The Congress Party, at present is a headless chicken. Of course, it has a titular head. But, it has no potential idea/ideas with it to mobilize people or its cadre. It has a de-facto chief, Rahul Gandhi, who does often shoot- and -scoot but of no avail. His video-messages from the unknown destinations are religiously lapped up by the bigwigs in the Congress. All in the Grand Old Party (GOP) are clueless on how to revive the party. As and when they raise their head with an issue, they think it, to be a potential one, they are beaten black and blue (metaphorically) in the social media as well as in the mainstream. This is in the karma of the Congress’ own-making that is haunting. Once they were all in their own La La-Land, wooing minorities, dividing the Hindus into castes and saddled in power. But now defanged facing the opposition within the opposition of India.
All liberals in the mainstream media are waiting for the resurrection of the old Congress to carry forward their liberal agenda. The Communist parties have neither liberal ideology nor freedom of speech anywhere in the world, including India. They latch on to Constitutional democracy. Poor Kanhaiya Kumar, when in JNU, stood for Communist Party of India’s ideology but now the very same party took displinary action against him. He left it and joined the Congress. Rahul Gandhi welcomed Kanhaiya and Jignesh Mevani, the supposedly youth icons into the Congress with open arms. As far as, Kanhaiya is concerned he would not leave his Communist ideology, though migrated to the Congress, like other Communists that turned to Congress earlier. How can Rahul Gandhi play soft-Hindutva or deliver statements like: Hinduism to be a peace-loving religion with Kanhaiya by his side? Communists in India abhor religion, specially, that of the majorities.
The entry of both Kanhaiya and Jignesh enthused many journalists in the liberal media. Kanhaiya proved to be a damp squib in Bihar by-polls. Moreover, very few votes the Congress Party polled. Anita Katiyal, the Delhi-based columnist in her recent column writes, “… knives are out for former Jawaharlal Nehru University president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was recently inducted into the Congress with great fanfare. Known to be Rahul Gandhi’s personal choice, Mr Kumar had campaigned extensively in the Tarapur Assembly constituency where the Congress polled a meagre 3,000 votes. Local Congress leaders are miffed that while they got little help by way of funds from the party, there was no holding back for Mr Kumar who moved around in a large cavalcade of vehicles during his campaign.” Now, whose strategy failed? The Congress Party boasts itself a democratic party but none questions the dynasts. Earlier, when Indira Gandhi joined hands with the Communists party, India was different. To emulate the same policy in this New India, is disastrous.
Now Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s promise of women reservation in Uttar Pradesh election-seats is a new gamble. In the western nations women are different from men. In India, that assertion has no place in the society. Anyway, when there is no-stake in a state, you could play any gamble. Her strategy seemed to be some kind of optics, a mild and sober politics. Many liberal-intellectuals are asking the Congress Party to go back to basics: the Constitutional Democracy—they call it. In that Constitutional secular democracy, the Congress Party played its minority-appeasement card well but now there is a dilemma. In this social media glare, that will be noticed and adversely effected.
Salman Khurshid, with no job on hand, entangled himself in miffs. In his recent book, he left a bombshell: ‘Hindutva is similar to ISIS and Boko Haram.’ He stunned everyone with it. Everyone started questioning him and some were calling it a self-goal of Congress. Then he retracted and said, I had not said ISIS and Hindutva are same, I had said that they are similar.” How does that matter? Many Indians think the two words i.e. ‘similar’ and ‘same’ are one and the same. As if the whole mess is not enough, Mani Shankar Aiyar waded in to this debate. He said (in a recent event), “Those of us who believe in the Hindu religion consider country’s all citizens Indians.” Notice: ‘Those of us’ means he is including himself to be a Hindu! Secularists in India, earlier used to say, that they don’t wear religion on their sleeve.
The secular- Congress Party is trying to remind the Hindus in India, that ‘Hinduism’ is different from ‘Hindutva’! How does it matter? Many people do not know that these two words are different. Because both carry: “Hindu-Hindu” as prefixes. The RSS in its vichar dhara says:-ism is a borrowed term from the West (because in the West they add –ism to everything viz. liberalism, capitalism, Communism, fascism, Nazism… what not. Whereas, –tva is a Sanskrit suffix and an indigenised one for Hindus. However, the proponents of Hindutva are the followers of Vivekananda, who (the Swami) always referred to Hindu religion as Hinduism. So, the Congress Party cannot go into such subtle details. It is not in its domain. Let it go into its secular political domain and see how it works in the present India. The Congress Party cannot compete with present BJP, a well-oiled, 24/7 vigilant party, with its part-time politicians that go on holidays and sabbaticals whimsically.