Alive - - Editorial -

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.

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