May 18, 2009 1:58:52 am
• One can hardly disagree with Shekhar Gupta. The decimation of the Left,the BSP,the AIADMK and,to some extent,the BJP was not on expected lines,and the results seem to have come as a shock to these political formations. That apart,the results are a classic case of poetic justice. A decent,honest,upright,dedicated and a deeply committed man like Manmohan Singh was humiliated by an arrogant Left and vilified to no end by the nations main opposition party,with personal attacks. The electorate took due note of these transgressions and delivered a huge snub to these peoples with over-bloated egos.
• Verdict 2009 is a big boost for Indian democracy,which was of late being questioned by many for its workability.
The ever unpredictable and prudent Indian voter has once again proved the pollsters and pundits to be far off the mark,and all marathon TV debates on who will be prime minister and who will go with whom ended up being exercises in futility. It is an extremely positive and much desired development that the voter has ultimately,and decisively,rejected the politics of identity,negativism,Right/ Left maximalism and has put back the national parties on the centrestage by cutting to size the regional players,divesting them of their bargaining and blackmailing powers. The mandate is unambiguously for stability,development and better life. Free of earlier shackles,Manmohan Singh has now the mammoth responsibility of delivering according to the aspirations of the people.
• The 2009 election has been underpinned by the national mood. It has set at rest the extravagant ambitions and supercilious attitude of regional politicians who had started having grandiose ideas about their indispensability and their fitness for the PMs chair. No harm in doing that if you measure up to the standards needed for that post,but it is dangerous if you harbour ambition without the requisite capability of doing the job. Let us hope that the Congress will not squander the chance and that it will build further on these gains. Indias voters have sent out a message loud and clear.
Time for lessons
• There are some lessons from the results for the Congress. One,beware of complacency. Doubtless,our seasoned PM will be fully seized of this. Two,leave Rahul Gandhi alone. He is a well-intentioned young man who must be left free to pursue what he wants and not be persuaded to join the cabinet or likewise. When the time comes,he will emerge a much stronger and wiser leader.
Dara T. Gandhy Mumbai
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