Silence of Sonia Rahul leading to Congress Debacle

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    Silence of the Gandhis: Time for them to talk and engage with the people

    The Gandhis, many would agree, are India’s most powerful political family as they head the most successful political party in independent India’s history.

    Astonishing, however, is their continued strategy of limited communication. The Gandhis never take questions, in public or in the media. Neither Sonia Gandhi, nor Rahul Gandhi – people who control the reins of our democracy – ever give a TV or a newspaper interview. They address political rallies with well-rehearsed speeches. There are no interactive sessions or audience questions. The rare press conference is stage-managed, with answers that often deflect the issues and no counter-questioning allowed.

    The family doesn’t give any views on issues affecting the country. It feels like it is beneath their stature to get involved in everyday affairs or with the commoners. They behave like rulers, not leaders. A few party members are often seen defending them. Meanwhile, the family sits in their castle smiling and waving at the crowds, the latter just happy to get a glance from the rulers.

    However ridiculous the above approach may sound, it has worked. A large proportion of the Indian population still sees the Gandhis as rulers, who shower us with their benevolence and provide cheap rice or reservation quotas (or the latest claim – mobile phones, as the Congress party 'allowed’ this western invention to be sold here). There are plenty of people who still worship the Gan-dhis, and are ready to fall at their feet simply because they are Gandhis.

    At the same time, the world has changed. The silent treatment just doesn’t work with people in the digitally connected world. Social networks, multiple TV channels, mobile phone updates are tools that didn’t exist in India two decades ago. Their penetration has, and will continue to grow in the coming few years.

    People expect rapid, direct, relevant and heartfelt communication from people in charge. These expectations rise in times of a crisis, which the nation has seen aplenty in the recent past. Whether it is rampant corruption, record inflation or the latest, the safety of citizens – the Gandhis have notanswered any questions. This has riled the educated middle classes.

    The anger seen at India Gate was not just for one particular case or issue. It was an outpouring against an uncaring and indifferent government. Does even the most blatant, violent rape of a common citizen not deserve a discussion? Should citizens not want to know what the views of the people in charge, which in this case happens to be the family, are?

    The people want the family to talk – not spokespersons, agents, sycophants or trained deflectors. They also want the family to speak with sincerity and what they truly feel, not read from rehearsed scripts. This is why the PM’s relatively harmless ‘theek hai’ caused so much outrage. It cemented the belief that the PM didn’t speak from the heart.

    Should the Congress change this strategy? After all, who cares about a few angry tweets when the muteness has worked well politically? However, the silence is a mistake. It is not inflation, corruption or even lack of safety that will ultimately bring the Congress down.

    What will make people lose faith is this silence, now coming across as a mix of smug arrogance, incompetence and lack of compassion. This silence once meant res-traint and poise. Today, it is seen as insensitive. If there is one thing the Congress party should, and could, easily change is to get the Gandhis to talk – not just read out speeches, but engage, interact and respond to questions and concerns.

    One of the biggest and somewhat underplayed threats to the Gandhis and the Congress is Narendra Modi. His third victory in Gujarat may not have made earth-shattering news, as expected. However, people are underestimating what it means for India’s politics. Not only did Modi win the third time, he did so without using any communal card. Resisting the temptation to use divisive politics, which always worked for him, wouldn’t have been easy. However, he adapted to the changing times.

    Some analysts argue that Modi’s autocratic style and polarising nature make him unfit to be a player in national politics. Again, they are reading Modi wrong. Modi is not as communal as he is opportunistic. Like any astute politician, he adapts to the new reality. Modi 1.0 was about Hindu politics. Modi 2.0 was about state development. And now, we will see a new version of him. Whether it is keeping his pride aside and taking sweets for the losing opponent Keshubhai
    Patel; or rendering a broad apology, right after his victory, for any of his mistakes – Modi is adapting to Modi 3.0 – the accommodative, inclusive and consensus-driven version.

    It will be foolish to write him off, or to think he won’t be able to make a few friends and tone down his rhetoric to make political gains. A good politician adjusts without being handicapped by his ego. At present there is no reason to believe Modi won’t be able to do so. This new Modi 3.0 threat alone is reason enough for the Gandhi family to change its tactics.

    The above should not be construed as support for Modi, or condemnation of the Congress or the family. It’s simply the new reality of Indian politics. The fact is that if Rahul and Sonia start engaging with the people, the Congress can regain a lot of the lost trust. Similarly, if Modi falters in adapting to Modi 3.0, he won’t go much further either.

    Overall, our leaders upgrading to better versions is good for Indian politics, and for Indian people. As Darwin said, the strongest or most intelligent don’t survive, those who adapt the best, do. The Gandhis need to eliminate their ego and adapt. They need to talk.

    The writer is a best-selling novelist.

    Silence of the Gandhis: Time for them to talk and engage with the people by The Underage Optimist : Chetan Bhagat's blog-The Times Of India

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    What the bloggist write is indeed very true.

    The manner in which the Congress party appears to have lost touch with the grassroot and the reality is indeed more disheartening even for the diehard political fan of the Congress.

    The whole problem is that the Congress leadership has allowed governance to drift since there was no effective leadership either at the Party level or in the Govt level.

    Read speeches indeed, even if fiery, does not have the connect with the people and it appears as if it is but being said as a matter of form and with total lack of conviction or sincerity.

    That doe snot gel with the people since the heart does not appear to be there.

    This lack of leadership at the level of the Govt and the Party has allowed snakeoil salesmen like political animals within the Govt to reap a rich harvest leading to the Govt having egg on its face in repeated succession.

    Their spokesperson on TV, notwithstanding their adjectives and feigning consternation at the brickbats coming their way has also not impressed anyone. In fact, they have come out as prevaricator and people not merely economical with the truth but as purveyors of near falsehood. That naturally does not auger well for the health of the Party or the Govt.

    To imagine a harmless statement of the PM of theek hai that actually was to check if the recording was correct being lapped up for insensitivity, indicates the ire of the general public. Sad!

    Liekwise, the false promises that inflation with be checked within months falling flat on its face as total lack of control and in fact falsehood aimed to lull or befool the people too has been a hard pill to swallow.

    When will the Congress wake up and get their act right? Or are they too suck to surface?

    The victory of the BJP and Modi in Gujarat does indicate that the Congress has lost the plot since notwithstanding the brouhaha that it will decimate the BJP this time around, it appears that the Congress themselves and their indirect supporters like Keshubhai have been decimated and even the Muslims of Gujarat seems to have abandoned the sinking ship! Sad!

    And adding insult to injury, the fact that Modi inspite of the unrelenting insidious campaign for some many years to collar Modi as a butcher seems to have fallen on its face this time around. and instead Modi won, without flaunting a communal card or claiming sympathy as an OBC. Both the platform that wins vote was rejected by Modi.

    Has the electorate got educated that these divisive vote catchers is no answer to their daily existence and instead they want promises and a better life delivered?

    When will the Congress learn?

    It is high time, the Gandhis speak as real leaders and not speech readers like TV anchors or pander to populism that is ruing the country even further!

    Let us hope that the requiem has not been sung for the Congress.

    Will it rise like the Phoenix?
     
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    Very nice article taking the issue wholistically.
    At present the Gandhis are ruling like, as if India is some sort of colony of some European country. If any body oppose them is treated like some rebellion trying to revolt against the HIS/HER Highness. [ Author may be the next rebel :p ]

    My take on this article is the current Gandhis are not only incompetents but also lack confidence and ability to lead by examples. They heavily rely upon their loyalists guidance/opinion/ advice to take small decisions, which shows their lack of the political perspective & understanding of India.

    IMO from the current scenario it seems some loyalists are giving wrong advises to the family [ The Title of article reminds me of a movie 'Silence of LAMBS'].
     
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    Much that the article and you say are right, but then they are handing over the political mantle on a platter to the Opposition.

    Already the nation is in a turmoil with the inefficient governance, but the danger is that it is leading India into a chaos.

    One cannot continually browbeat Mulayam or Mayawati for survival!

    One wonders what will be the sate of the Congress in the next election.

    I believe that Delhi is like a city in silence because of the security clampdown resultant of the poor rape victim of a girl having died and the Nation very restive and angry.

    This is hardly the way a Nation to survive!

    When will the leaders come out speak to the people with confidence and grit and will and take over the situation, rather than maintain silence, clampdowns, exhibiting arrogance, obfuscate and in short, being totally impotent?

    It is time for Leadership and not merely sail down the stream as the waves dictate!
     
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    @Ray sir, why do you say it is sad that the Gujrati muslims have abandoned the sinking ship called Congress? It's a step toward their own progress and upliftment and should be welcomed, not discouraged.
     
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    I am not saying that it is sad that the Gujarati Muslims has abandoned the sinking ship meaning the Congress.

    What that statement meant was that the Gujarati Muslims are quite fed up with the unproductive raves and rants of the NGOs, the Congress and others and just want to move on and gfet on with their lives and they must have found that the development of Gujarat is benefitting them more than the empty and hollow talk of the others.

    Isn't it surprising thattKeshubhai who is taken to be a tall leader of the Patels had to bite the dust?

    Gujaratis are basically commercial people, irrespective of religion, and the commercial people are people who can take risk, shocks and work hard and come up once again smelling of roses!

    And anyway, the Gujarat Congress is morally decrepit because they were banking on Shankar Singh Vagela an RSS man to lead them, and hoping that the breaking away of Kehubhai, another RSS leader would help them win.

    In short, the Congress was banking heavily on these RSS stalwarts!

    Hypocrisy at its best wherein on the national scene they condemn the RSS, but for the fishes and loaves of office, they lean heavily on the RSS stalwarts to save the Congress' bacon!
     
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    Point is that most of Indians don't see Rahul as fit for PM post and nobody likes Antonio Manio.
     
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    It appears that Sonia Gandhi has read this article of Chetan Bhagat and shaken herself of her perennial slumber.

    She spoke on TV last night, even though it was a prepared speech and she was reading.

    Can't they give her and poor embattled Manmohan Singh a teleprompter so that the speeches look genuine and from the heart?
     
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    Mahatma Gandhi had the right idea when he asked to dismantle Congress Party in 1947. In its current form it is nothing but a gaggle of crooks and gangsters looting the country with Nehru-Ghandy family as owners of this mafia.
     
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    Right Sir. Now I get your point.

    Congress is the most hypocritical party, without a doubt. Every party has got some semblance of ideology and standards. For Congress, nothing exists in that space. Null, zilch, void, nothing. :laugh: So it is hardly surprising that in a right-leaning state like Gujrat, Congress's Rahul Titanic has sunk in its maiden voyage. Same goes for Kesubhai who thought that Modi could be undermined merely by his guest appearance in the Gujrat political scene.
    Now these people are celebrating their impotence. Kesubhai is saying he won, in the sense that BJP lost 15 seats due to GPP-BJP vote division. The Congress top honchos are celebrating their impotence by saying that BJP could not win 117 just 115, so it is a clear victory for Congress. :lol:

    No wonder this country has started the process of purging the Congress from every walk of life.
     
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    The Congress Party per se was founded on solid principles, but down the line, it seems to have lost its lustre and what is saddening is that it is now without any direction floundering in the sea of politics totally rudderless and being swayed by the wind as it blows in different directions.
     
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    For god's sake let them be silient till 2014,our nation cant be saved even from god if they come back.It will be like mummy returns
     
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    You don't subscribe to Jo bole Sonia aur uske Lal??
     
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    Was watching the news and I had the misfortune of seeing this ugly witch's face, talk about being fake!
     
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    If that was really the case, then a Italian would not being ruling India right now!
     
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    But Italian food is the rave of the glitterati and chatterrati of Delhi.

    And then there is this Dalmia woman who shows how it is made on TV.=

    She also spices up her TV shows by saying a dew Itallian words which appear Greek to many and so you don't know if it is Greek food or Italian! :)

    And pizza for the hoi polloi.

    So, don't just decry Italian stuff!

    Mafia may also be around!
     
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    Well, I am not sure how some Congress folks are projecting Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate for 2014 elections against Narendra Modi (while not official, he is the most probable person with his proven track record, and now even Nitish Kumar has softened his stance against Modi as PM candidate).
    RG does not have any track record as an administrator, hasn't even held a ministry at either Centre or State governments, and still Congress leaders think that he will be the best for PM? Has dynasty worship grown to such levels that senior congress leaders with loads of experience bow at the feet of this political juvenile, who has not shown any political promise so far?
     
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    Chidambaram who was being touted as the PM has said he is not that foolish.

    But yes, it is time that the Congress projects a dynamic and pushy person as the PM candidate.

    Rahul Gandhi has not shown the calibre and it appears that he is in no mood to show it or he is just not up to the task.

    It is high time the Congress did or else it will become a footnote in the electoral scene.
     
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    Subramanian Swamy [email protected] 18h
    I am told that Ahmed Patel called PC and expressed displeasure over MK's veshti for PM statement. So PC will clarify today or tomorrow.
     

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