GENERATION POLITICIANS OF INDIA:
WHERE IS WALK-THE-TALK ACT?
They have become central figures
of the regional politics by virtue of being sons or daughters of the political
heavyweights. They got the political chair in inheritance.
Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of
largest state, Uttar Pradesh is a dynasty politics product. Taking the office
with clear majority, when the Samajwadi Party won the assembly election last
year, could have only one direct implication – people of the state, one of the
most backward in India, needed change because they had refused another
clear-majority government, of Mayawati’s, elected in the previous rule. Mayawati’s
government was a miserable failure but, unfortunately, Akhilesh’s government too,
is heading to the similar territory.
His one year of rule is a sorry
picture of increasing lawlessness and governance failure in the state. The
worrying sign is the future looks grim and there looks no roadmap to take the
curative measures. Also, Akhilesh belongs to a political family with its head
(Mulayam Singh Yadav) embroiled in disproportionate assets case. Also, Akhilesh
belongs to a party that has become synonymous with political opportunism and
M K Stalin, younger son and heir of the DMK
(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) patriarch M Karunanidhi is, too, a product of the
dynasty politics. Given the history of regular government changes in Tamil
Nadu, Stalin is slated to become the chief minister of the state in the future.
Stalin has been named in a
flyover scam. He has been booked for land grab charges. Karunanidhi’s family is
facing serious corruption allegations. There are corruption charges against
Kanimozhi and M K Alagiri. Kanimozhi was arrested in the multi-billion dollar
2G spectrum scam. A Raja, the alleged central face of the 2G spectrum scam, has
been and is being brazenly defended by the DMK.
Though, both, the DMK and the SP
are political parties with regional presence, they play, have played and will
be playing significant role in the national politics that has become coalition
And it would not be big deal, if
the political developments throw names of Akhilesh Yadav or M K Stalin as
potential successor for the prime-ministerial chair sometime (sometimes) in the future. The country has already
seen such political equations in the past when Chandra Shekhar, H D Deve Gowda
and Inder Kumar Gujaral got the residential address of the 7 Race Course Road. Even if that doesn’t
happen soon, they already have the larger states with millions of people to
Sandeep Dikshit, son of the Delhi chief minister and Member of Parliament from Delhi, doesn’t stand the
‘national politics’ chance because he is in the Congress party. Yes, he has all
the valid reasons to hope to become the chief minister of Delhi riding on the wave of the dynasty
politics. In line with the trend, Sandeep, too, is facing corruption allegations.
H D Kumaraswamy, a former chief
minister of Karnataka and son of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, and another
product of the dynasty politics, has been named in disproportionate assets and
land scam cases. Also, Janata Dal has seen so many splits that his party, JD(S)
(Janata Dal-Secular) doesn’t stand a chance to give Kumaraswamy a chance, like
his father got, to become a potential name for the prime minister’s office.
But, in spite of the corruption taints, he has all the chances to make it to
the chief minister’s office of the state.
it is all about the Badal family. The dynasty rules here. There are corruption
allegations. There are charges of disproportionate assets. No one in the state
is reacting seriously on the highhandedness of the police officials and the
goons, especially in the second consecutive term of the ‘Badal family’ in the
The second generation lot, if
they don’t come across chances in the national politics, they know they have
larger states to rule, which they rule more like kings because they know they
can easily manipulate the System by being the kingmakers in the national politics in the age of
coalition politics with rise of satraps driven regional political parties.
The other potential kingmakers in
the national politics of the coalition era, apart from the SP and the DMK are
the AITC (All Indian Trinamool Congress), BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), JD(U)
(Janata Dal-United), BJD (Biju Janata Dal), TDP (Telugu Desam Party) AIADMK
(All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and the Left Front parties.