BJP – Walking the path of self –destruction
Election 2009 has broken the back of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , the supposed to be the part of difference and the second largest opposition party of India. Defeats and victories are part of democratic process. Defeats should lead to introspection , analysis to identify the reasons for the defeat and find straregies to recover the lost position. Instead BJP seems to be on auto pilot tailspin to disaster. From a party of difference it is making a perfect recipe of party of dissidence , indifference and chaos away from the ground realities.
The leadership seems happy not to analyze the defeat. They are eager to find issues and scapegoats and save itself from the labour of figuring out the actual reasons for the defeat. Escapism !
The latest step in the walk of self destruction came with the expulsion of veteran leader Jaswant Singh.
Jaswant Singh may not be a popular leader among the masses of India still he is one of a tallest leader BJP has now. He is an Ex-army officer , an academic and a senior most member of BJP , having served the party for 30 years. A party cannot ban a leader for his individual views that he expressed in his book. It just shows the immaturity and irresponsibility of a political party. Jaswant did not make any comment as the party spokesperson , whatever he mentioned in his book “Jinnah – India, Partition, Independence” is his individual expression and people should be tolerant of one’s individual viewpoints . Ofcourse , the party could always disassociate from the viewpoint of Jaswant Singh , present its own thoughts on the discussion and make clear its stance. Instead the leadership chose to yet again deflect the real focus on election defeat and make Jaswant Singh the only issue in its “chintan baithak” meet , where it is supposed to plan its “road ahead”. Going by the happenings “road ahead” seems to be full of thorns and they are in no mood to remove them and walk the talk.
So what are Jaswant Singh’s controversial remarks ?
"I would admire that in any man, self-made man, who resolutely worked towards achieving what he had set out to,"
“Nehru believed in a highly centralized polity. That’s what he wanted India to be. Jinnah wanted a federal polity. That even Gandhi accepted. Nehru didn’t. Consistently, he stood in the way of a federal India until 1947 when it became a partitioned India.”
“I think we have misunderstood him (Jinnah) because we needed to create a demon… We needed a demon because in the 20th century the most telling event in the subcontinent was the partition of the country.”
I have no specific opinion about Jinnah. He is a man who took advantage of the turbulent situation that prevailed in the subcontinent during the partition time and carved an independent country. No one could also deny the fact that the policies of congress during that time and primarily of Nehru and Gandhi helped Jinnah in the making of Pakistan. Why do people have to frown upon that fact ? Jinnah singlehandedly could not give wings to the concept of Pakistan. The situation in the Indian Subcontinent and the policies , ego and ambitions of political leaders of that time sure have a reason for the division of subcontinent. So Jaswant Singh has a point when he claims that the policies and image of Jinnah has been demonized in India to hold him solely responsible for the division of the country. I do agree with him in this context. History is many times taught one-sided : where as Jinnah is demonized in India , Gandhi and Nehru are demonized in Pakistan.
There is also a truth in Jaswant Singh’s claim that Nehru believed in centralized polity and Jinnah wanted a federal polity. Certain policies of Nehru post independence would sure add weight to his claim.The egos , personal ambitions and dreams of the political leadership of India since 1930’s have their own share that lead to the painful , bloody partition of India and creating a wound that will take a long , long time to heal.
I may not wholly subscribe to this view point of Jaswant Singh. Since I have not listened to in what context he said this , I would not disagree too. He is partly right on this , according to me.
“Look into the eyes of the Muslims that live in India and if you truly see the pain with which they live, to which land do they belong? We treat them as aliens … without doubt Muslims have paid the price of partition. They could have been significantly stronger in a united India … of course Pakistan and Bangladesh won’t like what I am saying.”
Hindus and Muslims and in general the common man of India still suffers from the partition wound. Though 60 plus years have gone by since the partition of Indian subcontinent and birth of Indian sovereign nation , the wound of partition still remains. We cannot deny the fact that still remains a degree of mistrust between Hindu and Muslim communities , fuelled lately by divisive politics and the emergence of Islamic terrorism. Its a separate topic in itself to be dealt with. Of course from a Muslim point of view as a community yes united Indian Subcontinent would have given a bigger say and a stronger political voice for them.
Anyways , back to the topic , my view point BJP made a blunder in its decision to sack Jaswant Singh.
Post Election , BJP should be doing a soul search to find what went wrong and to make corrections to it course but they simply are refusing to do so. The party is in a chaos , leadership out of sync to the mood of nation , an aging leadership , short sighted strategies and refusal to analyze the outcome of election and bad decisions are sinking the BJP into disarray . Its time the party wakes up to the reality and pulls its socks. India needs a strong opposition and right now still BJP is the only party that could play the role. I hope and wish , BJP rebrands and emerges itself as a strong political party in sync with the younger generation and acts up to its original selling point of “Party with a difference” .
Going by current events , Its a long,long road ahead. My sympathies goes with Jaswant Singh in this turn of events. In his media interview post expulsion , he sounded what would happen if "soch, vichar and chintan" stopped in Indian politics. I wonder too.
Parting shot quote :
“From BJP’s Hanuman, I am now its Ravana”
Some excerpts from Jaswant Singh’s book :
‘The basic and structural fault in Jinnah’s notion remains a rejection of his origins; of being an Indian, having been shaped by the soil of India, tempered in the heat of Indian experience. Muslims in India were no doubt subscribers to a different faith but that is all; they were not any different stock or of alien origin.’
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‘It is in this, a false ‘minority syndrome’ that the dry rot of partition first set in, and then unstoppably it afflicted the entire structure, the magnificent edifice of an united India. The answer (cure?), Jinnah asserted, lay only in parting, and Nehru and Patel and others of the Congress also finally agreed. Thus was born Pakistan’.
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‘His opposition was not against the Hindus or Hinduism, it was the Congress that he considered as the true political rival of the Muslim League, and the League he considered as being just an ‘extension of himself’. He, of course, made much of the Hindu-Muslim riots (1946; Bengal, Bihar, etc.) to ‘prove the incapacity of Congress Governments to protect Muslims; and also expressed fear of ‘Hindu raj’ to frighten Muslims into joining the League, but during innumerable conversations with him I can rarely recall him attacking Hindus or Hinduism as such. His opposition, which later developed into almost hatred, remained focused upon the Congress leadership’ (M.R.A. Baig, Jinnah’s secretary).’
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‘Religion in all this was entirely incidental; Pakistan alone gave him all that his personality and character demanded. If Mr. Jinnah was necessary for achieving Pakistan, Pakistan, too was necessary for the fulfilment of Mr. Jinnah.’
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‘However, it has to be said, and with great sadness, that despite some early indications to the contrary, the leaders of the Indian National Congress, in the period between the outbreak of war in 1939 and the country’s partition in 1947, showed in general, a sad lack of realism, of foresight, of purpose and of will.’
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‘As (Maulana Azad) wrote in his memoirs, he had come to the conclusion that Indian federation should deal with just three subjects: defence, foreign affairs and communications; thus granting the maximum possible autonomy to the provinces. According to the Maulana, Gandhi accepted this suggestion, while Sardar Patel did not.’
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‘For, along with several other there is one central difficult that India, Pakistan, Bangladesh face: our ‘past’ has, in reality never gone into the ‘past’, it continues to reinvent itself, constantly becoming our ‘present’, thus preventing us from escaping the imprisonment of memories. To this we have to find an answer, who else can or will?’
Excerpt source : Key excerpts from Jaswant Singh’s book
TGIPB : Part 10 – The Fourth Battle
May 7 , 2009
The Great Indian Political Battle
4th phase of Indian General Election .
7 states and National Capital Territory ( Delhi )
95 million voters
0.13 million polling station
0.6 million polling staffs
All the seats of Delhi , Rajasthan and Haryana and one seat in J & K and part of Punjab , UP , Bihar , and West Bengal goes to poll today.
Key Contestants :
Lalu Prasad Yadav , Mulayam Singh Yadav , Pranab Mukherjee, Rajnath Singh , Farooq Abdullah , Shatrugan sinha , Sachin Pilot .
Interesting battles :
- The fate of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s daughter-in-law , Harsimrat Kaur and son of former CM Amarinder Singh , Raninder Singh will be decided today on a direct fight for family honor in Bhatinda.
- BJP President Rajnath Singh is sweating it out in Ghaziabad , UP . Its important to note that Rajnath Singh has taken a risk by contesting in a constituency not highly favorable to him in caste equation .
TGIPB : Part 9 – The Third Battle
The Great Indian Political Battle
April 30 , 2009
Third Phase of Election.
9 states and 2 Union territories
( Jammu and Kashmir , UP , MP , Maharashtra , Gujarat , Karnataka , Bihar , Sikkim Dadra & Nagar haveli , Daman & Diu )
144 million voters
0.17 million polling stations
Key Contestants : Sonia Gandhi , HD Deve Gowda , Jaswant Singh , LK Advani.
A crucial phase for BJP , would be hoping to get rich dividends from the states of Karnataka , Gujarat , MP , Bihar and Maharashtra .
Activist and dancer Mallika Sarabhai is contesting as Independent in Gandhinagar , pitting herself against heavy weight BJP’s current numero uno LK Advani .In spite of the rubble and noise and bits and bytes , I don’t think she will be able to make a big dent on the record of LK Advani in his constituency .
The result I would be eager to see is in Dakshin Kannada . After the recent untoward incidence caused by Sri Ram sena activists and the subsequent Pink chaddi campaigns and the church attacks , definitely mangalore belt is an area to watch and what direction they will make would be keenly followed by many including yours bloggingly !
On a dismal note , the voters turn out in Mumbai was pathetically low . I would have liked the mumbaikars stepping out in large numbers and vote their rights and make a statement on the terrorism issue. After all , they have seen a lot , felt a lot , been affected a lot by terrorism . Mumbaikars , sorry folks , you lost a golden lesson to teach the politicians.
TGIPB – Part 8 : The Second battle and my vote
The Great Indian Political Battle – The Second phase
April 23 , 2009
195 million eligible voters.
2,22,350 polling stations
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand
Key Contestants : Rahul Gandhi , Sharad Pawar , Sushma Swaraj , HD Kumaraswamy , Captain Gopinath , Ananth Kumar
This second phase of election is memorable for me for the sole reason , I casted my vote for the first time. So was I thrilled ? Yep ! Me and my wife got up around 7 , had garam ginger chai and went to caste our votes. The polling booth is quiet near to our place . There were many booths made , so there was not much crowd and it was a smooth event and I pressed the button and got the ink on my finger as a proof of voting ! Whom did we vote ? I pressed the button for BJP while my wife clicked Congress. so 50 : 50 verdict !
Bangalore votes :
So Bangalore being my adopted city now , I had enrolled in the voters list and casted my vote in Bangalore north constituency. To be frank , I was disappointed with the contestants of Bangalore north. Though my voting affiliation is with BJP , the candidate was a big let down. BJP has fielded Chandre Gowda , who defected from Congress just few weeks back. The 70 plus candidate who quit last minute to grab the BJP ticket got my vote in spite of my disliking for the political opportunism he displayed. Well , its another fact that politics and opportunism goes hand in glove but reality bites. Some of my friends asked my why I root for BJP , allegedly “ communal ” party , Well , would write a post on that some day soon. Congress has fielded yet another good old Jaffer Sharief . After delimitation , I think it would be a tough call to predict the winner in Bangalore north.
Bangalore South has impressive candidates . Ananth Kumar , the three time MP and the number two in the power hierarchy of Karnataka BJP is facing Krishan Byre Gowda , a young seemingly impressive candidate from Congress . To add excitement to the already active young list of candidates is Captain Gopinath , the Deccan aviation chief. Captain may not win the seat but am interested to see how much he would fly the electoral race. I am also eager to see , If the hype that was build around Byre Gowda would match the confident Ananth Kumar. Tough fight in cards !
Bangalore rural sees “farmer “ Deve Gowda’s Son HD Kumaraswamy seeking revenge on “Giant killer ” Tejeswani Gowda , who stunned everyone last time by defeating Gowda Senior. Other day , I followed the Tejeswani on a local channel and was impressed by the lady’s energy and campaign . I would like to see her defeat Gowda Jr but then again it would be a tough battle ..
Assembly Election :
Orissa and AP also have their state assembly election alongside. So its time for voters to review Naveen Patnaik and YSR . Chiranjeevi is contesting from Tirupati and also Chandra babu naidu hoping his grand alliance will push him back to limelight. Lets wait and watch ..
TGIPB – Part 7 : The battle begins
More than 75 million votes cast out of 143.1 million strong electorate.
Over 300,000 EVMs used
The first phase of The Great Indian Election kick started today .
Today’s battle will decide the fate of key contestants : Lalu Prasad Yadav , Murli Manohar Joshi , Yashwant Singh , Renuka Chowdhary , Shashi Tharoor , Praful Patel , K Chandresekar Rao and S Jaipal Reddy.
The first phase included the naxal infected areas and predictably there were naxal attacks on few pockets that sadly took away 17 lives.
According to news agencies Polling was reportedly lower when compared to the previous elections.
Quote of the day :
We are sweeping the polls in Bihar.
- Lalu Prasad Yadav
Man ! We should take a leaf of positive thinking from these politicians !!!
On the day the real battle started and the voters had their ink on their hand as a mark of casting votes , BJP’s latest poster boy Varun Gandhi was released from jail by Supreme court. Mr.Gandhi , Mind your language please !
The result am eager to know : Sashi Tharoor.
Heavy weight battle :
Lalu Prasad Yadav (RJD) Vs Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP)
MM Joshi (BJP) Vs Mukthar Ansari (BSP)
My safe bet : Renuka Chowdhary ( Congress )is going to bite dust in the poll.
TGIPB – Part 6 : The Sho(e)cker !
The aim was wrong but the message was loud and clear. For the calm and polite Chidambaram , it was a press meet he would not forget and would be in public memory for a long period and for senior Journalist Jarnail Singh , it was a moment of
The smell of shoe was just a reaction and the original foul play smell started with CBI giving clean chit to Jagadish Tytler and Sajjan kumar in the Anti-Sikh riot of 1984 . What a timing ! With the election round the corner , probably Congress wanted to drive a point that they have untainted hands . It’s an unfortunate fact that CBI is reduced to a mere tool in the hands of ruling governments to twists and turn the facts for their convenience. Even if CBI gave a clean chit , Congress party who claims to be the guardian angel of secularism in India , should not have given LS tickets to Jagadish Tytler and Sajjan kumar , respecting the sentiments of the Sikh population. But does anyone listen ?
I heard some people say “ Pen is mightier than shoe " and what Jarnail Singh did was condemnable . Well , I agree that as a citizen of democratic nation , it was condemnable act but having said that let us also think from the other perspective. How effective would Jarnail Singh would have been , had he wrote an article in news paper condemning the CBI verdict and allowing the two person to contest election ? Few people would have read or even many but it would not have made any difference.
So it required an intentionally misaimed shoe missile to bring the issue to the mainstream and public conscience . Hope congress learnt its lesson and at least mend its mistakes and withdraw the candidature of Jagadish tytler and Sajjan Kumar.
- At the end of the episode , both Chidambaram and Jarnail Singh won my appreciation though . When I say Chidambaram , I meant Chidambaram as a person and not a congress man.
- I really appreciate the way PC regained his composure swiftly and asked the journalist to be evacuated gently. He did not file any complaint and the journalist was freed within one hour .
- Jarnail Singh for the calculated act knowing the risk involved . He did regret his act later saying the issue he raised was right but the method of doing was wrong but he did made his point loud and clear. He is a senior journalist and he did came out as a hero.
Minutes after the incident , I was telling couple of my friends that Akali Dal will grab this opportunity and would offer Jarnail Singh LS seat and they did offered ! Politicians !!
Lallu Dozer :
There was another story that developed few days back , when Lalu prasad yadav joined this election season’s elite “ foot in the mouth club " of politicians gone berserk with mindless talk .
If I were the country’s home minister , and if Varun had sait this , then I would have run a roller over his chest , and thought about the consequences later
- Lalu Pradad Yadav
Well , Mr. Yadav , is their any difference between you and Varun now ? Nah.
Amar Singh’s Googly :
Well , Amar Singh tested a googly on his own party chief Mulayam Singh , when he threatened to quit the party protesting Mulayam’s bias for his rival Azam khan. This outburst came as a surprise for me because I always thought Amar Singh had the remote of Mulayam Singh. That Amar Singh soon made a statement that he would rather leave the world than leave his party is another typical filmy dialogue so typical of our politicians !
TGIPB – Part 5 : Movers and Shakers
The Great Indian Political Battle – Part 4
- A front within a front . SP , RJD , LJP has cuddled up to form a mini front within the UPA. The 3 musketeers have decided to forge an alliance and contest in UP and Bihar and maximize their bargaining power in the post poll scenario. In the era of coalition , you are respected by seat ammunition you have , so you cannot rather blame the “fourth front “ within the front . After all its a survival of fittest ! Well for congress , they have to live with it. Going is tough for them this election , with all their erstwhile alliance partners snubbing them “left” and “right” !
- Third front must be really on cloud number nine in the build up to the election. Things are pretty much going great for the salad front. The players of the front are sure going to be the king makers in the post election scenario , though the egos and personal ambition of the players are so high that a united third front government is a difficult proposition and even if they manage a government , for it to last its full term is next to impossible.
- Thanks to Supreme court , Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam party in Andhra pradesh and Vijayakant’s DMDK in Tamil nadu have their own respective election symbols . Railway engine for PRP and Two Drums for DMDK. Am keenly looking forward to the assembly election in AP because of the political debut of Chiranjeevi. Gone are those days when NTR and MGR swept the polls in their debut converting their fan following of cinema into votes. Chiranjeevi will not be able to make that kind of political debut but still am sure he will emerge as a king maker in the AP assembly.
- Now lets come to our maratha strongman and the eternally optimistic Sharad Pawar. He gave a nightmare to Cognress for few days when he was reportedly planning to share the dias with CPI(M)’s Prakash karat in Orrisa where NCP has alliance with BJD. Last minute though , he changed his mind and gave a statement his party is with UPA and he has no prime ministerial ambition. Well , these days everyone knows left is right and right is left in politics and what matters finally is the Centre !
- The election manifestos are out and I would write about the high promises of different parties in another post exclusively for it.
- This Election season’s new poster boy Varun Gandhi is resting behind bars thanks to the National Security Act slammed on him by Mayawati. Maneka Gandhi and Mayawati enacted a verbal duel typical of women leads of Indian TV serials . Menaka Gandhi was denied a chance to see her son in jail and she vented out
Menaka Gandhi : “ Maywati is not mother that’s why she would not understand a mother’s pain "
Mayawati : “ Menaka forgets that even without being a mother you can understand pain of a million people just like Mother Teresa did. Menaka is so absorbed in love for her one son that she forgot that if there were any communal riots over Varun Gandhi’s statement many mothers would have lost their sons “
Menaka Gandhi : "Mother Teresa would never have got someone murdered on her birthday but it happened to an engineer," "Mother Teresa never indulged in corruption. Mayawati should learn a lesson from her "
Mayawati : “ Before making comments against me, Maneka should realise that senior leader of BJP Atal Bihari Vajapee the party on whose ticket she was contesting elections was also unmarried. Does she find any fault in Atal or she did not get proper support from him "
Well with this filmy dialogues enacted in our real political scene am signing off this TGIPB post . Do keep track of my election postings in future.
TGIPB – Part 4 : Cup of woes
As election nears , the cup of woes are overflowing for the two main national parties – BJP and Congress.
- BJP is figuring out means to damage control the Varun Gandhi episode. Meanwhile , the young Gandhi is firm on his stance that the CD containing his alleged hate speech is doctored. The issue would now likely go to courts . I am waiting to see if this entire controversy would hamper his Philibit candidature.
- The Congress party , who banked on a united face of UPA alliance , finds itself now the coalition in shambles pre-election. Lalu Prasad Yadav humiliated the Congress by giving 3 seats in Bihar and rubbing more salt to its wound by saying Congress is no entity in Bihar. Congress snubbed Lalu by hitting back in Jharkhand state by giving RJD only 2 seats . Furious RJD decided to contest in all seats in Jharkhand and Congress in turn decides to field candidates on its own in Bihar.
- The seat negotiation between Congress and SP ( Samajwadi Party ) led by Mulayam Singh Yadav has run into deadlock , with SP contesting on its own in all seats .
- Down South , PMK ( Patali Makal Katchi ) jumped fence to join the ADMK Camp. PMK infamous for changing its colors and crossing over , have proven yet again this time causing heartburn for already beleaguered UPA alliance. It may cost the congress alliance a few seats in Tamil Nadu.
Other than the BJP and Congress , others drinking their cup of woes are :
- Mulayam singh Yadav , who is alleged to have made a derogatory remarks against a District Magistrate. ( Tough time for Election Commission this season ! )
- Chiranjeevi , who is testing the electoral waters for the first time with his newly formed Praja Rajyam in Andhra Pradesh is desperate to see through that his party gets a uniform symbol to contest in all seats. ( I am keenly waiting to see how much his star power would translate into votes ! )
As the Election season heats up , there would definitely be more cups of woes to follow , I will update it as and when it happens …
TGIPB – Part 3 , Secularism – As in Indian Politics.
The meaning of Secularism takes a whole new meaning when it comes to the dictionary of Indian politicians.
BJP ( Bharatiya Janata Party ) is labeled a right wing hindutva communal party by the oppostion parties. They are supposed to have an “agenda” representing only the majority hindu population. They are treated as divisive party because of their saffron affluence. The whole campaign of the so called “secular” parties of India revolves around the notion that BJP is anti – secular because of its Hindutva leanings.
So the parties join together , forge alliances to retain the power all in the name of safeguarding the nation from the anti secular party ( read : BJP) . Good so you think the political parties opposing the BJP are truly secular in nature ?! wait read ahead to couple of interesting facts.
- Congress , self confessed champion of secularism , happily aligns with IUML ( Indian Union Muslim League ) , Kerala Congress ( representing the Christians )
- Communists party ( the other major self styled guardian of secularism in India ) have no qualms aligning with the right wing Islamist organization , NDF.
- BJP is accused of being communal on account of Gujarat riots. Let me make clear am not supporting the Gujarat riot. Gujarat riot is a highly condemnable incident . What baffles me is , BJP is time and again villified for the Gujarat riot by congress and other so called secular partied , In that contexct how does Congress became a “holier and secular ” party when it is solely responsible for unleashing a brutal massacre against Sikhs in Delhi soon after Indira Gandhi’s assasination ? Why does Congress is atoned of its sin conveniently but BJP is villified again and again ?
So it makes me wonder if it only becomes anti-secular in India , if a party has leanings towards Hindu mindset ?! And it becomes a secular force if we align with right wing parties of non-Hindus ?!
Well …… As far as Indian Political dictionary , it seems so.
TGIPB Part 2 – The Saffron Gandhi
The Great Indian Political Battle – Part 2
Post Independence , The erstwhile kings of India were stripped of all their powers . Replacing the kings were the democratically elected ministers , who wield the real powers in a country. Government of a democratic country should be of the people , by the people , for the people. Unfortunately , the politicians of the nation have found a way to manipulate their game on the basis of religion , caste and power equation taking advantage of the weakness , general apathy , indifference and short sightedness of the general public.
So post Independence , though the dynasty of the kings were devoid of their powers and kingdom. India saw a new dynasty that ruled most of the years of the democratic country through democratic route , unchallenged by their party. The dynasty is the Nehru- Gandhi clan. Nehru was followed by Indira Gandhi , who was followed by Rajiv Gandhi and after his death , the clan hold was firmed by Sonia Gandhi and the prince-in- waiting Rahul Gandhi. Typical of the good old dynastic rule , other half of the family was out casted . That brings in the estranged family of Late Sanjiv Gandhi , eldest son of Late Indira Gandhi. His wife , Menaka Gandhi and her son Varun Gandhi were driven of the family powers and party and had to content just with the surname Gandhi.
Menaka Gandhi found her path in championing the animal rights , environmental issues and also member of parliament from Philibhit constituency of state of Uttar Pradesh , India.
The Son Rise :
Varun Gandhi , son of Menaka Gandhi , in true good old dynasty style , refuses to be estranged and has chartered his own path. He embraced the hindutva ideology and has made a calculated political path that would be anathema to his cousin family on the opposite royal camp. I am not going to support him or loathe him in his recent controversy of his alleged remarks against minorities. Opposition parties cry fowl on his remarks and Varun says the CD is doctored. Let us leave the final decision to the Election commission and courts. The fact is this Gandhi has embraced the saffron color with much enthusiasm and conviction to chart his future. In his own words , “ I am an Indian , a Hindu , a Gandhi ” . A rare words to come from a member of a Gandhi clan. Here is a young poet-politician who was in the wilderness of a famous clan surname but who decided to storm the public sphere albeit a controversial route. When I saw his speeches and talks on TV , he comes out as a young Gandhi , who is very much at ease to be a son of a soil than his young cousin Gandhi , who creates an impression of an NRI kid still discovering the real India !
Hate him or Love him , here is a Saffron Gandhi that you cannot ignore in the coming days of Indian politics !