Politics beyond Baba Bashing and the inevitable Labyrinth

We all accept that Rahul Baba’s interview was a total disaster…. Not just for the common viewer but also for people in congress who saw how unclear, naive and unprepared their proposed leader is… With his anomaly, strangeness, mahabharat ki arjun, RJD, JMM, AAP and many other comments running all over the internet.. it was a very tough and sad show to watch…

Probably there was also many congress supporters I believe who wanted to see how, Rajiv’s son, Indira’s grandson and Nehru’s great grandson met with the media… because these qualifiers are probably the highest honors they allocate for him in their mind… and here they were in for a major surprise…

Everyone watching the show might have remembered hearing Indira Gandhi on Radio, or Rajiv Gandhi on TV or Nehru through his books and written word…. but what their successor gave to the Aam (common) congress supporter was a live demonstration of the stark difference between solid convictions and imprecise word shower…. weak and absolutely unsteady for the long march ahead…..

I am not happy when I write this because whether I agree or not with congress I would have liked a very strong leader who can represent them… because irrespective of who wins you need a person who is crystal clear on the plan he has for the country…

This whole interview will agreeably create more commotion inside congress than outside….. and this interview also substantiates the opposition claims that baba is a poor choice…. and from what we know of congress they might still for the Gandhi name fall back on him, unless they decide someone else… but who…?

Irrespective of who wins the elections we need someone who is both secular and strong at the helm of the country.. and as Indians we have a much bigger issue to worry here… One party has a guy who claims to be a strong task master but cannot own up the massacres that broke the very code of secularism in his state under his watch… and another major party though secular is bent on putting someone on the top who is in no way ready, steady or strong for the post and keeps repeatedly proving that… either way as the Aam Admi (common man) we will get screwed… That being said if we have to look at the Aam Aadmi party…. we again have issues..

I think AAP needs to mature with a state before they can be tried (given a chance in Baba’s words) in the center.. I say this even though I have supported them in what they have been doing.. and my reasoning for this is simple… the few days on top of Delhi has not proven that they yet have the mettle for taking up the nation… And as they take baby steps they are forced to run a marathon and that is a tough proposition… but yes I would like to see them as a strong voice in opposition and that means they need support and some victories in the election ahead….

Now that leaves us with two choices unless the dynamics change… And that leaves two potential possibilities… A person who is potentially strong but questionable on being a secular and a person with no reason to be doubted on secularism but extremely weak and unclear on his abilities…. and corruption lives on both sides…. The question is what happens…

In my opinion we are a nation with a strong opportunity to grow ahead and so secularism in our leader is more important than the strength in him if we cannot get both…. But if that is going to happen there is some serious alliances to form.. an inevitable labyrinth with two major parties on either end and aam aadmi encountering regional representations at every turn trying hard to decide… What are your thoughts…

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. srijithunni says:

    All this ‘secular’ talk is just deliberate fear mongering. I would definitely prefer a strong visionary leader than a weak PM, who will be even more useless than the current Prime Minister. Narendra Modi is an exceptional leader and a sound administrator and I dont see any reason to believe he is not ‘secular’. Secular should mean ‘no religious bias’ and not persistent appeasement of minorities. For that matter I dont see why Rahul Gandhi has no reason to be doubted. Is it because all kinds of religion is mixed in his family.

  2. srijithunni says:

    All this ‘secular’ talk is just deliberate fear mongering. I would definitely prefer a strong visionary leader than a weak PM, who will be even more useless than the current Prime Minister. Narendra Modi is an exceptional leader and a sound administrator and I dont see any reason to believe he is not ‘secular’. Secular should mean ‘no religious bias’ and not persistent appeasement of minorities. For that matter I dont see why Rahul Gandhi has no reason to be doubted. Is it because all kinds of religion is mixed in his family.

  3. Anand says:

    Vinod,
    if nothing else, this interview tells us that we are not a politically matured country to have personality based elections. Not yet. Instead, we need to focus on fundamental issues for the country and find a team, that has expertise, conviction, experience and a clear “Glue” that binds them for elections and beyond. Look at the options with these parameters and see what each party represents. What is the glue that binds BJP/NDA or INC/UPA. If you can see that transparently, you will know which presents better option.

    Secondly – We need to stop looking at elections as a fight between parties or candidates. These are choices presented to the voters and instead of being over-critical or out-right bashing, we need to encourage more people to present us a wider choice. We need to make it easier and a pleasant experience for candidates who offer their services, by making objective analysis. Right now it all seems like a political IPL series!

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