The mood was of celebration. The air was split with aroma. The body language was swaying with a subtle joy of achievement.
First phase of the transition was complete.
And it was achieved on a lightning fast scale.
Something unprecedented, totally unmatched, a never heard of feat, never before seen in the history of contemporary Indian politics!
It took decades for the two main national political parties of India to achieve that scale.
The Congress politically led the country in the freedom struggle for some six decades before it got the governing benches. The Bhartiya Janata Party had decades of wok by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bhartiya Jana Sangh and over a decade of its own before it could realize the power flowing in the legislative corridors.
Similar is the case of other political parties and politicians, be it Mayawati and Bahujan Samaj Party or Mulayam Singh Yadav and Samajwadi Party or Nitish Kumar-Sharad Yadav and Janata Dal (United) or Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal or many other offshoots of Janata Dal and their leaders or personality driven parties of South India.
Though some of them had relatively swift ascendance to the eminence of power corridors and the realization of the life thus the way the folklore goes, none of them could match the level of efficacy and energy shown by the newest one of their league.
And he has done it in just two years – two years eight months to be exact – since he first spoke going ‘political’ in August 2012 – and two years four months – since he formally inaugurated politically!
Obviously, there would be some hurt-burn and it is very well there. After all, they are like human beings, even if they have a separate, higher class.
The primeval feelings do exist and act like the sub-conscious flings.
But, overall, the peers are looking up at them. In fact, they have held sessions in their respective quarters to analyse the ways and means of their latest colleague.
And now, as the first phase of the transition is over, the next phase is beginning – to build on the weekend drama that the nation saw with bated breath.
After all, when the premise that is going to lead to the dramatics of the next stage unveiling on coming day has been so interesting that even the housewives stuck to the television sets ignoring the regular sob-and-blob family dramas, the theatrics when it emerges on the full canvas of its next act, will be a ‘mush watch’ series.
And like us, they would also be watching – with increasing level of comfort drawn from an increasingly familiar set of observations.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/