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Rahul Gandhi is willin’, but…!

B.S.RAGHAVAN
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Mr Rahul Gandhi
Mr Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has at long last granted the boon that members of the Congress Party, from top echelons downwards, had so long been devoutly pining for: He has said that he will play “a more proactive role in the party and the government”, and added, lest there be any ambiguity still, “The decision has been taken, the timing is up to my two bosses — the Congress President and the Prime Minister”.

The Congress President is, of course, his own mother, and the Prime Minister, of course, in popular perception, has no mind other than hers! And she said, just a day before Mr Rahul’s proclamation, that it was up to her son to decide on taking up a bigger role. So, both sides of the equation are neatly and nicely filled in and all is set for ushering in the Rahul era.

Such statements are not allowed to hang in the air for long; they are acted upon without delay, since, otherwise, the dramatic effect will evaporate.

As regards the exact place of the son-rise, the words — “All options are open” — used by Rahul give the game away. He already occupies, designation-wise, role-wise, relationship-wise — a dominant position in the Party, and so, that option has already been explored and exhausted.

The only other option is the ceremonial, red carpet welcome into the Government. Will it be as Prime Minister? Even a nation, inured to the most scandalous outrages, will not be able to stomach any abrupt displacement of Dr Manmohan Singh to accommodate a greenhorn like Mr Rahul in his place.

This is even on the assumption that, for the sake of keeping appearances, Dr Singh graciously makes way by seeming to resign on his own.

PRESCRIPTIVE RIGHT

One may have a hundred criticisms to make of Dr Singh, but it has to be acknowledged in fairness that all throughout the eight years he has been in office, he has conducted himself with nobility and dignity, and it will be crossing all limits of decency to push him out in the cold just like that, with less than two years left for the general election.

Such a thing can happen only if all sense of decency had been crushed out of existence in the naked parade of flagrant sycophancy, monstrous corruption and cut-throat politics to which the nation has been a helpless witness these past few decades. In that (some would say likely) event, anything is possible.

Let us assume, though, that even the servile puppetry of the Congress Party will not go so far. In which case, the best means of enabling Mr Rahul to test out the waters is to induct him as a full-fledged Cabinet Minister; nothing else will be considered paying adequate obeisance to a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty with the prescriptive right to wear the Prime Minister’s mantle.

Whatever the script, I would earnestly urge Mr Rahul to have nothing to do with it. I don’t think he has the stuff in him to put the fear of God into the political mafias that have wildly proliferated and are smothering the institutions of governance.

PATENT FAILURE

Whether as the Prime Minister or the Cabinet Minister, he would in no time be swallowed up by the system.

As we have seen in the case of younger members elected to State legislatures and Parliament, the idealism and dynamism of youth has provided no antidote against their succumbing to the poisonous atmosphere of loot and plunder on an atrocious scale.

Indeed, they have come to excel long time political veterans in mouthing the same old shameless alibis to justify their collusion.

As for Mr Rahul, he has been a patent failure in cleansing the state of affairs in his own native Uttar Pradesh, as evidenced by the Congress coming to grief in the dynasty’s own pocket boroughs.

The depths to which UP has sunk in respect of violence, goondaism and lawlessness boggles imagination. How the economically- and culturally-forward States should save themselves from the mortal danger of the contagion spreading to them has become a question of grave importance.

Mr Rahul should rather prove his mettle within the limited crucible of his own State before he aspires for a proactive role in the whole of India.

(This article was published on July 22, 2012)
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Comments:

I think we should just replace Manmoham with rahul. If we consider a 50/50 probability, we haved 50% chance of improving the situation. The 50% downside will be balanced by the other experinced members in politics.

from:  Sumesh
Posted on: Jul 22, 2012 at 22:00 IST

I FULLY AGREE WITH THE AUTHOR. setharam kesari though incompetent and
deserve to be booted out but the undignified manner locking him in bath
room and seating mrs. gandhi in the august chair is too recent a memory
to erase from public mind. the PM certainly deserves a gracious
treatment BY THE DYNASTY

from:  BALA
Posted on: Jul 23, 2012 at 05:49 IST

i dont think the Queen Mother has the patience to delay the coronation
any further.With a crafty Rashtrapathiji, she will waste no more time
to make him the de facto King of India.Only a rebellious Sharad Pawar
and Co can stop this.The BJP must extend a helping hand to Pawar to
avoid the rule of a Dynasty in India for another 50 years or more.Our
hard won Freedom is in Peril with a an electorate which is controlled
by money power,muscle power and also casteist and religious
manipulations by the GOP of India

from:  P N V Krishnan
Posted on: Jul 23, 2012 at 06:01 IST

I dont think he has any quality or talent to become even a MOS...

from:  Sreedhargnath
Posted on: Jul 23, 2012 at 10:01 IST

I am sure the Gandhi family is not stupid enough to just put RG in PM's chair overnight and tax him with all the problem around with querulous allied and hunting opposition. I would reckon that RG would be inducted into the cabinet as a minister either in the Social Wefare or Information/ Broadcasting ( excluding Telecom ) to put him in the right perspective so that he could feel the pulse of every ministry in the course of 6-8 months after which he could be either given a stronger ministry and or designated as Dy PM along with one other Sr Minister to pave way for his placement in due course.

from:  R Varadarajan
Posted on: Jul 23, 2012 at 13:38 IST

Indian political system has been followed by political dynasty and
cult-ship culture which has full supported by courtier. Yuvraj need
vigorous training and education to become a king as per traditional
norms. But there is no need to get expertise to become a king in a
unexpected situation. Only circumstance makes Yuvraj to become a good
king. Now congress is loosing their charm. It is public wisdom whenever
congress governs; growth of inflation with corruption is most visible
part of congress core identity.
His report card says that he requires a lot of governance knowledge
like social welfare; information broadcasting ; foreign; finance;
before going to become a PM.

from:  Rajesh Parashar
Posted on: Jul 23, 2012 at 20:44 IST

If Mr. Rahul Gandhi is inclined he need get into the vortex now. We are in the midst
of challenging times. Any new thinking at the highest policy making levels is
welcome. Quite a few young educated ambitious have been inducted into the
government but we are yet to see them showing the results. The obvious answer
could be that they are not holding charge of any major portfolio. Time has come
that this is rectified and youngsters are given the responsibility. Once the
responsibility is thrust on them, they rise to the occasion, as it has been amply
proved in business. Mr. Rahul could play a decisive role. Only time will tell how far
he succeeds but the public may like to see him in action in governance of the
country.

from:  Dr. K. U. Mada
Posted on: Jul 29, 2012 at 09:09 IST
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