Shinde’s attack on BJP-RSS carefully planned by Congress

He was chosen to attack the saffron party in the most cavalier manner to create a red herring and raise the pitch of secular politics at precisely the moment that Rahul Gandhi makes his entry as the party’s vice-president

ajay

Ajay Singh | January 22, 2013


Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde

In the wake of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first home minister, proscribed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and forced its chief, MS Golwalkar, to give a written undertaking that the RSS would stay away from politics. Though personally he never regarded the RSS as anti-national, he had certain reservations on its public conduct. Patel was sympathetic yet unrelenting when he dealt with the RSS and finally lifted the ban on his own terms.

It's a quirk of history that Sardar Patel, the stalwart of the Congress, has now become an iconic figure for the Hindutva family, worthy of emulation by its leaders such as LK Advani earlier and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi now. And it is perhaps an extension of the same quirk of history that Sushilkumar Shinde of the Congress, who now occupies the Sardar’s place in the North Block, would turn out to be such a poor caricature of his illustrious predecessor in dealing with the Sangh Parivar.

In fact, the absurdity of Shinde’s tirade against the Sangh Parivar bears a direct correlation to the bankruptcy of thought in the Congress. His description of the RSS and the BJP running terrorist camps must not be countered on its intrinsic worth or facts. Far from it, his absurd observation must be met with a simple question: if the RSS and BJP are running terrorist camps in the country, what are you doing about it, Mr home minister? Because, it is quite unimaginable that the home minister of the country laments the existence of terror camps and does nothing about them. Like his predecessor Sardar Patel in the distant past and Indira Gandhi in the seventies, he has every right to proscribe the RSS and the BJP if his allegations have an elementary ring of truth in them. But Shinde would do none of that for reasons known to all.

The crux of the matter is: in Jaipur, Shinde was not playing the role of the home minister of the country but that of a political clown for Rahul Gandhi whose coronation had just been formalised. He was carefully chosen to attack the RSS and the BJP in the most cavalier manner to create a red herring and raise the pitch of secular politics at precisely the moment that Rahul Gandhi makes his entry as the party’s vice-president. Why was Shinde chosen over Digvijay Singh given the latter’s proclivity to make loose remarks is by now legendary? The obvious reason is Shinde’s background as a dalit leader which insulates him from the attack of the RSS-BJP combine. If the RSS-BJP combine raises the level of attack against Shinde beyond a certain point, the Congress will hope to portray that as an attack on a hapless dalit and reap double benefits. That is why, you will soon see soon, the RSS-BJP will moderate their stance against Shinde after initial noises.

Politics is a cynical game. As of now, the place of opposition is occupied by the BJP which is nothing but a political arm of the RSS. Similarly the governments of major states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Karnataka are either run solely by BJP or the saffron party with coalition partners. If the home minister meant what he said in Japiur’s chintan shivir, India’s major space of governance and politics is occupied by those running terror camps, perhaps a situation scarier than those in Afghanistan or North Sudan.

This is how Patel’s successors have devalued the office the stalwart once occupied.

Comments

 

Other News

Allow uninterrupted discussion on Finance Bill: Civil society to Hamid Ansari

Almost a week ago, Finance Bill, 2017, was passed in the Lok Sabha as a money bill in the midst of a walk out by the opposition.  In the 92-page document of the bill, centre has pushed 40 amendments to various acts including the IT Act. Eminent people like Fali Nariman, Girish Karnad, TM Krishna, Arun

BHEL unveils 250 MW eco-friendly lignite power plant in Gujarat

  Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna PSU, has successfully commissioned 250 MW unit based on eco-friendly circulating fluidized bed combustion (CFBC) technology, using low grade coal (lignite) as the primary fuel.    The 250 MW lignite

Right to recall not recommended by law panel

  The Law Commission which had examined the issues of right to rejection and the right to recall, has not recommended for the same, the Lok Sabha was informed.   Union minister PP Chaudhary said that the Law Commission of India was requested in January, 2013,

`Shiv Nadar most generous Indian`

HCL founder Shiv Nadar tops the Hurun India Philanthropy list with Rs 630 crores donation towards education sector. Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan and his wife Sudha Gopalakrishnan came in second with a donation of Rs 313 crores primarily towards healthcare, social development and education.

Keel for first ship of the 5 CGOPV project laid in GSL

Keel of the first Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (CGOPV) of the new 5 CGOPVs project for the Indian Coast Guard was laid at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) recently by ADG K Natarajan, PTM, TM Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard), in the presence of RAdm (Retd) Shekhar Mital, NM Chairman and Managing Dire

Digital Village pilot project in 1050 gram panchayats

  A pilot project of Digital Village (DigiGaon) is to be implemented in 1050 Gram Panchayats (GPs) spread across 30 States/UTs, the Lok Sabha was informed.   Union minister PP Chaudhary said that the approved outlay for implementation of the project for finan

Video

योगी आदित्यनाथ ने किया गृह प्रवेश

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter