It would anger the most of Congress supporters, but in reality, Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is not practically advancing at all in the 2019 Lok Sabha General Elections in India. Your rival has had you on the mat for many of those 5 years, and is sharpening the hatchet for that remaining strike. If the Congress does poorly once more, it may be positive many more of the determined and demoralised members of its “center” will go away. Additionally it is most definitely that not less than two of its new state governments, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, could be toppled. Even Rajasthan would wish luck to outlive.
What’s going to then stay of the Congress? Likelihood is, it would nonetheless be the identical previous—or possibly even a brand new lot of—self-styled Kautilyas, Machiavellis and mental giants with one frequent function on their CVs: By no means received or contested an election. And even misplaced what they have been ever given cost of.
A political get together has just one mission assertion: To win elections. It requires laborious work and dedication, brings bountiful reward for fulfillment, but additionally a stiff value for failure. In brief, it provides as much as that one phrase: Accountability.
Do inform me in the event you suppose that is what’s been occurring with the Congress these days. If the reply is not any, I’ll let you know why it appears like an NGO. NGOs work arduous too. However their goals, targets and focus can change with the season, or the temper of their ‘market-place’. Their competitors is basically the federal government. They may all the time look virtuous and environment friendly as compared. And accountability is proscribed to the donor or good folks’s personal conscience. There’s additionally, typically, an anti-institution streak.
The Congress has turn into extra feudal through the years, and in addition much less meritocratic. Little or no has come up by means of new, battle-worthy electoral expertise. Some previous dynasts—the Gandhis included—barely maintain on to their shrinking, feudal boroughs. They’ll’t broaden the celebration of their areas, in addition they gained’t vacate area for brand new expertise. Younger, vibrant and articulate spokespersons are nice. However they don’t go and struggle elections, risking reputations, wealth and sunburn. You are able to do a list of the highest 50 Congress folks all around the nation. This paradox will probably be established.
Quite the opposite, as in a durbar, or an accountability-lite NGO or household-owned enterprise, sycophants survive many disasters. You won’t even keep in mind a person referred to as Mohan Prakash, a nothing outdated socialist Rahul Gandhi took a shine to. One after the opposite he was handed over main states to run, together with Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. He apparently grew to become well-known and a favorite when, early on, he referred to as Rahul Gandhi the Jayaprakash Narayan of the Congress get together.
He isn’t the one one among his sort. C.P. Joshi is one other lengthy-time Rahul favorite who turned all the things he touched into mud—the Northeast being the most recent. Was he held accountable, you suppose? No, until you assume being Speaker of the Rajasthan Meeting is a punishment.
The important thing counsels round Rahul are all sensible, fantastically educated folks: Trusted aide Kanishka Singh, ace tweet-author Nikhil Alva, ex-bureaucrat Okay. Raju, information-scientist Praveen Chakravarty, chief ideological coach Sachin Rao, ex-banker Alankar Sawai and social media head Divya Spandana. Noticed one thing widespread between them? Besides Spandana, none is a politician. And word essentially the most seen amongst these ‘navratnas’: Sandip Singh, former JNU activist and a pacesetter of the extremely-Left All India College students’ Affiliation (AISA), who apparently writes Rahul’s speeches.
When you have a look at the overall secretaries, core group, and Rahul’s key advisors, solely a handful have political minds. The sharpest amongst these, Ahmed Patel, is not a central determine. Bear in mind, he’s the one Congressman with outdated wiles and the backbone to combat Amit Shah of their house state and wrest that Rajya Sabha seat from him in that soiled late-evening face-off on the Election Fee.
On nationalism, safety, struggle towards terror and overseas coverage, the Congress is frozen, till a Sam Pitroda shoots it in its butt. No one from the Congress states the truth that each weapons system you might be preventing with, together with the Mirages and Sukhois, have been purchased by their governments. Then again, they make Rahul communicate simply verifiable falsehoods like “HAL made these Mirages”. It didn’t. Dassault did. HAL has by no means made a Mirage, nor will it make one. However his grandmother ordered in 1982 those we fly now. Politics wants onerous work, extra than simply retweeting the boss. On the third key concern, social cohesion, the discuss of affection and tolerance is great. However, how are you completely different in case your view on Sabarimala, triple talaq and Ram Temple is about the identical because the BJP’s?