It is beyond understanding that why the political analysts and the pundits give undermining (and derogatory) epithets like ‘the humble onion’ to the evergreen vegetable of Indian cuisine, especially when it is having the singular achievement of creating a sense of fear in an otherwise insensitive, brazen, corrupt and ruthless political class in the country.
After all, a vegetable that has single handedly brought down elected governments, and that too, more than once in the political history of India, and has been regularly bringing tears to their eyes, should be given the respect it deserves.
The politicians and the pundits must realize it in the context of the fact that this ‘humble looking onion’ is ferocious enough to extort even from the hard-nut politicians.
Also, undermining onion is not aesthetic. Its ‘power politics potential’ when combined with its bright red shiny outer cover (the prevalent variety in India) makes it an aesthetically ominous symbol warning the stakeholders to beware and take stock of the situation.
Those who get it in time escape its wrath. Those who still ignore its lethal potential get the boot.
Why don’t the politicians and the pundits understand it? Why do they fail to understand it over and over again?
But that’s the way Indian politicians and the pundits have been!
Also, onion has yet another ‘powerful’ power quotient.
Indian polls are dominated by two types of sentiments largely – religious sentiments and caste sentiments.
These two anti-development factors have pushed to the periphery almost every element of the pro-development politics giving rise to the criminal and corrupt elements in Indian politics to a level of epidemic where the rot is self-evident and is eager to put its brazenness on shameless display with an increasing audacity.
And the power of onion politics has been able to give the ‘household sentiments’ dominance over the religious and caste sentiments on more than one occasion in the electoral history of India, something that makes it a logical tool to be exploited further.
India of the day needs an ever increasing dominance of the ‘household sentiments’ in its electoral politics.
And, onion politics is one of the ways to go further!
So, be aware! Never doubt potential of the onion, not even while writing a political analysis on ‘onion politics’.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/