I was reading the March 30 issue of the Outlook and came across an opinion column by Nayantara Sahgal Nehru’s Turning In His Graves which condemns the inflammatory remarks of Varun Gandhi in UP. Although I myself am in wholehearted support of this condemnation, this article unfortunately paints Congress and Nehru family as one. Though this fact is a widely believed one, to come from someone who belongs to the family nullifies the claims Congressmen make, of having their own identity and not just being part of an archaic political party. Truth is Congress is in name and spirit all but Nehru family which is evident by the control that the family musters over the party.
Congress has a line of very senior political leaders and is trying to pull in young blood but it seriously needs to break from the family bondage and get its own identity and thoughts. There’s more to this billion strong nation besides the ideologies of a single family. We’re democracy and the Congressmen need to understand that!
Excerpts from article:
…while Varun is no doubt a fourth-generation descendant of the family, let us not forget that both he and his mother, Maneka, made an open break with the family. Varun may have only been a toddler when Maneka severed her ties with the family, but he struck out just as irrevocably when he joined the BJP some five years ago. His break with the family and its ideals was just as decisive as his mother’s. He owes his allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now, and his connection to the Nehru-Gandhi family is now completely irrelevant…
…difference between Varun and his cousins, Rahul and Priyanka, is that while they were nurtured on the family’s secular ideals… …The Congress, whatever its sins, is dedicated to secularism and the unity of India… …other language is secularism and peace and equal respect for all religions. That is the language I speak, and that is the language of the Congress…
Pardon my poor understanding of Indian History and Polity, but the way this article talks it feels (which is always denied by Congress and claimed by everyone else) that there is very little differentiating Congress from the Nehru (now Gandhi) Family.
I believe democracy is above lineage and one single family would never muster the competencies for the collective good of a billion strong nation. Congress should and must try and break out of the family ideals and present some thought leadership to take our nation ahead. I don’t say secularism and Unity of India are not important, but there are more important tasks at our hand, viz. national security, employment, inflation, etc. which should be the center of every political party’s focus.
Disclaimer: In no spirit do I support the inflammatory remarks of Mr. Varun Gandhi, nor do I have any political affiliations yet.
To reiterate my disclaimer I do not have any political affiliations and criticizing Congress doesn’t mean I support other political parties.