Miseries of the INC
The main drawback facing the Indian National Congress is the absece of a true/able leadership that can think and devise proper strategies/policies that will help both the party and the nation on a long term prospects.The party has always weared round the Nehru family for leadership.But the brilliance in adopting suitable approaches as is warranted by the imminent conditions is gradually on the wane.The 2 preconditions for a true leadership is ability and receptivity.Nehru had all these qualities due to his active presence in the freedom struggle and his association with people of diverse attitudes.So he had a commanding power on all his colleagues in the ministry.He could guide them also in the proper discharge of their work.
In the case of Indira Gandhi her long association with her father in the public field taught her many valuable lessons.Her boldness was an asset for her.She was shrewd enough to take even a U turn when she felt that it was to her advantage.The awareness of history that she got through the letters written to her by Nehru from the prison made her a wise /able lady who could handle any awkward/adverse situation.There was a distinct deterioration in the quality of leadership during the initial years of Rajiv Gandhi.But this was soon overcome with the active support of many of his trusted and experienced colleagues and well wishers.But he could not give a proper training to his chidren who spent their school years in hostels under Z category protection following the assassination of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.As Sonia was also not involved in politics both Priyanka and Rahul kept away frompublic life.
During the rule of Narasimha Rao the family had not much role to play.It was after the exit of Rao that Smt Sonia Gandhi started showing interest in the affairs of INC.As it was easy for a Nehru family member to act as a rallying point among the infighting INC leaders Smt Sonia got the leadership.Many of these leaders wanted to take advantage of their loyalty to the family for achieving their selfish motives and negating the fortunes of their detractors.Ultimately when Dr ManMohan Singh was chosen as the PM candidate she became the defacto head of the party as also the government.The 2 terms of the UPA in office saw the slow and sready weakening of the office of the Indian prime minister’s office.The INC leaders who knew very well that their position in the INC will be secure as long as they had the backing of the party president.This led to a condition wherein the ministers became emperors of their portfolio and the PM had no effective control or even knowledge as to how they functioned.The rivalry among the ministries violated all principles of a responsible council of ministers where these differences ought to have been sorted out by seeking the opinion of the PM .In fact there were so many Prime Ministers.Dr Singh ,though an academician/beaurocrat of impeccable integrityhad to remain a silent spectator in all these matters.Many of the reforms he implemented were beneficial for India in the long term.But the lack of skill to lead/control the infighting greedy group of ministers has lande him into a most pitiable situation.His own party vice president publicly repudiated/insulted him in a most savage style by gate crashing on to an officially convened press meet.He had the audacity to tear away a copy of the ordinance under scrutiny.When Dr Singh says he is ready to work at the feet of Rahul,he is insulting the people who have put him on that chair with so much of hopes and aspirations .He should have strongly expressed his anger /protest over this and demanded an unconditional apology from the rude leader.In that case the young Rahul would have had no other options except a public apology to the PM.That would have forced Rahul also for a rethinking and might have led to a sobering of his rudeness.
Now all such stages are over and we have entered a point of ‘show of strength.At least at this stage Dr Singh should not stoop down to the level of personally attacking the opposition PM candidate.Mr Nm is also a leader who has mustered the support of a thumbing majorityof people to become the CM of an important state for the 3rd consecutive term.When we compare the disasters brought about by a silent,remote controlled PM for 2 terms .The expected disaster from an able,outspoken and energetic PM like NM will be negligible.Such disasters will be felt ,not by the common people,but those leaders who used their power and position for looting this great nation of it’s rich natural resources for the benefit of their own henchmen.