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The editorial in the latest issue of Organiser,titled ‘Death of Ideology; Overtaken by Servile Flattery’,observes....

Written by Suman K Jha |
May 14, 2009 10:37:50 pm

The editorial in the latest issue of Organiser,titled ‘Death of Ideology; Overtaken by Servile Flattery’,observes: “A unique feature of the campaign for the 15th Lok Sabha was the ruling establishment’s explicit unease with confronting national issues. The Congress tried its best to avoid any discussion on the UPA government’s five-year record in office. The entire effort was to focus on trivia. In this,the media’s obsession with the Congress first family proved helpful. It is early to say how it will play out in the race for capturing the ballot box. But it certainly succeeded in circumventing the real issues. There was a concerted effort to establish that ideology has no place in the politics of the new century. This is surprising. Because only a few months ago the Indian media hailed the restoration of ideology in US presidential debate by an audaciously articulate Barack Obama. As a journal committed to uphold ideology in national life we feel deeply pained by the absence of real debate in the weary,long-drawn Indian national election.”

He adds: “The enthusiasm of the editorial writers for the cavalier remarks of Rahul Gandhi on post-poll options marks a new decline in political standard. If both the opposition and the ruling formation are to kiss and join hands to share power after the poll,why should we elect a new government at all? If politics is all about keeping the same lot of discredited men and women in power,why hold elections? As Sonia Gandhi nominated Manmohan Singh,this privileged set of people will select the new regime. Why ask for a people’s mandate? A learned editor asked on a Times Now television debate,please define to me what is ideology? He was arguing that there was no ideology left in politics”.

He concludes: “Rahul Gandhi’s bizarre utterances in a press conference last week elicited a wild acclaim in the loyal media. The Congress supporters argue that what Rahul Gandhi tried to portray was the indispensability of the Congress in the post-poll scenario,and that he was delivering a body blow to the NDA. His wicked query was,‘Where is the NDA on the ground? It exists only in the BJP’s mind’. Sycophants after all are nothing more than toady,servile flatterers. Let us not get deceived by their platitudes”.

 

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Left behind by history

In a piece titled “Communists: Neither here nor there,” Jay Dubashi writes: “What has happened to communists? They are neither here nor there,not only in India but all over,the world eking out an existence on the margins of national politics,and reduced to political beggary of the most miserable kind. At one time,they crowed about lording it over the entire world — their slogans were always international. The world has,of course,passed them by forcing the few parties that manage to survive to live on charity. Cuba is still alive because of the alms it receives from Venezuela and North Korea because of China. And what about Kerala and West Bengal in our own backyard? But who can say they are alive?

He adds: “A few weeks ago; Tatas rolled out their baby car — supposedly the cheapest car in the world — from Mumbai. The car will be produced in Gujarat and also Pantnager,but not from Singur in West Bengal. The West Bengal government is such an incompetent lot that they just blew it. This is what Communists do. They just do not understand the modern world,living as they do one whole century behind times,and end up,like the Third Force,on the dung heap of history,licking their wounds…My experiences with Communists have been invariably negative”.

 

— Compiled by Suman K Jha

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