Rahul the heir to the dynasty
“If hereafter things go wrong, we will have nobody to blame except ourselves. Not to lay their liberties at the feet of even a great man or to trust him with powers which enable him to subvert their institution. Bhakti in religion may be a road to the salvation of the soul, but in politics Bhakti or heroworship is a sure road to degradation, and to eventual dictatorship.”
—Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, January 26, 1950
Politically speaking day after tomorrow, Thursday the 17th of April 2014, you will make your choice about your ruler, hopefully, for the next five years. It could also be till the time the new government lasts. Don’t we remember what happened after the 1977 Parliamentary election or when BJP’s Vajpayee heading NDA had to quit after 13 months in office in 1999? While the voters in different States have the choice of candidates belonging to regional parties to choose from, the three major National players are Congress, BJP and the new entrant AAP playing the role of a joker in the pack.
As for the communists, they are already cornered and marginalised. I wish communists were there in UPA-2 to act as a watchdog and to rein in the UPA-2 from its waywardness in administration and indulgence in open corruption. Sadly BJP as Opposition, probably, winked at the UPA-2 maladministration and corruption hoping to capitalise on it during this election!
The failure on the part of the regional political parties to take the country towards political polarisation, thereby political stability, by aligning either with Congress to become part of the UPA-3 or with the NDA-3 (taking into account Vajpayee’s 13-month rule) does not portend well for the country’s unity and democracy. It is in this context, the educated citizens, at least, should think deep and independently in making their choice as voters.
The illiterates, bonded-voters from the vote banks of political parties and those who have sold their v...more