Rahul, the future of the Congress
Back from a vacation. Regular blogging will now resume.
We hear that the newly crowned General Secretary of the Congress party, Mr Rahul Gandhi wants to restore the old glory days of the party.
First, Reality Check welcomes the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as the General Secretary of the AICC. I would much rather have any future Congress government directly led by either Rahul or Sonia (or Priyanka or Robert Vadra or their relatives). The rest of the partymen like Dr Singh, Abishek Singhvi, Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram represent a peculiar type of creature (exhibiting characteristics ranging from a farm animal to a highly loyal and intelligent pet).
However, he is either incredibly naive or extremely forthright when he says :
Asserting that the only identity of Indians as far as he was concerned is their nationality — and not their religion or caste — he said if there was anything that divided India it was opportunity. Of the view that it was access to opportunity which determined the fate of an individual and thereby divided the country into haves and have-nots, the newly appointed general secretary said pro-poor policies should not be seen as charity.
Source : The Hindu
Dear Rahul, you are right on target of course. Why did you not speak up in the Lok Sabha when your HRD Minister Arjun Singh uncleji, and your southern allies were pushing for dividing the country along caste and religious lines ? Lines that they decide where to draw and a line that is not dependent on any actual data. Why did you not support Youth For Equality, who only wanted a full socio-educational-economic analysis of beneficiaries ? In contrast to your father, you did not speak up when it mattered. Do you remember the one person (in a full house of 545) who spoke up about the dangers of dividing the country along caste and religious lines ? This little known MP (Mr Tatagatha Satpathy of the BJD Orissa) knew the dangers of divisive politics.
You have to keep your peace now.
I am afraid the electoral scene is messed up for you. How on earth are you going to get a Yadav to vote for you instead of Laloo, a Vanniyar to vote for you instead of a Ramadoss ? Muslims and Christians or TN are deeply indebted to the DMK for blessing them with a religious quota, same for Muslims of AP. Repeat this story with the Kurmis, Jats, Lingayats, Ezhavas, Muslims of Kerala, Gujjars. The number of people who truly vote on issues / ideology has become miniscule in this country. There are a few educated jean-wearing youth, but they have access to the internet these days and they are surely not going to buy the aam-aadmi talk at face value. So that leaves you with ….. ?
You cannot hope to win divided public votes any more, like your grandma used to in the good old days. You can only hope to strike deals with their leaders. Power still tastes good, but you now need an antacid to go with it ?
This is not about opportunity, or about poverty, or about social justice.
Did no one tell you about the number one national secret ?