Anita Singh

Nov 092013

Rahul Gandhi is not fit for PM it is widely considered. When we compare Rahul Gandhi to Narendra Modi we think we are comparing a child to a learned and shrewd person. How can a person with low IQ and immaturity lead this country to development?

But this comparison between two personalities is superficial and unwise.

Here are five reasons why Rahul Gandhi can be a successful PM instead of having low caliber.

1. He is young, therefore it seems he will bring young politicians forward. India has long tolerated aged politicians who can not even walk properly. Most of our prime ministers were old and lazy. India needs young dynamic politicians who are quick and fast.
2. He has modern thinking thus he will push India to an era of modern progress, pushing the superstition and old useless values behind.
3. He may be immature but he can keep discipline in the party and make the minsters work. He is able to minimize the infighting. If Narendra Modi is PM his own BJP and RSS people will keep pulling his leg.
4. He is tolerant and can keep unity among various factions of all religions and castes.
5. He loves to be among the poor and adivasis. He eats their food. This trait in politicians is a rarity. It will help to eliminate rebellion of the downtrodden in India.

Moreover Rahul Gandhi alone will not manage the affairs of this country. He will have talented team of politicians and administrators who will guide and help him.

by Rahul Gandhi in rallyAnita Singh

Aug 212013

Had Rahul Gandhi made the speech Narendra Modi did on Independence Day, he would have been hailed as India’s shining white hope. Had Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made this speech from the Red Fort, instead of the dreary one he did, it may have swept away the sense of gloom and doom that permeates the economy. Had any other chief minister made the speech, us political pundit types would have sat up and taken notice. But, since it was Modi, he had to be reviled. What he said was unexceptionable. So he had to be attacked on other grounds. Why did he need to steal the Prime Minister’s show by making this speech on Independence Day? The truth is that August 15 lost its magic long ago and has been reduced to ceremonial tokenism of the worst kind. We need political leaders to make meaningful speeches on this day, but that this idea should have occurred to Modi is intolerable.

So much so that even his former mentor, the tireless Shri Lal Krishna Advani, made an immediate veiled attack on him by saying that Independence Day should be an occasion when political leaders should refrain from criticising each other. Why? Shri Advani then trotted off to Rashtrapati Bhavan and was seen cozying up to Sonia Gandhi at the President’s Independence Day tea party. I found this particular detail interesting because of my conviction that the reason why us denizens of Lutyens’s Delhi hate Modi so much is because he is a rank outsider. He comes from the wrong class and caste. He speaks little English. He dares to criticise the Dynasty we revere. And he exhibits a marked disdain for socialism and secularism. These two ideas are sacrosanct for those who have privileged access to that most exclusive of Indian private clubs: Lutyens’s Delhi.

Not everyone who reaches Parliament or high levels of political power has automatic access to the club. You have to come from an important political family and you have to have attended the right kind of English-medium school. The heirs of important political leaders have easy access for these reasons. Not every bureaucrat has access but those of the right class are life members. High-flying hacks are always welcome and quickly learn the rules. You have to express political opinions that are ‘secular’ and ‘liberal’ and you have to make sure that you do not say bad things about the Dynasty. This is considered especially bad form. This is why, despite the obviously deleterious effects of dynastic democracy, you see few stories on the subject in the media.

Once you become a member of the club you find yourself invited on almost a daily basis to exclusive dinner parties in grand houses and fine hotels. At these events you will see politicians of different parties greet each other like old school friends, despite what they may have said to each other publicly that day in Parliament. And it is at these events that you will see famous media personalities included in conversations that are always ‘off the record’. If you break the rules, as I love to, then you risk being abused on national television by Gandhi family devotees like the unpleasantly loudmouthed Mani Shankar Aiyar. But, that is another story and I am digressing.

In a column of this size, it is really possible to make only one point and the one I want to make this week is that it is not what Modi says that gets him into trouble. It is not what he did in 2002 that evokes such shivers of revulsion in Lutyens’s Delhi. Rajiv Gandhi remained totally acceptable after 1984. It is who Narendra Modi is that is the problem.

He represents an India that has so far been carefully kept outside the closed doors of the Lutyens’s Delhi club. A rough, angry, passionate new India that does not recognise private clubs or their rules and that threatens to tear down the walls that conceal the colonised elite, bred by the British Raj, that continues to control all the levers of political power in India.

Incredible though this may sound, the entire machinery of the Congress party is currently geared to finding ways of keeping Modi out of national politics. This endeavour has the complicit support of senior BJP leaders and this is why you now so often hear the Congress party’s spokesmen publicly praise Mr Advani as a ‘moderate’ when till just the other day he was considered the man responsible for demolishing the Babri Masjid. The truth is that everyone, perhaps even Mr Advani himself, knows that a BJP campaign led yet again by him will almost certainly keep this party in opposition for another five years. But, at least this would prevent Narendra Modi from smashing down the gates of Lutyens’s Delhi.

Tavleen Singh

Jun 272013

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi - relief trucks

In a major embarrassment for the Congress, the relief trucks flagged off on Monday by UPA President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi for Uttarakhand are stranded in Rishikesh as they have run out of fuel and the drivers have not been paid.

Reports suggest that the relief material they were carrying will now have to be sold off. According to reports, the truck drivers were not given enough money to buy fuel and when they contacted the local Congress office, they were given no help.

Each truck driver was reportedly given only Rs 2,000 to buy fuel for the entire journey which was exhausted during the drive to Dehradun.


Apr 252013

People of India are very unsatisfied with Indian approach towards China in recent Chinese action near line of control. An apparently soft approach by New Delhi towards Beijing despite intrusion by Chinese troops foraying 10 km inside Indian territory at Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldi has raised doublts if the country is militarily prepared to tackle the intruders.

A platoon-size strength of Chinese troops entered Jammu and Kashmir on 15 April and have refused to budge from their position despite India’s protest at the highest level. Although India reacted by sending Ladakh Scouts to set up a camp not far from the Chinese-occupied position, there is not much happening in terms of military drills.

Mar 062013

So now Varun Gandhi can have a sigh of relief. A Pilibhit court in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday acquitted BJP MP Varun Gandhi in connection with a hate speech case which was lodged against him during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

It was the second relief for the MP within seven-day time. On February 27, he was acquitted in a similar case by a Bareilly court. The Congress had expressed its displeasure over the court’s decision. The basis of the latest court order, as like the first, was that there was no proof against the young BJP leader to substantiate the charge.

Varun, son of late Congress leader Sanjay, was acquitted by the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Abdul Qayyum, in a case of hate speech which was delivered during an election rally at Dalchandra. The case was lodged against him at the Kotwali police station in March that year. Two cases were lodged against him during the parliamentary polls.

Meanwhile, Gandhi’s supporters hoped that since he has been exonerated now, his position will be elevated in the party hierarchy. His followers also expect to see him in the league of the crucial seven general secretaries who will be named soon by party president Rajnath Singh.
Varun Gandhi, who currently holds the position of secretary, had won the last Lok Sabha elections from Pilibhit by nearly three lakh votes, the highest by any BJP candidate in the polls that year.

Varun Gandhi is considered wise and a dynmic young politician by his followers or supporters.