Now, Sanjay Dutt wants to be in Rajya Sabha!

  • Created on Friday, 02 March 2012 13:11
  • Published on Friday, 02 March 2012 13:11
  • Written by Punyatma Sharan, Founder/CEO - PolityIndia.Com, has a BA (Political Science) from India and MBA (Finance) from USA.

sanjay_dutt_smAs if there was no dearth of people in Indian politics who are intellectually deficient and who have serious criminal antecedents attached to their name, Sanjay Dutt, an actor who is also known as Sanju baba among his peers, while doing an interview with a TV channel said with a big smile on his face that he would like to become a member of Rajya Sabha.

Sanjay Dutt, who is the only son of the iconic couple Sunil Dutt and Nargis Dutt, has more than his share of controversies and dark spots in his own life. He is well known for having drug problems, in the early stages of his career, for which he underwent treatment at a drug rehabilitation centre in Texas, USA. This was after he had been arrested with 357 grams of cocaine in February 1982 and was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment. He was released in July of that year after only 5 months in prison and ordered to serve the rest of his sentence on police bail. He was granted permission to leave India while still on bail, in order to receive treatment in Texas. He is the same Sanjay Dutt who was given a six-year jail sentence by the TADA court looking into the 1993 Mumbai blast case, which supposedly was planned and executed by Pakistan's ISI with the help of some Islamic fundamentalists.

Samajwadi Party gave a new dimension to electoral politics in 2009 when it announced the name of Sanjay Dutt from the prestigious Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency '“ a constituency represented by none other than the former Prime Minister and a veteran parliamentarian, and undoubtedly, one of the most admired and honest leaders of contemporary India '“ Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We should thank the Supreme Court for not giving him permission, because of TADA charges, to fight the elections. After Supreme Court's decision, different courts in other states also denied permission to some of the candidates with criminal background.

After Sanjay Dutt was denied permission to contest, Samajwadi Party made him the national general secretary of the party. Soon after his appointment, Sanjay Dutt and Amar Singh were talking to NDTV's Barkha Dutt. He blamed Congress Party for his father's death. He said that Mr. Sunil Dutt was very much against the induction of Sanjay Nirupam in the Congress Party and he joined the party against the wishes of Sunil Dutt. He said that his father was so upset with this that he eventually died of heart attack. His younger sister and the Congress MP from Mumbai North West constituency Ms. Priya Dutt has vehemently denied this accusation. He also said that he tried to see Ms. Sonia Gandhi but could not get an appointment. When Barkha Dutt asked him that if he had met Sonia Gandhi and if she had offered him a ticket, would he have stayed with the Congress? Sanjay Dutt's reply was a very categorical YES.

On one hand, he was blaming the Congress for his father's death, and on the other, he was ready to fight elections on the Congress ticket. He also made a statement as to why Priya Dutt was still using Dutt as her last name in spite of being a married woman. He also said that when he was in jail, Congress Party did not do anything for him. His case was sub-judice and anyone who is even remotely connected to the establishment knows how worried Priya Dutt was for him and was doing everything possible to help him out.

Instead of being thankful and showing his gratitude towards Priya Dutt, he was acting as the ungrateful brother. I can totally relate to Priya Dutt's frustration with Sanjay Dutt. Unfortunately, I also have one in my family who is not only totally bereft of culture and devoid of values but also does not have an iota of righteousness. I am still trying to figure out that how can a person who was without any job, totally financially disabled and was helped by me to stand on his feet can say bad things about me. I take solace in the fact that I am not the only one used by this person, he has used and taken advantage of everyone and without any moral inhibitions, who came his way. Sanjay Dutt should realize that Priya Dutt has worked very hard to earn her last name - she is the true heir to Sunil Dutt's legacy. Sanjay Dutt has to learn to make responsible statements. He has to understand that ' my claim to fame is my last name" syndrome is coming to an end in India.

When Sanjay Dutt was offered ticket by the Samajwadi Party, Ram Jethmalani very aptly described the situation - "Dutt does not deserve to be a Member of Parliament and any political party that sets him as its candidate, is totally impervious to the security of the nation."

The year 2012 showed another side of Sanjay Dutt when he totally forgot his criticism of the Congress party in the past and was seen campaigning extensively for the party in the UP assembly elections. His frequent mention of Mulayam Singh Yadav, whom he like so many others calls Netaji and his even more frequent mention of Amar Singh has given way to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Now, he could not stop mentioning Sonia ji and Rahul ji in his statements and even went to the extent of saying that Rahul ji mingles so comfortably with dalits and he has a vision for India. Rahul Gandhi mixing with dalits was probably a very remarkable event for Sanju baba.

I fail to understand why the Samajwadi Party was so eager to give him the ticket. Apart from his status as an actor, what else does he bring to the table? Unfortunately, some of our voting population is so intoxicated by their star image and these actors thrive on public ignorance. A very thorough research about Sanjay Dutt does not even support the fact that he was even able to finish high school. Sanjay Dutt, who aspires to become a member of Rajya Sabha probably cannot even speak on our constitution or any other national topic for even 2 minutes and does not even understand the difference between zero hour and question hour in the parliament. He can be compared to Dharmendra and Govinda who became members of Lok Sabha in 2004. The only difference is that they had no criminal record in their files. As far as their level of intellect is concerned, their IQ level is probably the same. Both were in parliament for 5 years but did not speak, even once, on any topic.

If our political parties are serious about our country's future, they ought to work on the quality of the people who represent their party. Their MPs and MLAs are the engines of their political vehicle and if the ingredients are not of very good quality, the output would also represent their talent. As it is said in the computer jargon '“ GIGO '“ garbage in garbage out. If Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are serious about the future of their party, they should have zero tolerance for ethical, moral and financial corruption. The system is very toxic and the process has to be detoxified. People like Sanjay Dutt and others also have a moral responsibility to look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves this question '“ What kind of contribution I can make if elected to the parliament? These kind of political aspirants should realise that politics is a serious business, not a joke.

The word corruption is tattooed on the psyche of most of our politicians. There is a serious trust deficit on the part of the public for our politicians. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the following picture is a true depiction of the sentiments of the general public.


I feel that the onus is on the political parties to select candidates with no criminal antecedents and the candidates should also demonstrate that they have intellect, compassion to work for the people and more importantly, their DNA also has a moral compass. If this happens, it would indicate a paradigm shift in Indian politics.
If this does not happen, we can look up and just say - May God bless India !


# Piyush Sopory 2012-03-03 08:36
There are certain things which are not genetically passed to the next generation. Intelligence being one of them. The educated will never vote for Sanjay Dutt. As long as there is illiteracy, corrupt and incompetent politicians will flourish. Unfortunately, some political parties depend on illiterate and poor people for their vote bank. If the illiterate becomes literate, it works against the strategy of the party. As long as there is illiteracy, corruption will flourish in India. This is the politics of India.
# Rakesh Jha 2012-03-03 09:03
I like this article.
# Bhushan Nadda 2012-03-03 09:07
I like the article and the slogan too...Apt :)
# Indiano 2012-03-03 09:29
Where there are 135 murderers, thieves, rapists and other criminals in the Parliament, what difference is one more going to make?
# Sandhya Sinha 2012-03-04 01:19
Firstly, anybody's past should not be the base for the present's judgement. Secondly, too much importance and credence is given to the Dalit factor, as if they are the only species of humans who need compassion. We are the menials who can be subjugated to all kinds of harshness and ignorance. Their platters have to be filled with all kinds of facilities, grants etc and ours should be filled with all kinds of tax burdens etc. Having said that, coming to Sanjay Dutt. No liking for him as a person. But, as far as his wanting to become a RS member, what's wrong in it? He is not wanting to become a Don? But I do agree, he has nothing by way of intelligence or practical knowledge that he may be able to contribute to the country by occupying that seat. If any party allows that to happen, then you should know that the party had succumbed to populism. Your Doha was brilliant:)
# Sanjay Pawar 2012-03-04 02:11
Punyatma, we missed your article for the last two weeks. I know that you were traveling and did not find enough time to pen your thoughts. It is only in a liberal country like India that Sanjay Dutt can even think of going to Rajya Sabha. He should forget about Rajya Sabha and thank God that he is not in jail.
# Rakhee Sharma 2012-03-04 02:17
Another great article. It seems that you are very upset and hurt with a family member. I would give you an advice...just let it go...don't waste time on these kind of people...just remember one thing...what goes around comes around. These kind of people would eventually pay for their actions...soone r or later...it is the law of nature.
# Anushka Sharma 2012-03-04 14:27
We should not only blame Sanjay Dutt for his aspirations. The real culprit are those political parties which are trying to exploit his popularity as an actor.
# Dhananjay Singh 2012-03-04 14:36
I feel that Sanjay Dutt grew up as an actor but never grew up as a person. Intellectually, he is an idiot and in terms of maturity, he is even a bigger idiot. We are lucky that Priya Dutt is carrying the legacy of Sunil and Nargis Dutt and not him.
# Sanjay Sinha 2012-03-04 14:45
I know Sanjay Dutt on a personal basis. He is a very nice person but with a very messed up thinking. As far as your family member is concerned, you should not lose your sleep over him. He does not look like other family members, he does not have the education like other family members and his level of thinking is very low. He might not be related to you at all, there was probably some kind of mix up at the hospital and the wrong child was brought home.
# Ranjit Sinha 2012-03-04 17:15
I am not sure what is going on in Indian politics. It seems to me that every one in politics, is for himself. Sanjay Dutt is no exception. Whether they are qualified, it does not matter. These persons aspiring to be MP have not read the fundamentals of Indian constitution. They do not even know the role that a MP should play,
# Anjali Vajpayee 2012-03-05 20:10
I want to congratulate and give my sincere thanks to PolityIndia.com for raising the issue of Sanjay Dutt. It is a tragedy for our country that someone like Sanjay Dutt can even think about it. This website is doing a tremendous job of raising consciousness about some very serious issues. We all should try to use this website and build a public opinion against people like Sanjay Dutt. It is not only the responsibility of one person, all of us should join hands to make sure that these kind of people never occupy a public office.
# Sharad Ahuja 2012-03-05 20:16
A very good analysis. Even though Sanjay Dutt is campaigning for the Congress party, I am very sure that the party would never give him the nomination for Rajya Sabha. They will make him campaign for the party because he draws crowds for the party but the story would end here.
# Sanjay Pawar 2012-03-05 20:30
Punyatma, I have also written about this in the past. I heard again today that your name is coming up again for Rajya Sabha for next months election. You have said before that you are not interested but I think you should seriously consider it. I also come from a political family and very strongly feel that you can make a difference with your out of box ideas. I was told that some political parties also met you in Mumbai recently. There is no doubt that PolityIndia.com has a very strong appeal and these parties want to bring you on board.
# Manidipa Sanyal 2012-03-06 23:48
A nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, is one who is a distinguished member of a certain field. I do not think that Sanju baba is such a distinguished member of the film fraternity. He is where he is because of his parents. He has been more in the news because of all the wrong reasons. His contribution to the Parliament will be nil. The UP elections have proved that the Indian mass no longer is taken by family background. Rahul Gandhi drew crowds, that did not translate into votes. So every political party will think twice before nominating him. Akhilesh Yadav has proved that you have to be grounded to get votes. After the debacle for the Congress in UP and the success of the SP, Sanju will have few takers. Its a victory for the Indian voters.
# Mukta Dhar 2012-03-07 22:25
Sanjay Dutt can want as much as he wants but I don't think that any party would be naive enough to give him the nomination. He is in a very true sense, a very ignorant person. I agree with Rakhee Sharma that everyone has to pay a price for their actions. We should not forget that Indira Gandhi was accused of doing a lot of bad things in her life and she lost both her sons...one during her life and the other after she was herself gone.


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