(Brig (retd) GB Reddi)
The strategy followed by the “Dynasty” led by the uncrowned Empress of India, Sonia Ghandy is explicit and implicit – self destruction path not only for the “Dynasty” but also for the party and the nation.
The duo of dynasty – Sonia and Rahul Ghandy – are hell bent upon paralyzing the nation poised to face challenges and opportunities beckoning them at a moment of great economic crisis sweeping other nations world over.
Call them by whatever terms that one may wish – coterie, caucus, sycophants, yes men and cronies – the followers of the “Dynasty” are singing in chorus the negative musical notes prescribed by Sonia Ghandy: “It is either my way or no way.”
Desperation of the “High Command” is quite obvious. Out of power for the past two years rejected by the “Aam Admi” at the polls for cronyism and explosion of a series of scams, they are at a loss to recover the lost sway over the electorate by positive and constructive contribution to the nation.
Earlier the “Dynasty’ realizes that opportunism, obstructionism, exploitation, and hatred can only further alienate ‘vote banks’ and pave the way for irretrievable fall or self destruction of the “Grand Old” party. By losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits is a sure way to perpetuate self destruction unwittingly.
“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way” said Dalai Lama to his followers.
The “Dynasty” may like to take inspiration from Dalai Lamas sermon. They must overcome the existential challenge to them through resurgence of the “inner strength’ of the party or the core values.
Irrefutably, the core values of any political party or its bunch of leaders cannot be ‘destructive’ politics. For such a strategy at this crucial moment of opportunity awaiting the nation will sound a death knell to prospects of prosperity in posterity.
Such a strategy will not be condoned by the “Aam Admi”; electoral backlash is bound to strike a deadly blow to its resurgence.
Viewed in such a contextual framework, the right course for the Congress Party may be to pass laws like the GST and other economic reforms in this session and go to the masses claiming credit for playing “constructive” engagement with the ruling party.
Such a move will certainly gain and improve the image and credibility of the “Dynasty” and the Congress Party.
After all, opportunities will be available in social security spectrum to embarrass the ruling regime. The ‘loud mouths or ultra right fringe elements” are bound to provide ample opportunities for the “Dynasty” and the “Congress Party” to decry the ruling regime. In fact, sentiments and emotions of the “Aam Admi” that govern the poll outcomes are mostly shaped by positions taken by opposing forces on the social front. All other issues like foreign affairs or external security issues or technology breakthroughs pale into insignificance at the time of elections.
The right strategy is to allow the functioning of the Parliament and pass the GST Bills and other economic reforms legislations with due amendments that would send positive signals to the electorate as a responsible political party as opposed to being portrayed as the “Devil Incarnate”.