'Aam Aadmi' or 'Badnaam Aadmi'?

  • Created on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 20:15
  • Published on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 20:15
  • Written by Punyatma Sharan, Founder/CEO - PolityIndia.Com, has a BA (Political Science) from India and MBA (Finance) from USA.

Sonia GandhiIt seems that the Congress Party after its crushing defeat in the Bihar elections and the total deadlock of the parliament over the 2G spectrum scam is trying very hard to do something to lift the morale and instill confidence in the party workers.

They are very uncomfortable with the aggressive stand of BJP on the 2G scam. There has been no counter attacks, no aggression and no attempts to set the agenda by the Congress leaders. They are thinking of ways to salvage their image and get ready for the budget session which is supposed to start in two months.

It seems that the final straw came for them when L K Advani called the UPA government a government of the lobbyists, for the lobbyists and by the lobbyists.

Sonia Gandhi is expected to address the All India Congress Committee plenary session which is supposed to have 20,000 people. They want to start a nationwide agitation to counter the corruption charges the party is facing from the NDA. Sonia Gandhi has to do some serious introspection and ask herself some serious questions in order to reinvent the party and give the party a clean image:

Why the Congress party always gets into a controversy?
What happened to the party which helped India get Independence?
Is it fair to ask a person to be the Prime Minister and not give him the right to even pick his own colleagues?
Does the party feel compelled to do certain things because of the coalition dharma?
Is the party relying too much on the Gandhi name? 

The Congress party should depend on good governance more than rewarding party loyalists. They should bring more people like P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal in the mainstream of the party. The population dynamics of the country has changed and the name Gandhi can only take them so far. A case in point is the recent elections in Bihar. In spite of the extensive campaigning by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the party got only 4 out of 243 seats. They were defeated because of good governance and by a person whose last name is Kumar '“ a last name which does not generate any caste or religion based excitement.

A strong and clean Congress party and a strong and clean BJP is a must for our democracy to keep growing in the right direction. I feel that both the parties are still evolving and if they are going in the right direction, the country would do just fine. I am not saying that people from BJP have been sprayed with the holy water of honesty and integrity but the party is still identified with Vajpayee and Advani and they enjoy an unblemished image in the country and this legacy is helping the party. If the Congress party does not do it the right way, they might go in the history books as a party of 'Badnaam Aadmi' instead of 'Aam Aadmi' '“ their campaign slogan for the 2009 parliamentary elections.


# Sanjay Mishra 2010-12-15 15:27
Excellent analysis.
+1 # Kalpana Rastogi 2010-12-16 01:31
C for congress and C for corruption too.
Congress has ruled the country for the maximum no of years. If nitish ji can put up a fight against corruption in his second term what about congress...so many years and yet...it has become synonymous with corruption. It is sad and satirical too that this very corrupt party has an honest and upright man amongst them who is the prime minister and yet he is so BEBAS...so now cong party becomes the party of badnaam aadmi and bebas aadmi too. Always heard of Vajpayee being referred to as right man in the wrong party but I think its more apt for our prime minister ji. He needs to take some cue from nitish ji. Of course national politics is different but so is the level of corruption and thus needs a different level of solution too. Live for the nation not for the party...that is the cue from me.
# Sharad Ahuja 2010-12-16 10:15
As Sanjay Mishra said - excellent analysis. Mr.Sharan's article are so unconventional, it is like a breadth of fresh air. I have been reading Kalpana Rastogi's comments - they just hit the right target-Congratu lations.


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