WHAT RAHUL GANDHI CAN STILL DO TO SALVAGE THE SITUATION FOR CONGRESS

It looks all gloomy, beyond the point of return, at least, for this Lok Sabha polls, with the polls just two months away.

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 very 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?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/