Directionless Congress

BJP is committed to its ideology on Kashmir. The Sangh used Kashmir as a tool to spread propaganda of ‘Muslim’ ‘appeasment’ over and over again. The stories of Shayama Prasad Mukherjee’s death reverberate their discussion. So, we should not mind when they are in power, they will do everything to please their core voter. So, it is not about Kashmiri people particularly Kashmiri Muslims but Kashmir’s resources and ’empowering’ the Kashmiri Pandits. For them the best days are of the Dogara rule which never treated Muslims as equal citizens of the state.

Problem is with absolute bankruptcy of the Congress Party which has ruled this country for over 50 years. Its inability to defend its tall leaders of the independence movement and explain to the people as how Jammu and Kashmir was an important part of India, how it acceded to India and why it is essential to have a soothing balm in the valley. As I said, Parliament’s supremacy is there but in terms of values and ethics, it is also important for parliament to bring people into confidence and raise the issues in parliament.

Question is if the government want to do what it wish, why are the leaders in jail, why is communication blockade. Why is that the home minister tells the parliament that Dr Farookh Abdullah is not detained or arrested while he is. Isnt it the breach of privilege and hiding facts for the Parliament but then nothing will happen. This is how Congress worked in past and the BJP is just taking a leaf out of that.

The Congress is unable to clean itself completely. The leaders are ready to embarrass the party and taking line against official position. Leaders have shown their opportunism. The chamchas who kept quiet all these years on important issues are showing their ‘spine’ now. Congress enjoyed the chamchas but they will only work when the party is in power. Chamchas cant really tolerate being kept in silence and they would only shout when it means something.

The savarna dominant congress is no difference than BJP. They are unable to take the Hindutva head on and their condition look pathetic. The absence of a sound and strong ideological ground of the average Congress person is responsible for this crisis. Politicians proved that they want to remain in power by hook or by crook and you cant expect vision and principles from them. It is this lack of vision, where the average congress workers look like the B team of the BJP. He cant defend the Muslims. He or she cant speak ideologically against the imposition of the vaidik cultural values on all. He cant speak against the current dispensation on nationalism. Congress would not like to give Muslims even representation in party structure. They wont speak on assault against reservation, the privatisation of job, issue of adivasis and OBCs. For all this, Congress will need a new dyanamic leadership which can emerge from these segments.

But then Congress would always nurture people like Janardan Dwivedi kind of people who are showing their true brahmanical colors. After enjoying all fruits of power without accountability, they claiming how he is committed to Lohia. It is nothing but a future strategy for Uttar Pradesh.

Frankly speaking , Scindia, Tiwari, Deoria might look great to Barakha Dutt kind of people but they cant do anything to rejuvenate the party. The position taken by Amerinder Singh on various issues is much better than any other political leader. Perhaps it is people like him, who can take this group head on but then Amrinder’s acceptability is not much beyond Punjab.

The question is not about who is going to be the leader but playing your role well in Parliament. Congress so far has failed to play even the role of opposition in parliament. With leaders speaking in 20 different direction, the headless congress is clearly visible and proving one thing that it can only get united under Gandhi family. In the absence of a Gandhi, Congress is bound to not only fail but split. Congress will have to develop democratic culture and new leadership in state to survive otherwise it will not merely fail itself as it is happening but also make itself irrelevant politically in current context if it fails to raise the issues of common concerns of the people.

Vidya Bhushan Rawat