Sonia’s Self-Destructive Streak by Rajinder Puri SignUp
Boloji.com
Boloji
Home Kabir Poetry Blogs BoloKids Writers Contribute Search Contact Site Map Advertise RSS Login Register
Boloji
Channels

In Focus

Analysis
Cartoons
Education
Environment
Going Inner
Opinion
Photo Essays

Columns

A Bystander's Diary
Business
My Word
PlainSpeak
Random Thoughts

Our Heritage

Architecture
Astrology
Ayurveda
Buddhism
Cinema
Culture
Dances
Festivals
Hinduism
History
People
Places
Sikhism
Spirituality
Vastu
Vithika

Society & Lifestyle

Family Matters
Health
Parenting
Perspective
Recipes
Society
Teens
Women

Creative Writings

Book Reviews
Ghalib's Corner
Humor
Individuality
Literary Shelf
Love Letters
Memoirs
Musings
Quotes
Ramblings
Stories
Travelogues
Workshop

Computing

CC++
Computing Articles
Flash
Internet Security
Java
Linux
Networking
My Word Share This Page
Sonia’s Self-Destructive Streak
by Rajinder Puri Bookmark and Share
 


One reason for the current turmoil in both Congress and BJP lies in the fact that neither party observes the most basic principle of inner party democracy. Readers might recall that as recently as August 28th while discussing the RSS I wrote in these columns: “Democratic parties are supposed to function through elections. Unfortunately not a single party functions like this in India . The meek acceptance of leaders appointed by high commands is symptomatic of the malaise in Indian politics.” Thanks to Sonia Gandhi national attention has shifted from the travails of the BJP to the growing mess in the Congress after Rajshekhar Reddy’s death. 

The succession issue in Andhra is simple. The late Chief Minister’s son is a young first term MP. Overwhelmingly the Andhra MLAs want him to succeed to the vacant post. Sonia Gandhi is reluctant to oblige. Various reasons are being broadcast to justify this. “The son is too young; he is too inexperienced; his succession will set a bad precedent for other states.” Other reasons are whispered to justify the same. “The Andhra loyalists of the late CM have commercial interests in installing the son. There is a smell of corruption in the air…” 

All this is irrelevant. The legislators from Andhra are reinforcing the norms created by the central leadership of the Congress party. The motives of the Andhra MLAs today are no different from what they were when Rajshekhar Reddy was alive. The High Command of the Congress earlier benefited hugely from those motives both politically and financially. Why cannot it continue to do so now? As for the inexperience of the CM’s son, it should be cancelled by his parentage. The experience that Congress leaders in the past owned before assuming the highest office in the land diminishes the relevance of experience. In other words, the chickens of dynastic rule are coming home to roast. Therefore Sonia Gandhi should not sulk but exult. If the Congress moves towards dynastic federalism it will be a step forward. If Sonia Gandhi attempts to scotch the Andhra revolt the Congress may have to pay very dearly for that. 

The worm has turned. Sonia Gandhi can only stop it by killing it. In that event, who from Andhra will fill the coffers of the central party…?      

10-Sep-2009
More by :  Rajinder Puri
 
Views: 979
Share This Page
Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share
Name*
Email ID*  (will not be published)
Comment
Verification Code*
S4J26
Please fill the above code for verification.

    

 
 
Top | My Word



Solitude and other poems by Rajender Krishan
 


    A Bystander's Diary     Analysis     Architecture     Astrology     Ayurveda     Book Reviews
    Buddhism     Business     Cartoons     CC++     Cinema     Computing Articles
    Culture     Dances     Education     Environment     Family Matters     Festivals
    Flash     Ghalib's Corner     Going Inner     Health     Hinduism     History
    Humor     Individuality     Internet Security     Java     Linux     Literary Shelf
    Love Letters     Memoirs     Musings     My Word     Networking     Opinion
    Parenting     People     Perspective     Photo Essays     Places     PlainSpeak
    Quotes     Ramblings     Random Thoughts     Recipes     Sikhism     Society
    Spirituality     Stories     Teens     Travelogues     Vastu     Vithika
    Women     Workshop
RSS Feed RSS Feed Home | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Site Map
No part of this Internet site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright holder.
Developed and Programmed by ekant solutions