Why India needs the Congress

Defeatism and carping should not distract from the necessary party reform that Rahul Gandhi has taken on.

Written by Komireddi Ramulu | Updated: May 30, 2014 8:10 am
Each day, anonymous quotes by “senior” Congress leaders fill the newspapers, holding Rahul Gandhi and his core team of young advisors culpable for the party’s electoral defeat Each day, anonymous quotes by “senior” Congress leaders fill the newspapers, holding Rahul Gandhi and his core team of young advisors culpable for the party’s electoral defeat.

The ascent of Narendra Modi represents the most significant challenge to Indian pluralism since the foundation of the Indian republic. Modi is being applauded for carrying the BJP to power with an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha. Yet it’s important to remind ourselves that there isn’t a single Muslim among the 282 BJP MPs: India’s largest minority has no representation in the ruling party. Committed doctrinally to privileging one set of Indians at the expense of all others, the BJP invites constant invigilation in government.

The task of protecting the Indian Constitution from potential Hindutva onslaughts rests with the opposition. And for all its manifest failures in government, the Congress party remains the sole national opponent of the BJP. Its ideology, particularly on the question of identity, is antithetical to the BJP’s. Even at its weakest, the Congress remains a poster child of religious pluralism: its emaciated congregation of 44 MPs contains representatives of every major faith. But instead of recalibrating itself for the onerous new responsibility ahead, the Congress is, in the name of “accountability”, playing to the benefit of its rivals. The clamour for accountability — which is a barely disguised demand for the attenuation of the Gandhis’ prominence in the party — has come primarily from those who cheered on Modi’s rise.

More dismaying is the carping within the Congress. Each day, anonymous quotes by “senior” Congress leaders fill the newspapers, holding Rahul Gandhi and his core team of young advisors culpable for the party’s electoral defeat. Rahul, we are told, was “misled” by his team into making all the wrong choices. Some argue that access to the leadership was restricted by Rahul’s “coterie”; others claim that the counsel of senior leaders was neglected during the distribution of tickets to make way for political unknowns. But read closely, and you notice that the criticism now being directed at Rahul and his team has little to do with imposing accountability. If anything, its purpose is to forestall meaningful introspection for superficial displays of self-correction: put on a grave face, blame a handful of energetic young advisors in Delhi for a countrywide drubbing whose causes are manifold, and return to business as usual. As such, the attempt to scapegoat individuals is the work of disgruntled old Congress hands petrified by the reform of the party initiated by Rahul and overseen by his team.

After all, for all the epithets hurled at him by critics who see him as a “prince”, Rahul Gandhi’s most significant achievement within the Congress has been to place it on an irreversible path to democratisation. The irony of his leadership is that he has wielded his apparently unquestioned authority to dilute his own hold over his inheritance. Consider, for instance, the ordinance promulgated hastily by the Union cabinet to exempt legislators convicted in criminal cases from disqualification. It enjoyed the broad support of major partners in the UPA, who saw it as a vital insurance policy that protected tainted but bankable politicians from judicial elimination. Rahul Gandhi’s brusque intervention killed off the profoundly anti-democratic ordinance. This seemingly imperious intervention embarrassed the Congress and confounded its critics — but if it was indicative of the Gandhis’ authority in the party, it was evidence also of Rahul’s ambition to deploy that authority to make politics transparent and politicians answerable.

The Congress party’s greatest asset is its expansive and deep-rooted organisational network: it has a presence in virtually every hamlet of the country. But for too long, this formidable political machine, built during the freedom struggle, was left to decay by the party’s numerous regional and national leaders who, neglecting ordinary workers, sought to erect structures of patronage around themselves. Rahul, upon being elected vice president of the Congress last year, resolved to rescue the party from obsolescence by opening it up to its deserted workers. Panic swept through the old guard as the new  vice president, aided by a nonpartisan team of advisors, initiated a drive towards modernisation. This was followed by the proposal to democratise the distribution of party tickets by implementing US-style primaries across India — a tremendous boost to internal democracy, but also a direct threat to those who profited from entrenched structures of patronage within the Congress.

The party’s decimation in the general elections has suddenly invigorated all those who feared a marginal future in a reformed Congress.  But to pronounce the renovation inaugurated by Rahul Gandhi a failure because the Congress did not secure adequate seats in the general elections is to mislead the public about its purpose — it was intended to make the Congress gradually fit for the 21st century, not to yield immediate electoral dividends. The BJP’s triumph is the culmination of a six-decade-long struggle to build a nationwide organisation; the Congress’s decline, on the other hand, is the consequence of a prolonged neglect of its health by its many custodians. This is the imbalance that Rahul Gandhi’s reforms are designed to fix. To halt them now would be to sacrifice long-term gains for the mere impression, in the short-term, of accountability.

Now, more than ever, India needs a competent opposition in Parliament. The immediate task ahead for members of the Congress is to unite behind the leadership. And for those outside, rather than insisting on a Congress sans the Gandhi family, it might serve us better to be realistic — to accept that abrupt change cannot come easily to an old and obstinate beast like the Congress, and that the party’s top-down nature may impose discipline on its ranks and save it from imminent extinction as Modi assumes charge. This can only be good for India: a united Congress can defend us more ably from majoritarian assaults than a fractured entity ever could. The Congress, severely pulverised, needs urgently to cease playing to the advantage of its adversaries and regroup. If it does not, the loss will be India’s: at stake is the very idea of India.

The writer is a Supreme Court lawyer, a former legislator in Andhra Pradesh, and a senior Congress party member in Telangana

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    Anonymous
    May 30, 2014 at 9:46 am
    Congress with dynasty would make India equal to a banana republic . The practice of secularism should be to respect all religions . The current proponents are no better than the TALIBAN - using it for vote bank politic and demonising of Hinduism.
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      CoolVader
      May 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm
      A completely baseless article. The question is what has congress done for the muslims other than doling out freebies to them at tax payer's expense. These freebies provide a psychological bonding of muslims to congress, but do not uplift the muslims in any way. It keeps them shackled in their ghettos and primitive mindsets by not encouraging them to partite and merge with mainstream India.You are correct that BJP does not have a single muslim MP and that should certainly change as representation from all walks of life is important in any democratic process. But it is not the BJP who shuns out the muslims. It is the muslims who have shunned themselves out of BJP under the disillusion that Congress is their sole savior. Yes, the godhra riots is and always will be a dark chapter in our PM's history. But he's determined to make life more inclusive for the muslims rather than keeping them ghettoed in -- as the congress diddia does not need a party from which a prime minister (who is supposed to be "Prime") dare not even sneeze without permission. Rahul's public mockery of the PM is not something to be proud of. It was a disgusting shameful premediated drama that went bad were the PM was very likely forced to bring about such an undemocratic ordinance (do you really believe that MMS is the kind of guy who might say "let all the criminals roam free" ?) after which he was then asked to remain a mute spectator to insults heaped on him. There was nothing graceful or dignified in MMS deafening silence on every matter alluding to this country. If this is the kind of leaders that Congress wants to pitch forward (and Rahul would have been no different ... everyone knows what a mama's boy he is), then the country is much better off without them.Let's wait and see what the BJP does before saying we need congress to come back. I'm not a saffron flag waving . But I am hoping they turn out to be far less evil than a mafia run party.
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        IndianWellWisher
        May 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm
        Excellent analysis. Write should print this out and read it several times.
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          IndianWellWisher
          May 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm
          Many of the readers have offered excellent advice in their comments for the writer who clearly has a blind spot. Author, please watch the AG-RG interview, if you still don't get it, see the spoofs and entertain yourself.
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            Prapur
            May 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm
            India doesn't need party of looters and pseudo secularist. If they work in the interest of people of all religion and also the nation then they are OK as opposition party. They have looted more than British and mogul together. They should be ousted for ever if they continue to minority appeasing.
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              abbai THOTA
              May 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm
              agree with the Mr.MAGADI
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                Hindu
                May 31, 2014 at 2:50 am
                Dear Mr LawyerIn a 1995 judgement, the Supreme Court ruled that "Ordinarily, Hindutva is understood as a way of life or a state of mind and is not to be equated with or understood as religious Hindu fundamentalism ... it is a fallacy and an error of law to proceed on the umption ... that the use of words Hindutva or Hinduism per se depicts an atude hostile to all persons practising any religion other than the Hindu religion ... It may well be that these words are used in a speech to promote secularism or to emphasise the way of life of the Indian people and the Indian culture or ethos, or to criticise the policy of any political party as discriminatory or intolerant." Sarva-dharma-sambhaava. Hindutva IS secularism. Muslims also voted for these 282 BJP MPs. Muslims in India have outgrown the fallacy of mere 'representation' They want the service which your party failed to provide. Whether this government will do any better, is a matter of time and patience.
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                  Abhaga_Indian
                  May 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm
                  Was in a bad mood......................thanks for this propaa (or joke?). is he a leader? take the golden birth spoon away and let him get a job even in a call-center on own credit. It will show his leadership.My advise to him is dissolving HIGH COMMAND he can do a little help to India.
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                    Abhishek
                    May 30, 2014 at 3:36 am
                    You lost me at the very first line. The more I read the likes of you, the more I feel the need to rebel against the thought control you and those of your ilk advocate.
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                      adal singh
                      May 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm
                      India needs Congress as a national party but today's Congress is not that India needs,it is a private company of Nehru-hi family. Indian National Congress died on the very day when one of it's senior leader discovered a slogan,"India is Indra and Indrais India".So India needs the Congress (minus sycophants) with collective leadership&Democratic organization .Only such a Congress can serve nations interest.
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                        Aditya Vardhan Madabhushani
                        May 30, 2014 at 6:10 am
                        your idea of india is not shared by a majority of indians... so chill
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                          Appan
                          May 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm
                          Congress please go to . Don't talk about Majorities and Minorities. You fools divided the country and created all these problems. Stop the policy of divide and rule. No vote bank politics.
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                            ASIMHARDA
                            May 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm
                            First of all All Indians by nature irrespective of religion , political party group caste creed etc etc and influence of Bharat ma (ki dharti) - are SECULARPl dont mislead the indians on basis of Secularism. If u r interested to c bright future of congress , Pl dont give fundas , Just do one thing Make congress party , party of people not the Dynasty , New generation do not have slavery thinking mind set therefore changes are taking place nowFew sycophants for their future want congress under hi family, and there are very good personalities in the pary are side lined, eg P Narsimha rao the one of best PMs india had, VIRTUAL GHOST CREATED BY ALL POLITICAL PARTIES ESPECIALLY CONGRESS WANTS TO RULE THE COUNTRY - DAYS ARE GONE PEOPLE OF INDIA UNDERSTOOD ALL THESE. THEREFORE BJP IS IN FULL FLEDGE POWERUNDER NAMOs AND BJP LEADERSHIP COUNTRY WILL CERTAINLY HAVE NEW HIGHTS AND NEEDLESS TO SAY, INCLUSIVEI AM FIRM BELIEVER OF THAT DESPITE BEING NON BJP MEMBER
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                              baloo
                              May 31, 2014 at 4:01 am
                              India doesn't need Congress. It does need a center left liberal party and it will find one once the doom of this dynastic, poverty creating, corruption mired and high command party. The sooner congress party cease to exist the better it will be for the Indian democracy.Congress type arrangement is what India should be wary of. In a modern day democracy there is no place for parties like congress.
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                                Bloggervat Bloggervat
                                May 30, 2014 at 7:06 am
                                India needa congress, but cant afford to give them power.
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                                  Sreenivas Raghavendra
                                  May 30, 2014 at 5:11 am
                                  Pointing out no representation of Muslims among the 282 elected is an illogical, baseless allegations by a typical pseudosecular mindset who buys the twisted definition of secularism to mean appeat of certain groups /religions forming sizable Vote bank while the present ruling party i.e., BJP despite being attacked from all sides, marched ahead with "One India, Glorious India" slogan. On one side we have congress party flourished on sectarian governance and ruling by dividing which is only when they can constantly appease certain groups while systematically annihilating others and on the other side we have the present ruling party which does everything it does for the "Indians"! I don't understand the inability of some archaic, crooked and educated illiterate mindsets to see every elected individual as an "Indian" with no caste/religion tag while it's also true that No body restrained Muslims from contesting, who contested and LOST. The 282 strong party is the Indians' choice who if wanted to elect their representatives based on religion, could well have voted the Muslim candidates contested from other "secular" parties if at all the "fascist" BJP didn't have single Muslim contestant. Leaders are elected based on their potential and leadership aen and not based on "faith" or the religion they profess!India, the residual nation of Akhand Bharat after its limbs were chopped off, for Muslims was though initially meant for Hindus, was later labeled "secular" and sheltered people from all religions and gave them equal rights and additional privileges too unlike in those Islamic nations where there are no rights for Minorities whose potion has consistently dropped since the parion. Why did the author who is overtly (in his view, rightly) concerned about Minorities (Muslims, though actually not minorities ) in India lack slightest empathy for Hindus of stan who were sizable during parion but reduced to miniscule now?The entire content in the present article can be simply termed outright, categorically, a load of resulting from a disastrously biased and incredibly dangerous mindset with deep rooted hardline fundamentalist obsessed political ideology, with all praises for aristocracy, hegemony and dynastic rule flourished on nation destructive fascist political ideology and that runs by propagating hatred in society by showing seeds of division and discrimination and by orchestrating chicanery with military precision! Hindutva is not a destructive ideology but is an antidote for the Nation where a party with lack of respect for nation (perhaps for being headed by a foreigner, Italian to be specific) is enshrining dynastic rule, adopted pseudosecularism and fake socialism, spewing venom, raining hatred and oppression on the minds of people thus demonizing and dividing an otherwise egalitarian and harmonious society! Almost 70 years post independence, the shameless congress party that had irreparably and irrevocably demonized the Nehruvianism to the fullest is still playing politics based on religion which is a clear indication of apathy towards interests of citizens, instead of uniting people with no other affiliation but "Indian" thus building the nation progressively! Thus the present ruling party offers a collective solution for the nation and people in it whose lives were cribbed under the archaic and undemocratic rule of "East India" company before independence and "Eat India " Company (Congress) post independence!In a country that once known prosperity and that once shined in glory and geur, was attacked and people in it were enslaved, subjugated, looted and murdered - from the time of Islamic rule to the British rule, In a country that agreed to enshrine secularism even after parion based on "religion" but where secularism is actually minority appeat and Hindu victimization, In a country where Minorities have equal rights and additional privileges unlike in their nations where minorities have no rights, In a country where terrorists are treated as guests, served, provided security and a wsome e honeymoon package, included in national census too, thus epitomizing the concept of Athithi Devo Bhava , In a country where the lives of native citizens were cribbed but illegal immigrants are welcomed, provided aadhaar, ration cards and other benefits, and In a country where some people are inexplicably selfish and chooses to push their own agenda for vested interests despising the facts and interests of people in it, It's not surprising to see someone Targeting Modi who must have spoken something that would hurt their interests and fly directly in the face of the kind of secularism their believe in. Apparently for Modi secularism means "Nation First " and he is justified in announcing citizenization of Hindus and repatriation of illegal immigrants since India is the only land for Hindus while Muslims have 54 nations in all of which they are welcome! But the prefer India only (the country having highest number of mosques than all of them in all 54 Islamic nations combined) since they are "treated" like guests with government sponsored benefits, Hajj subsidies, equal rights, reservations etc etc since their vote becomes undeniably important for the self proclaimed secular forces to fight against Hindu forces. For once they never thought Indians themselves could vote for them if they do them good instead of looking their money, but since it was inevitable and already happened - they had to rely on illegal immigrants (non-Hindu only) for votes !Modi showed people truth and told them what he will do if voted to power while everybody else just confined their speeches to critizing Modi which is exactly recent development is not surprising for people who tactfully and irreparably decimated and routed the Anti National forces but might be surprising for politicians who never expected Indians to be this intelligent, wide and vigilant under their one rule. They thought of polarizing Muslim vote bank- they appeased only them - they even went to the extent of meeting religious leaders appealing them to appeal their people to cast only "secular" votes and not to split the secular vote bank. That way they reverse polarized the "Hindu Communal Votes"! That's how BJP aandhi could decimate hi Dynasty and the self proclaimed anti corruption crusaders who thought delivering good governance is a game an utopia can be achieved overnight!Thank God and Indians for saving India from the "Prince" who thinks utopia is a child's play and feels he can win over the hearts of Indians with his "43 years old but youth charm" while what he actually did is displaying his sanity which is lying in the bottom of a barrel, intellectual aen and leadership ability making Indians fear the the future of the nation in the hands of such a naive, inefficient, incapable and incompetent imbecile and chose their leader wisely. Indians are greatly indebted to the "prince" for this indirectly campaigning for BJP and making Indians release why they shouldn't vote for Congress!On a different note, Nehru's story, which is not simply history according to people like Shashi Tharur, is perhaps because History deals with facts in the past from which one can learn lessons, as opposed to His story which not worth any sane person's time.Notwithstanding what Nehru laid foundation for, the result of which is the India in the present , Our Nation in the Congress regime was constantly and systematically subjected to anarchist and draconian dynastic rule, subterfuge, prolific loot and is entangled in corruption, misery, conflicts in the name of caste and religion incited by politicians themselves in a bid to vindicate the interests of arch rivals, enshrine pseudosecularism by appeasing people of certain castes and religion that benefits none but only the leaders , with its democracy demonized and glory and prosperity in shambles with the lives of real poor being further cribbed and reeling in desolation while fruits of development are ured to certain groups forming sizable vote bank finally stalling the progress of the nation and hampering nation building.And in the end, what congress have1. Is a history to take refuge of, because the present is what they are (should be) actually ashamed of.2. Baseless unilateral attack in vain against a leader who stood their destructive criticism, hypocritical remarks and baseless allegations which revealed the diabolical mindset of themselves and was given a scathing retort by Indians, rose above that realm of created by them on earth to now focus on welfare and people-centered governance.3. Not a constructive mindset to introspect on their humiliating defeat and irreparable decimation but pointing fingers of condemnation at those who exposed their nations national mindset, still uming Indians are fools and unevolved.Such an ideology that's destructive and dangerous for a nation, is bound and destined to perish at an uncontrolled pace, and the future generations while witnessing no traces of it, would continue learning from their "history" as to how not to lead a country and how not a people elected leader/ politician should be.My deep and heart felt condolences for the rejection congress faced in recent elections Mr. Author! I could see the levels of insecurity, mental depravity and frustration you are suffering from, as a consequence but Let me ure you that with this mindset of yours, the trend will continue, no matter what! India says Congress is the Nation every Indian now dreams of and can live happily in!
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                                    Sreenivas Raghavendra
                                    May 30, 2014 at 6:41 am
                                    Pointing out no representation of Muslims among the 282 elected is an illogical, baseless allegations by a typical pseudosecular mindset who buys the twisted definition of secularism to mean appeat of certain groups /religions forming sizable Vote bank while the present ruling party i.e., BJP despite being attacked from all sides, marched ahead with "One India, Glorious India" slogan. On one side we have congress party flourished on sectarian governance and ruling by dividing which is only when they can constantly appease certain groups while systematically annihilating others and on the other side we have the present ruling party which does everything it does for the "Indians"! I don't understand the inability of some archaic, crooked and educated illiterate mindsets to see every elected individual as an "Indian" with no caste/religion tag while it's also true that No body restrained Muslims from contesting, who contested and LOST. The 282 strong party is the Indians' choice who if wanted to elect their representatives based on religion, could well have voted the Muslim candidates contested from other "secular" parties if at all the "fascist" BJP didn't have single Muslim contestant. Leaders are elected based on their potential and leadership aen and not based on "faith" or the religion they profess!India, the residual nation of Akhand Bharat after its limbs were chopped off, for Muslims was though initially meant for Hindus, was later labeled "secular" and sheltered people from all religions and gave them equal rights and additional privileges too unlike in those Islamic nations where there are no rights for Minorities whose potion has consistently dropped since the parion. Why did the author who is overtly (in his view, rightly) concerned about Minorities (Muslims, though actually not minorities ) in India lack slightest empathy for Hindus of stan who were sizable during parion but reduced to miniscule now?The entire content in the present article can be simply termed outright, categorically, a load of resulting from a disastrously biased and incredibly dangerous mindset with deep rooted hardline fundamentalist obsessed political ideology, with all praises for aristocracy, hegemony and dynastic rule flourished on nation destructive fascist political ideology and that runs by propagating hatred in society by showing seeds of division and discrimination and by orchestrating chicanery with military precision! Hindutva is not a destructive ideology but is an antidote for the Nation where a party with lack of respect for nation (perhaps for being headed by a foreigner, Italian to be specific) is enshrining dynastic rule, adopted pseudosecularism and fake socialism, spewing venom, raining hatred and oppression on the minds of people thus demonizing and dividing an otherwise egalitarian and harmonious society! Almost 70 years post independence, the shameless congress party that had irreparably and irrevocably demonized the Nehruvianism to the fullest is still playing politics based on religion which is a clear indication of apathy towards interests of citizens, instead of uniting people with no other affiliation but "Indian" thus building the nation progressively! Thus the present ruling party offers a collective solution for the nation and people in it whose lives were cribbed under the archaic and undemocratic rule of "East India" company before independence and "Eat India " Company (Congress) post independence!In a country that once known prosperity and that once shined in glory and geur, was attacked and people in it were enslaved, subjugated, looted and murdered - from the time of Islamic rule to the British rule, In a country that agreed to enshrine secularism even after parion based on "religion" but where secularism is actually minority appeat and Hindu victimization, In a country where Minorities have equal rights and additional privileges unlike in their nations where minorities have no rights, In a country where terrorists are treated as guests, served, provided security and a wsome e honeymoon package, included in national census too, thus epitomizing the concept of Athithi Devo Bhava , In a country where the lives of native citizens were cribbed but illegal immigrants are welcomed, provided aadhaar, ration cards and other benefits, and In a country where some people are inexplicably selfish and chooses to push their own agenda for vested interests despising the facts and interests of people in it, It's not surprising to see someone Targeting Modi who must have spoken something that would hurt their interests and fly directly in the face of the kind of secularism their believe in. Apparently for Modi secularism means "Nation First " and he is justified in announcing citizenization of Hindus and repatriation of illegal immigrants since India is the only land for Hindus while Muslims have 54 nations in all of which they are welcome! But the prefer India only (the country having highest number of mosques than all of them in all 54 Islamic nations combined) since they are "treated" like guests with government sponsored benefits, Hajj subsidies, equal rights, reservations etc etc since their vote becomes undeniably important for the self proclaimed secular forces to fight against Hindu forces. For once they never thought Indians themselves could vote for them if they do them good instead of looking their money, but since it was inevitable and already happened - they had to rely on illegal immigrants (non-Hindu only) for votes !Modi showed people truth and told them what he will do if voted to power while everybody else just confined their speeches to critizing Modi which is exactly recent development is not surprising for people who tactfully and irreparably decimated and routed the Anti National forces but might be surprising for politicians who never expected Indians to be this intelligent, wide and vigilant under their one rule. They thought of polarizing Muslim vote bank- they appeased only them - they even went to the extent of meeting religious leaders appealing them to appeal their people to cast only "secular" votes and not to split the secular vote bank. That way they reverse polarized the "Hindu Communal Votes"! That's how BJP aandhi could decimate hi Dynasty and the self proclaimed anti corruption crusaders who thought delivering good governance is a game an utopia can be achieved overnight!Thank God and Indians for saving India from the "Prince" who thinks utopia is a child's play and feels he can win over the hearts of Indians with his "43 years old but youth charm" while what he actually did is displaying his sanity which is lying in the bottom of a barrel, intellectual aen and leadership ability making Indians fear the the future of the nation in the hands of such a naive, inefficient, incapable and incompetent imbecile and chose their leader wisely. Indians are greatly indebted to the "prince" for this indirectly campaigning for BJP and making Indians release why they shouldn't vote for Congress!On a different note, Nehru's story, which is not simply history according to people like Shashi Tharur, is perhaps because History deals with facts in the past from which one can learn lessons, as opposed to His story which not worth any sane person's time.Notwithstanding what Nehru laid foundation for, the result of which is the India in the present , Our Nation in the Congress regime was constantly and systematically subjected to anarchist and draconian dynastic rule, subterfuge, prolific loot and is entangled in corruption, misery, conflicts in the name of caste and religion incited by politicians themselves in a bid to vindicate the interests of arch rivals, enshrine pseudosecularism by appeasing people of certain castes and religion that benefits none but only the leaders , with its democracy demonized and glory and prosperity in shambles with the lives of real poor being further cribbed and reeling in desolation while fruits of development are ured to certain groups forming sizable vote bank finally stalling the progress of the nation and hampering nation building.And in the end, what congress have1. Is a history to take refuge of, because the present is what they are (should be) actually ashamed of.2. Baseless unilateral attack in vain against a leader who stood their destructive criticism, hypocritical remarks and baseless allegations which revealed the diabolical mindset of themselves and was given a scathing retort by Indians, rose above that realm of created by them on earth to now focus on welfare and people-centered governance.3. Not a constructive mindset to introspect on their humiliating defeat and irreparable decimation but pointing fingers of condemnation at those who exposed their nations national mindset, still uming Indians are fools and unevolved.Such an ideology that's destructive and dangerous for a nation, is bound and destined to perish at an uncontrolled pace, and the future generations while witnessing no traces of it, would continue learning from their "history" as to how not to lead a country and how not a people elected leader/ politician should be.My deep and heart felt condolences for the rejection congress faced in recent elections Mr. Author! I could see the levels of insecurity, mental depravity and frustration you are suffering from, as a consequence but Let me ure you that with this mindset of yours, the trend will continue, no matter what! India says Congress is the Nation every Indian now dreams of and can live happily in!
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                                      Sreenivas Raghavendra
                                      May 30, 2014 at 7:17 am
                                      Pointing out no representation of Muslims among the 282 elected is an illogical, baseless allegations by a typical pseudosecular mindset who buys the twisted definition of secularism to mean appeat of certain groups /religions forming sizable Vote bank while the present ruling party i.e., BJP despite being attacked from all sides, marched ahead with "One India, Glorious India" slogan. On one side we have congress party flourished on sectarian governance and ruling by dividing which is only when they can constantly appease certain groups while systematically annihilating others and on the other side we have the present ruling party which does everything it does for the "Indians"! I don't understand the inability of some archaic, crooked and educated illiterate mindsets to see every elected individual as an "Indian" with no caste/religion tag while it's also true that No body restrained Muslims from contesting, who contested and LOST. The 282 strong party is the Indians' choice who if wanted to elect their representatives based on religion, could well have voted the Muslim candidates contested from other "secular" parties if at all the "fascist" BJP didn't have single Muslim contestant. Leaders are elected based on their potential and leadership aen and not based on "faith" or the religion they profess!India, the residual nation of Akhand Bharat after its limbs were chopped off, for Muslims was though initially meant for Hindus, was later labeled "secular" and sheltered people from all religions and gave them equal rights and additional privileges too unlike in those Islamic nations where there are no rights for Minorities whose potion has consistently dropped since the parion. Why did the author who is overtly (in his view, rightly) concerned about Minorities (Muslims, though actually not minorities ) in India lack slightest empathy for Hindus of stan who were sizable during parion but reduced to miniscule now?The entire content in the present article can be simply termed outright, categorically, a load of resulting from a disastrously biased and incredibly dangerous mindset with deep rooted hardline fundamentalist obsessed political ideology, with all praises for aristocracy, hegemony and dynastic rule flourished on nation destructive fascist political ideology and that runs by propagating hatred in society by showing seeds of division and discrimination and by orchestrating chicanery with military precision! Hindutva is not a destructive ideology but is an antidote for the Nation where a party with lack of respect for nation (perhaps for being headed by a foreigner, Italian to be specific) is enshrining dynastic rule, adopted pseudosecularism and fake socialism, spewing venom, raining hatred and oppression on the minds of people thus demonizing and dividing an otherwise egalitarian and harmonious society! Almost 70 years post independence, the shameless congress party that had irreparably and irrevocably demonized the Nehruvianism to the fullest is still playing politics based on religion which is a clear indication of apathy towards interests of citizens, instead of uniting people with no other affiliation but "Indian" thus building the nation progressively! Thus the present ruling party offers a collective solution for the nation and people in it whose lives were cribbed under the archaic and undemocratic rule of "East India" company before independence and "Eat India " Company (Congress) post independence!In a country that once known prosperity and that once shined in glory and geur, was attacked and people in it were enslaved, subjugated, looted and murdered - from the time of Islamic rule to the British rule, In a country that agreed to enshrine secularism even after parion based on "religion" but where secularism is actually minority appeat and Hindu victimization, In a country where Minorities have equal rights and additional privileges unlike in their nations where minorities have no rights, In a country where terrorists are treated as guests, served, provided security and a wsome e honeymoon package, included in national census too, thus epitomizing the concept of Athithi Devo Bhava , In a country where the lives of native citizens were cribbed but illegal immigrants are welcomed, provided aadhaar, ration cards and other benefits, and In a country where some people are inexplicably selfish and chooses to push their own agenda for vested interests despising the facts and interests of people in it, It's not surprising to see someone Targeting Modi who must have spoken something that would hurt their interests and fly directly in the face of the kind of secularism their believe in. Apparently for Modi secularism means "Nation First " and he is justified in announcing citizenization of Hindus and repatriation of illegal immigrants since India is the only land for Hindus while Muslims have 54 nations in all of which they are welcome! But the prefer India only (the country having highest number of mosques than all of them in all 54 Islamic nations combined) since they are "treated" like guests with government sponsored benefits, Hajj subsidies, equal rights, reservations etc etc since their vote becomes undeniably important for the self proclaimed secular forces to fight against Hindu forces. For once they never thought Indians themselves could vote for them if they do them good instead of looking their money, but since it was inevitable and already happened - they had to rely on illegal immigrants (non-Hindu only) for votes !Modi showed people truth and told them what he will do if voted to power while everybody else just confined their speeches to critizing Modi which is exactly recent development is not surprising for people who tactfully and irreparably decimated and routed the Anti National forces but might be surprising for politicians who never expected Indians to be this intelligent, wide and vigilant under their one rule. They thought of polarizing Muslim vote bank- they appeased only them - they even went to the extent of meeting religious leaders appealing them to appeal their people to cast only "secular" votes and not to split the secular vote bank. That way they reverse polarized the "Hindu Communal Votes"! That's how BJP aandhi could decimate hi Dynasty and the self proclaimed anti corruption crusaders who thought delivering good governance is a game an utopia can be achieved overnight!Thank God and Indians for saving India from the "Prince" who thinks utopia is a child's play and feels he can win over the hearts of Indians with his "43 years old but youth charm" while what he actually did is displaying his sanity which is lying in the bottom of a barrel, intellectual aen and leadership ability making Indians fear the the future of the nation in the hands of such a naive, inefficient, incapable and incompetent imbecile and chose their leader wisely. Indians are greatly indebted to the "prince" for this indirectly campaigning for BJP and making Indians release why they shouldn't vote for Congress!On a different note, Nehru's story, which is not simply history according to people like Shashi Tharur, is perhaps because History deals with facts in the past from which one can learn lessons, as opposed to His story which not worth any sane person's time.Notwithstanding what Nehru laid foundation for, the result of which is the India in the present , Our Nation in the Congress regime was constantly and systematically subjected to anarchist and draconian dynastic rule, subterfuge, prolific loot and is entangled in corruption, misery, conflicts in the name of caste and religion incited by politicians themselves in a bid to vindicate the interests of arch rivals, enshrine pseudosecularism by appeasing people of certain castes and religion that benefits none but only the leaders , with its democracy demonized and glory and prosperity in shambles with the lives of real poor being further cribbed and reeling in desolation while fruits of development are ured to certain groups forming sizable vote bank finally stalling the progress of the nation and hampering nation building.And in the end, what congress have1. Is a history to take refuge of, because the present is what they are (should be) actually ashamed of.2. Baseless unilateral attack in vain against a leader who stood their destructive criticism, hypocritical remarks and baseless allegations which revealed the diabolical mindset of themselves and was given a scathing retort by Indians, rose above that realm of created by them on earth to now focus on welfare and people-centered governance.3. Not a constructive mindset to introspect on their humiliating defeat and irreparable decimation but pointing fingers of condemnation at those who exposed their nations national mindset, still uming Indians are fools and unevolved.Such an ideology that's destructive and dangerous for a nation, is bound and destined to perish at an uncontrolled pace, and the future generations while witnessing no traces of it, would continue learning from their "history" as to how not to lead a country and how not a people elected leader/ politician should be.My deep and heart felt condolences for the rejection congress faced in recent elections Mr. Author! I could see the levels of insecurity, mental depravity and frustration you are suffering from, as a consequence but Let me ure you that with this mindset of yours, the trend will continue, no matter what! India says Congress is the Nation every Indian now dreams of and can live happily in!
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                                        khaling
                                        May 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm
                                        Congress is the party that embodies an idea called India
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                                          khaling
                                          May 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                                          India under Modi's model will be a nation like US. India under Rahul's model will be a nation even better than US.Under economic model of US n most Europe which our pm Modi is trying to emulate - 1% of the potion is better off than the rest 99%, there is mive discontent i.e. occupy wall street movement etc.. The nation must grow n prosper together. bottom to up. It should be inclusive. Every section of the society in diverse country like ours should be on board. There will be more problem of diffrent kind if the economic development is top to down.
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                                            Kay
                                            May 30, 2014 at 9:09 am
                                            No, your wrong.The minority affairs minister and one other are muslim.Next time speak with your facts straight.
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