was countered by congress as a waste of money by having bigger budget for B&W ‘aam aadmi ko kya mila’ campaign and congress successfully created the perception of no growth for ‘Aam Aadmi’.
Reason of Congress victory is a vote bank and skill to present itself as a party for poors in spite of its leaders spending hundreds of crores on Holiday trips and number of scams rising day by day.
Till now no political party has been able to challenge Congress for a long period and it has won elections after elections by using the same formula of rhetoric over proven facts.

But one party or we can say ideological group that has kept congress out of power are communists and the places are West Bengal and Tripura. Even if Communism failed as an ideology, few lessons can always be learnt from the Communists in West Bengal. What are the reasons communists kept congress away from power for 37 long years in spite of no change in the condition of life of common man? The answer is organization. The communist party has been so well organized that it is not the individual upon whom their power rests but it lies in the cadre base. The cadre base which is deep rooted and every polling booth is well represented. These cadres are no fan of political faces of party but they get directions from the organization. Polit bureau with many unelected but ideological leaders take decisions and even chief Ministers have to follow their diktats. Nobody is treated as a demigod and every cadre knows his importance.

vajpayee ji at pokhran test site
The same thing if you look for in BJP, it is missing, in spite of having a mother organization with a cadre base in hundreds of thousands and a pool of thinkers and ideologically devoted pracharaks, BJP loses opportunities so often. In spite of Vajpayee being so charismatic and having a galaxy of leaders, BJP was unable to win again and is unable to grab and sustain power. Even if it wins, it is unable to handle the power. The simple reason is over dependence on personalities.BS yedurappa brings party to power but fallacy of a single man and personal corruption  allegations put the future of BJP in Karnataka at stake.

One vasundhara raje is annoyed and BJP loses whole Rajasthan. One Kalyan Singh is sulking and Gangotri of BJP rise UP is lost. One Babulal Marandi is ousted and Jharkhand which used to be a BJP stronghold needs to be ruled in coalition. The point is simple. Over dependence upon individuals creates situations where cadres are neglected and individual worship gets stronger.

There is dependence on such individuals for whom their self ego is more important than party’s future. BJP is unable to rusticate them. In such situation, all the cadres who work tirelessly at ground level are forced to lose their morale when their hard work goes futile. The reason is ignorance of cadres’ morale. If Ground level work is done, BJP will be strong enough to challenge and defeat the Congress phenomenon. The leadership should grow from the bottom, cadre base should penetrate the society in such way that every house has a cadre who ensures that nobody of his/her family misses to vote, and knows about the development happening in BJP run states.

A cadre is not a fan boy who will vote for his hero and the moment the hero is out of scene, he will lose interest. A cadre is someone who will hold the fort in any adverse situation; Cadre is the person who will bring the ideas to every home, so that people don’t get facts distorted by Media. A disciplined cadre can sacrifice for his ideology and would be happy to go to remote areas and create new bastions of BJP. For whom Tripura would be more important than Gujarat.

A cadre should be selfless and his reasons to be part of the organization should not include government tenders which are alotted to congress supporters so that they remain loyal to congress. His soul reason should be fire inside the cadre to revive the lost glory of India. If BJP is able to make such cadres in every house, then only they can be certain to defeat congress and its opportunist class. 
once a congressi always a congressi.
If AB vajyapee who could mesmerize audiences through his wit and poetry failed to win again, any other leader cannot claim to be confident enough to defeat the nationwide congress phenomenon. Even if we take example of Gujarat, It has been a strong hold of BJP much before Narendra Modi became CM of Gujarat. He got a stable government without any compulsion of coalition parties. A state which has potential to grow and as it needed a good administrator, Narendra Modi proved himself to be an excellent administrator. But reality of Gujarat is not similar to Reality of India. The level of expectations of the fans of Modi is so high that he will have to really create a miracle to repeat the magic of Gujarat. Even if BJP comes in power, it won't be a single party Government and If BJP decides to put Modi on PM chair, he will have to learn to concede at many fronts to let the govt continue and will have to learn to handle the pressures and tantrums of Allies.

The arrogance of some BJP supporters that no Nitish is needed is just because they don't do grass root permutations and combinations. If Nitish leaves NDA just because of Modi, he will get the whole chunk of Muslim vote and when combined with his OBC votes, Nitish won't need BJP urban voters to win in 40 seats of Bihar but his 30+ seats will completely turn the situation and make BJP redundant In Bihar as it happened in UP. Nitish is just an example, BJP has gradually lost in several states, be it Orissa, UP, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and may be in Bihar in future due to over dependence upon their state level allies,. 

This trend can be stopped only by one thing and that is making the nationalist ideology as the supreme source of inspiration and not allow any individual overshadow the organization. Organization should remain supreme and the core group like a polit bureau should decide the Face of organization. Face need not be a mass leader; don't forget that Indian mass can defeat excellent leaders like Ram Naik for film actor Govinda

So electoral face can be anybody, anybody who has a good image, fits in the social engineering but the control should always remain in the hands of the core group which is invisible for the masses but source of inspiration for the cadres. Cadres should connect and feel comfortable with the core group

Take a hypothetical situation of Karnataka, if Yedurappa won't have fallen in the trap of power, he could be a national level leader who brought BJP in power. How perfect would be the situation if BJP would have put someone with no cadre support but proven administration skills in CM chair. The face of the party can be changed and organization would remain unscathed. But alas we lost a very strong leader BS yedurappa who brought BJP in power just because of unproved allegations of corruption of few crores. As it is said, Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so the core ideological group should remain away from vote based politics and only work among cadres, their objective should be to make ideologically strong cadres and votes can be garnered even if you project a Sachin Tendulkar but organization should take the decisions.

Once we stop falling into the trap of electoral politics and we don’t judge the leader’s strength by his wining ability, we will have a strong organization, and a cohesive force to challenge the corrupt system and change it. Till now India has not had a single Dalit PM, why don't we find a dalit face as PM candidate and mobilize the whole down trodden section in the favor of BJP. Narendra modi can get votes of BJP minded people who will vote for BJP even if candidate is Kalam or a dalit or an adivasi leader but Narendra modi won't get support of that section which doesn't vote on issue of development but identity. No dalit of UP will vote for BJP till mayawati is there, No Muslim will vote for BJP till opportunist media pumps them with the fear psychosis of anti Muslim stand of BJP. Organization can always be run by core group which should have clear ideological aims. Who doesn't need to sacrifice with ideology for sake of position? Advani won't have lost respect of many cadres if he had not dropped the demand of Ram temple for accommodating the allies and to increase his acceptance among masses. 

I fear the same thing will happen if Modi has to compromise on certain values just to remain in power and this is a dangerous situation when the cadre loses the confidence. If masses lose confidence on face of the party, he can be replaced. Congress is doing the same, MMS can be used and thrown whenever the need. Congress uses the ‘CHEHRA’ to loot the nation and we should use the ‘CHEHRA’ to push our goal of nation's development but development along with revival of our lost values.

The leaders who have sacrificed official posts have always got more respect in our society. I don’t mean any disrespect to any leader by putting these leaders in same paragraph but Mahatma Gandhi, Jaiprakash Narayan, Martin Luther King, Che Guevara have one thing in common. They never accepted any official post and it definitely played a very important role how world perceives them. No Mumbai would have stopped  at his funeral if Bal Thakrey would have become CM of Maharastra.

Leaders like Narendra Modi who energizes the cadres and power is not corrupting them, such leaders should take the back seat and play the role of puppeteer. They should play the role of auditors of the development work done by the faces of the party. A leader who gets out of electoral politics and enters the core group should take it as an honor. This is the way we can keep BJP clean of opportunists and get closer to our goal. VANDE MATARAM.

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Anonymous said...

The author thinks Nitish Kumar will win 30 seats by Muslim votes. He is day dreaming. Author also thinks those who work hard to bring back the party in power should give the power to unworthy people. Thats a fraud. People of India should not accept that samantwadi attitude now. One Gandhi gave power to one Nehru and we know what happened. So even thinking about this shows intellectual dishonesty of author. Author want rule by a mediocre. And citing example of West Bengal is ridiculous to say the least. You don't glorify failed experiments. I hope author will give examples of success stories instead of bloody commie rules.

navneet kumar said...

Dear Anonymous, thanks for the feedback. only that if take one example, it is only for one aspect not in totality.. No example is best here but we can look for american model where presidents change but polity remains same and organizations are not blackmailed by individuals. Author wrote whole article bashing the mediocrity then how come you derived that he wants rule by a mediocre. simple fact that leaders who are more popular among cadres due to idiological conviction are not that popular among the masses. A leader can always remain powerful by being a king maker rather than falling in the trap of fighting for the king's chair as it diminishes his aura, recent example is yedurappa.

Amogh Arlekar said...

sanghatan mein shakti hai!