River Cruise or Ganga Yatra?
Most people in the western countries go in for a cruise for recreation. It could be either in a river or sea. For, they like to travel in huge water bodies in which they get cool breeze and could gaze at natural surrounding-places with vegetation. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took up her political campaign in a high- voltage election by the mode of motor-boat in water, addressing small, small gatherings of farmers and fishermen, as is told by the Congressmen, that it works well for party! For bigger things and bigger people her brother and the party president Rahul Gandhi is there for addressing! It’s the good fortune of the Congress party that both brother and sister are available in the country without disappearing in foreign lands as is their habit. The Congress needs to be grateful to them.
Whatever accusations Priyanka made in the so-called Ganga Yatra against the Government would bounce back against her party, the Congress. For, she is carrying the legacy and liability of the dynasty rule. Priyanka said institutions are subverted now. Going by history, it was Indira Gandhi who subverted all institutions during emergency. In this age and time of Modi-regime, the country is digitised and there is lot of transparency.
Whatever evils Priyanka said were all started and sustained in the Congress rule. When Indira Gandhi had been decreed guilty of corrupt electoral practices by Allahabad High court, she did not wait to hear the supreme court ruling and proclaimed emergency by saying “to save democracy”! She imposed rigid press censorship, suspended Constitutional rights. In her time there was colossal corruption. Illicit financial operations were done to collect black money for election campaigns. The condition of the poor worsened to poorer, hungry hungrier, the youth jobless, small farmers in untoward misery and big farmers flourished. ‘Priyanka looks like Indira Gandhi’, the Congress says!
Priyanka keeps talking about-‘ the idea of India’. Secularism? The distorted version of secularism practised by the Congress was rejected by people in 2014 lock, stock and barrel. Cronyism – capitalism, nepotism and favouritism were all the gifts of Congress to this nation. They were rampant during the Congress rule than in any other rule. The casteist-corpse left by the Congress in Uttar Pradesh is still being carved by the SP-BSP combine. About the corruption in all the Congress’s rulings, the less said the better. Priyanka has come with a heavy baggage. For the people to believe a leopard to have shed its spots, is too difficult. The poverty of the country perennially thrived during Nehru and Indira Gandhi’s time. Only Narasimha Rao-government (a non-dynast one) with its liberalisation policy brought some semblance. This country deserves much more capable leaders than the dynasty.
Coming to Priyanka Vadra’s recent Yatra- speech, she told those small gatherings that she had come outside her cosy confines for their sake. Alluding to prime minister, she said: ‘Chowkidar is only for rich, farmers and poor cannot afford one’. She should know that the prime minister meant that –‘he is the Chowkidar of the country’. That includes the rich and poor. The nation needs a Chowkidar kind leader for security. Main Bhi Chowkidar campaign got traction because of the foul ‘Chowkidar chor- kind campaign’. The rich people’s movements are known better to the Chowkidar than any of the inmates. He is privy to where the rich goes and what he does. That input he could share to nab wrong doing.
Priyanka appealed to those few who attended her meets that: they have to decide the fate of country as the idea of India is at stake, as the Constitution is at stake and as handful people are running the country democracy is stake etc. As matter of fact, these things she has to tell to herself. How many people have run UPA I & II ? Only one, her mother. At times she (Priyanka) from behind and her brother(Rahul-the Congress president now) from the front with occasional outbursts. Of course, the other maverick leaders used to shoot their mouth to show that there was still democracy in the country that works. Anyway, they were not tightly leashed to showcase democracy and freedom of speech in display! The ultimate boss saw to it that their rantings would help her.
By the way, what’s ‘the idea of India’ for Congress? They’re not able to specify. Are they lamenting that their goody-goody secularism which they masqueraded so long as some kind of wisdom to people, has gone? Why are they taking up these Ganga Yatras and temple going now, not earlier? Here, it’s not to question their right to do what they wish to. The pertinent point is, the Congress in earlier avatars never did. Jawaharlal Nehru was an agnostic and never minced words to say so. Similarly, Indira Gandhi never revealed which religion she belonged to and kept it under wraps. Occasional pictures shown by the Congress about their leaders (one or two vague pictures) near some holy spot would not suffice.
The Congress distorted secularism to suit their vote-bank, is a fact. Priyanka needs to explain what her idea of India meant? Whatever Priyanka said seemed to be a devil quoting scriptures.
I am Indira Garimella living in Hyderabad. I hold a Master’s Degree and M. Phil (in English) with M.Ed. I worked as PGT in English in Government run Residential Schools. I have been associated with Pragna Bharati, Hyderabad (an RSS backed NGO) for the past 25 years. I was one of the office-bearers in the Organisation from 1994 to 2004 i.e. I was the in-charge of Publications during that period. I have been a keen observer of National Politics and also write letters and articles to the English and Telugu newspapers from time to time.