Today is the anniversary of “The Emergency“. Mrs Indira Gandhi, daughter of Mr Jawaharlal Nehru, became India’s dictator, and Indians once again became political slaves — a mere 28 years after India’s political independence from Britain. It appears Indians don’t really mind slavery much.
Mrs Gandhi’s dictatorship lasted 21 months. The RSS fought against her rule and for which the slaves (read “seculars”) have never forgiven the RSS. Then in 1977, Mrs Gandhi lost the elections that she was sure that she would win. The slaves revolted. Alas, it was short-lived. Mrs Gandhi was back in the driving seat in Jan 1980, and the slaves were back in slavery. They elected her to rule them. Freedom does not sit well with some people. कुत्ते को घी नहीं पचता है
Mrs Gandhi’s rule ended in a bad way. She had made a Faustian bargain and she had to pay. It’s always messy. The Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty continued to rule India. Rajiv Gandhi ruled for a bit. Things happened. And then Rajiv met his messy end. It was now becoming clear that as a member of that dynasty, you rise to undeserved power, impoverish the country for some years, and then meet a nasty end. (Dynastic dictators meet nasty ends, as I always say.)
Rajiv Gandhi’s wife, Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi, is the current dictator. She not only rules via proxy, she even speaks via proxy. Her son, Raul Vinci aka Rahul Gandhi, is a charming guy but is a few cans short of a six-pack. The lights are on but there’s no one at home. The top ranks of the Congress party do what they can to keep up the charade but I am not convinced that the slaves are ready for freedom.
Antonia Maino is alleged to have stashed away a few billion dollars in foreign banks. But if the past history of post-1947 dictators (which includes Nehru, I might add) is any indication of what lies ahead for her, I am afraid Maino’s exit is not going to be pretty. In the neighboring Islamic republics, the dictators end up either hanging or being killed in a coup d’état. In this (not quite but almost-Islamic) republic, it’s different but not too different.
In any event, Raul Vinci will become the prime minister. And then after his departure will be his sister. Then of course after her departure, her children.
The Dynasty will live on, and the slaves will continue their poor, nasty, brutish and short lives.