It looks all gloomy, beyond the
point of return, at least, for this Lok Sabha polls, with the polls just two
The opinionating is increasingly
voicing its outrage against the Congress party and the United Progressive
Alliance government, the union government of India, led by the Congress party
and headed by Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi.
The run of analyses and the
subsequent trends are foretelling a historic loss for the Congress party with all
pre-poll surveys giving the grand old party of India a historically low
representation in the Lok Sabha.
Absolutely high anti-incumbency, senseless
acts leading to price-rise in every segment and senseless statements on
price-rise, epidemic level of political corruption - the humiliation that the
party had in the recently held assembly polls was not without its ground.
Still, Rahul Gandhi and the
Congress party can expect (in real terms) to reclaim the lost ground if Rahul
Gandhi does certain radical things, proving innocence of his thoughts and
genuineness of his concerns when he talks about the politics of change, when he
says he wants to involve the nation in the process of changing the System.
Yes, unthinkably radical they are
when we see them in the context of the prevailing polity of the Congress party:
Apoligising to the nation,
unconditionally, for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots (and ensuring that the
justice be done finally, irrespective of who gets what, independent of the
affiliations of the people involved)
Distancing completely from the
Robert Vadra controversies over the corruption allegations and ensuring that
law takes its course (independent of the family and party affiliations of
the people involved)
Distancing his personal and
political persona from the appeasement poll planks like getting the Jains
the ‘minority’ tag or other policies to secure short-term electoral mileage
like the incessant rant of Muslim reservation before every election, that, in
the long-run, divide the societies. Yes, I am pro-reservation and a supporter
of the affirmative action by the state, but, after 60 years, it is the high
time that we look at the methods involved to assess the achievements and acidic
effects that it has had on our society.
Ensuring that the Adarsh
Commission report is implemented in honest spirit (yes, and ensuring that
the culprits don’t get a chance to manipulate the System, irrespective of who
gets what, independent of the affiliations of the people involved)
Launching a movement and
exerting his political influence honestly to let the political parties under
the purview of the RTI Act (getting the bill, that intends to amend the RTI
Act to get the political parties out of the purview of the RTI Act, bypassing
the Central Information Commission’s order of June 3, 2013, out of the
legislative stalemate, and thus killing it finally, and not shielding behind
the arguments like the RTI Act doesn’t cover the Judiciary or the Press and the
political parties’ inclusion under the RTI Act needs to be seen in that
context, as he said in a recent TV interview.)
No one can say of the outcome
with surety but doing so in quick succession, within the limit of the limited
time-frame available before the Lok Sabha polls, would certainly help the Brand
Rahul Gandhi in unexpected and positive ways.
Yes, Rahul Gandhi and the Congress
party need to do so honestly to realise that. But can Rahul do that? The
radical elements involved in doing so will bust many. Is he ready to pay the
price to play it genuine, to walk-the-talk, to play it long-term?