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Karnataka, Kamal and Kamal Nath: BJP’s opponents under constant pressure

Union minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted removing Kamal Nath from the post of MP CM for his involvement in 1984 Sikh riots case but it has a bigger political implication both for the BJP and the Congress alike. What is that?

The Congress has been accusing the BJP of its alleged intention of destabilizing Congress governments in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after Karnataka government was taken over by the BJP replacing the Congress. Actually it has been NaMo-Shah strategy to keep their opponents on tenterhooks by keeping them under pressure. This seems to be the approach towards these states as well.

However, the BJP is in no position to do anything in Chhattisgarh but yes in MP they might do something if not topple the government, speculation is rife that Jyotiraditya Scindia may replace Kamal Nath in MP as Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP will have its own bearing the party and the BJP would eschew to go for any such move. A crippled non-performing government equally suits the BJP.

Not opening many fronts at the same time, the BJP will go slow in Rajasthan as Sachin Pilot has not forgotten that he was denied his due as CM’s post was given to Ashok Gehlot but Sachin will have to wait for some more time. This is clear that the NDA leadership does not do anything in such a way that anyone can read, understand or fathom their next move.

11 Sep 2019
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Time for Congress to put its acts together as it is running out of time!

New Delhi: Over stretching drama in the Congress over the leadership issue may cost the party not only the Karnataka government but also further damage its chances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and later in West Bengal. Over a month has passed but the Congress leaders have failed to reach any amicable solution to the issue of leadership to take on the BJP.

 

Crisis in Karnataka is a big setback for the party as it is present there with its fundamental strength but it appears to be orphaned in the state and local leaderships are calling shorts with limited prudence. On the other hand disgruntled leaders are not ready to listen to people who are at par with them in many ways.

 

In Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come out in open to say that unsettled leadership issue is hampering talks on alliance and just three months are left for them. The Congress that ruled Haryana just before the BJP government in the state came to power seems to be alien to the state and there is no activity of the party because they are not only seeking guidance but go ahead on several issues. Jharkhand too where the party has the scope to occupy some opposition space did not move even a bit.

 

Delhi still has some better chances and its vote share was showing an upward trend but recent development in the party has once again left the party in doldrums. Not only the party workers but voters too need some confidence in the party that they want to vote for to challenge opponents but this is completely missing from the Congress.

 

Political analysts say that any institution is bigger than individual and if the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind then the party leadership must put their acts together to built up the party one state by another state instead of trying to please the outgoing chief of the party who obviously is not liking all these things.

 

It is vision that will matter for the Congress that is in tatters. So the Congress must put its acts together for the betterment of the Congress that has a long history of ups and downs but it has never been out at any point in time. The party leadership must also contemplate that elections can be won or lost in six months but reviving something needs little more efforts and time so the Congress needs to work accordingly.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

07 Jul 2019
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Karnataka, Kamal and Kamal Nath: BJP’s opponents under constant pressure

By IndianMandarins 11 Sep 2019

Union minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted removing Kamal Nath from the post of MP CM for his involvement in 1984 Sikh riots case but it has a bigger political implication both for the BJP and the Congress alike. What is that?

The Congress has been accusing the BJP of its alleged intention of destabilizing Congress governments in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after Karnataka government was taken over by the BJP replacing the Congress. Actually it has been NaMo-Shah strategy to keep their opponents on tenterhooks by keeping them under pressure. This seems to be the approach towards these states as well.

However, the BJP is in no position to do anything in Chhattisgarh but yes in MP they might do something if not topple the government, speculation is rife that Jyotiraditya Scindia may replace Kamal Nath in MP as Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP will have its own bearing the party and the BJP would eschew to go for any such move. A crippled non-performing government equally suits the BJP.

Not opening many fronts at the same time, the BJP will go slow in Rajasthan as Sachin Pilot has not forgotten that he was denied his due as CM’s post was given to Ashok Gehlot but Sachin will have to wait for some more time. This is clear that the NDA leadership does not do anything in such a way that anyone can read, understand or fathom their next move.

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Time for Congress to put its acts together as it is running out of time!

By IndianMandarins 07 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Over stretching drama in the Congress over the leadership issue may cost the party not only the Karnataka government but also further damage its chances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and later in West Bengal. Over a month has passed but the Congress leaders have failed to reach any amicable solution to the issue of leadership to take on the BJP.

 

Crisis in Karnataka is a big setback for the party as it is present there with its fundamental strength but it appears to be orphaned in the state and local leaderships are calling shorts with limited prudence. On the other hand disgruntled leaders are not ready to listen to people who are at par with them in many ways.

 

In Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come out in open to say that unsettled leadership issue is hampering talks on alliance and just three months are left for them. The Congress that ruled Haryana just before the BJP government in the state came to power seems to be alien to the state and there is no activity of the party because they are not only seeking guidance but go ahead on several issues. Jharkhand too where the party has the scope to occupy some opposition space did not move even a bit.

 

Delhi still has some better chances and its vote share was showing an upward trend but recent development in the party has once again left the party in doldrums. Not only the party workers but voters too need some confidence in the party that they want to vote for to challenge opponents but this is completely missing from the Congress.

 

Political analysts say that any institution is bigger than individual and if the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind then the party leadership must put their acts together to built up the party one state by another state instead of trying to please the outgoing chief of the party who obviously is not liking all these things.

 

It is vision that will matter for the Congress that is in tatters. So the Congress must put its acts together for the betterment of the Congress that has a long history of ups and downs but it has never been out at any point in time. The party leadership must also contemplate that elections can be won or lost in six months but reviving something needs little more efforts and time so the Congress needs to work accordingly.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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RaGa Vs Congress: A new chapter or a far cry?

By IndianMandarins 04 Jul 2019

The grand old party that Congress has always been somehow now appears to be poised to open a new chapter in its politics. This is what the four-page letter written and released by the party president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday evening targeting the party’s workers and well wishers has come to indicate. Yet, the question is about the precise nature of the task before the party. And it is obviously to make a break from its past and become a party of future.

 

This is important since Congress has mostly been trapped in its glorious history, emanating from its stellar role in the freedom movement and also through the decades thereafter when its leaders could rebuild the badly ravaged country due to centuries of colonial rule.

 

The tone and tenor of Rahul’s letter brings indications of his intention to clear party stables at its Central and State headquarters and set out the party leaders and hangers-on so that they face the public. This is a stupendous task given the years, nay decades, of inertia, complacency and easy ways that have come to beset the ranks of the party.

 

Through his letter Rahul points to the need of warhorses to put a fight to reclaim and redeem the country from the new and divisive course it is being set on rather than the top-heavy structure that Congress has been becoming in recent years.

 

Thus, Rahul talks of need for “radical transformation” of the party to resurrect institutions that, according to him, are coming under the influence of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He tries to present an alternative view of politics away from that of the RSS.

 

Thus, he says in his letter, “Congress Party must radically transform itself. Today the BJP is systematically crushing the voice of the Indian people. It is the duty of the Congress Party to defend these voices. India has never and will never be one voice. It is and always will be a symphony of voices. That is the true essence of Bharat Mata.”

 

Remarkable words though these are the battle cry that Rahul is trying to sound somehow takes the focus more towards society rather than to keep it on politics. And this is going to be no easy route to power since it has to go through the process of reforms for which the Congress does not seem to have a programme at least right now.

 

Rahul talks more about renunciation to put the party and its cadre in a selfless service mode than its ranks usual desire for power and influence. He says, “It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power, no one sacrifices power. But we will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle.”

 

Thus, the task that Rahul has marked for Congresspersons looks to be a tall order given their habitual reluctance to put themselves to hard work and their overdependence on party’s top leadership. This is how Rahul also justifies his decision to relinquish the highest post of the party. So post-Rahul Congress ranks will have to confront and grapple with reality, if they want to remain with the party. This is so despite the fact that the bulk of Congressmen have been insisting upon Rahul to relent and continue in his present position and thereby keep their zones of cool comfort unscathed.

(By Abid Shah)

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Rahul's Napoleon III moment

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2019

Even though Congress President Rahul Gandhi's moment of Napoleon III has arrived, he is unwilling to go in exile like the French ruler who presided over the destruction of the Bonaparte dynasty. And like the French ruler who once famously said that he represented a cause and a defeat - the cause was that of the empire and the defeat was the loss of the sovereignty of the people, Rahul in this  moment of  extreme disaster is harping on saving India from the so-called communal poison sowed by the BJP and an authoritarian state allegedly being ushered in by PM Narendra Modi.

 

The problem with his acolytes and admirers is that they believe in their own propaganda. And the efficacy of their propaganda on the so-called Khan Market Gang as the sure sign of their success in 'dismantling' the image of the PM as a person dedicated to the cause of the people and the nation.

 

Long before Rahul hit the dirt tracks of national poll campaign in 2019, sometime in 2018 around the time of some of the state elections, his media fans ran and played up a video in which he was seen practicing Aikido - a type of Japanese martial art. The video showed how he played himself up against a stronger opponent and trounced him without causing any injury to the opponent in line with Aikido's basic principle of not harming the opponent as he, too, being part of 'harmonious spirit.'

 

In real combat of politics, he, though, didn't live up to Aikido's philosophy of 'harmonious spirit.' Indeed, he did exactly the opposite by calling the PM names. Carried away by his visceral hatred for NaMo, he distorted even the Supreme Court's observation on Rafale for which he had to apologize to the court.

 

And the convincing electoral defeat seems to have rubbed more salt to his wounded vanity about being the only champion of secularism, farmers' rights, etc. The wound seems to have been so deep that he keeps repeating all the trashed charges against the PM as if he were in delirium.

 

Therefore, before he sets out on political restructuring of the Congress Party, he better understand and grasp the true philosophy of Aikido: to live a harmonious life. Which means, he better not get into avoidable conflicts with the BJP on the issues he creates and then tries to market them as the issues of the people. He had better start off respecting the survival instinct of the people, instead of relying on the advice of armchair theoreticians sitting in distant universities and of course, completely rid himself of the charm of his inner circles. In fact, he should truly become an Aikido monk if he wishes a place in India's public life and wishes to avoid a Napoleon III like catastrophe and consequent exile.

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Lone crusader Rahul fails as satraps fail to add him

By IndianMandarins 26 May 2019

Nothing could be a better offer than this that a non-Gandhi should be made president of the Congress by Rahul Gandhi. The Congress has failed to put up any great challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party but efforts made by Congress President cannot be in anyway undermined. And there is no doubt about the fact that Congress needs some drastic measure if it has to emerge from ashes like phoenix.

Rahul Gandhi has not only initiated the process by offering to resigning but also making it clear in no uncertain terms that leaders like Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot and P Chidambaram preferred their sons over the party. There are many more who have their other preferences. But the most noteworthy thing is that Rahul has done a very courageous thing to say it before CWC.

Moreover, this is a misnomer that he has an absolute power over the party rather his name is taken for ride by these leaders for their personal gains. He also expressed his displeasure over the fact that narrative built around by him on Rafale Deal was not properly supported by the Congress leadership.

People in the Congress say that he appeared like a lone crusader but all regional satraps did not add to his efforts rather harmed by their irresponsible statements. Rahul seems to have reached to the roots of the problem and his intentions are unquestionable so if he is able to deal with them or a group within the Congress foils his thoughts to become a reality is a long way to go as they are not dealt in one day.

Moreover, it seems that the reported statement made by UPA chairperson that Rahul needs to be given more power and faith is right. The Congress has succeed in increasing its seats but it must be understood that the lead taken by the Congress in a few states barely a few months ago like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh would not have been hold on to by regional satraps.

So blaming Rahul Gandhi for everything in not only unjustified but unfortunate and giving clean chit to those who are at the saddle by the herculean efforts of Rahul must also be introspect on.

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2019 Poll verdict: Congress pays the price of its poor politics despite better economics

By IndianMandarins 24 May 2019

The message that comes from the BJP and NDA’s landslide victory in Thursday’s poll count is that for winning elections politics and its message are more important than economics.

 

Congress may have shown promise on economic front and it also did better in fiscal terms when it was in power. Yet, the party has somehow turned out to be weak in political sphere. And this has helped quite a bit in giving the BJP Government a second term in office.

 

Despite being in the Opposition for past five years Congress could hardly take its fight with the Government to the people at the ground level except during late last year’s Assembly polls for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Even these gains were dissipated in the just concluded polls since the party is too top heavy with little support at the bottom to back it up.

 

In other words the party has a heavy command structure with a virtual army of Generals, Lieutenant-and-Major-Generals as happens in a military command structure but without any soldiers or foot workers to take down the message of the party to common voters. This has led to a situation where the team of Congress Generals may draw a better plan than the BJP or other rivals but the wherewithal to sell party’s plans and programmes to the people is either non-existent, or thrown out of gears.

 

Looking at the inefficacy of a promise like giving Rs 6000 a month to poor families under NYAY scheme by Congress just before the polls can help to explain this. The promise of the welfare programme with a universal reach for BPL families could not catch the imagination of the electorate though it was expected to rev up the economy besides helping the poorer sections of the society.

 

The Congress scheme could hardly catch voters’ imagination because of the party’s weak communication strategy and set up against BJP’s more assertive campaign that was also couched in Rs 6000 in a year Government dole for marginal farmers. Congress’ promise was trumped over despite offering 12 times as much in a year to not only farmers but also all those who lacked basic income for subsistence and survival both in rural as well as urban areas.

 

A meager dole for marginal farmers alone, excluding even the landless farmhands, with rich political content offered by the BJP somehow worked against Congress’ more well meaning scheme based on the concept of universal basic income to fight poverty. This has been so because of a better and politically charged rhetoric and the way it was communicated through the better part of the country, or through the poorer Hindi belt, by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Congress was nearly decimated because of this, though other reasons may too have contributed, through not only the Indo-Gangetic basin but also vast parts of Central and Western regions of the country. In the South the Opposition party and its UPA allies not only remained unscathed but also improved their presence.

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