NEW CONGRESS PRESIDENT
The coronation of another scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty as head of the Indian National Congress was long-expected. But the natural heir Rahul Gandhi seemed to be impetuous and lacked the leadership qualities required for the high political post. He was not consistent in his behaviour and activities as a Congress leader destined to be the party’s president and eventually the Prime Minister of the Country. He absented himself in crucial times and has been on his sojourn abroad. Meanwhile his mother Sonia Gandhi took the reins as president of the party and made Manmohan Singh the PM, all the while trying to promote her son.
However, Rahul woke into spurts of activity at times and took charge of the opposition role with vigour. He showed such a waking during the recent Gujarat assembly elections, but the party lost the election to BJP again. Though, the Congress did perform better this time.
The need for a young energetic persevering head to the Congress Party is urgent as never before. Here is an enemy bend upon making the nation Congress-Mukt. And he has been able to weaken the party to same extent, a party that is devoid of power, frustrated and clinging to the opposition role, not able to lead other regional opposition by taking them in its fold. That task rests on new Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s shoulders.
The present Prime Minister is a life-long RSS cadre devoted to the organisation as a catholic priest wedded to celibacy so that his attention does not waver from his ultimate aim. Prime Minister Modi and Party President Amit Shah have a strategy to succeed and thwart the opposition’s unity, to divide and rule.
Of late, Rahul has been successful to make waves and he has the unquestionable allegiance to his dynastic stature from the Congress party. It is for him not to squander away the goodwill by relapsing into inactivity.
Also Party President Rahul Gandhi should be the guardian of the Nehruvian ideology of Secularism. The BJP minions have been saying secularism is India’s enemy because it stands on the way of promoting Hindutva. Rahul was exhibiting his religious devotion by praying in temples in Gujarat, saying his family were devotees of Lord Shiv and perhaps wearing janeu (sacred thread). Such gimmicks might get him some votes, but not enough to win. And soft Hindutva is no remedy for hard Hindutva. The Congress lost because of its conciliation of morals and ideals to fall into the trap of corruption and cheap populism to please communalist and regional forces.