Atanu Dey On India's Development

The Congress will be History Soon

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A O Hume The Indian National Congress (INC) is on the way out. An English civil servant, Allan Octavian Hume (1829 – 1912), founded the party in December 1885. As it happens, Hume is also known as “the father of Indian ornithology”. Not just that, he was a theosophist. Go read his brief wiki bio. He was an impressive man. Anyway, now nearly 130 years old, the Congress is in terminal decline. A foreigner — an accomplished Englishman — gave birth to it and another foreigner — an almost uneducated Italian woman — is presiding over it as it takes it final gasps. The Congress’s most celebrated leader is undoubtedly Shri M K Gandhi, aka “Mahatma Gandhi”, a Gujarati; and it is another Gujarati who is instrumental in putting the dying Congress out of its misery. The parentheses that enclose the Congress are ironic. And now for a bit from an IndiaFacts Nov 2013 article by Gautam Sen, below the fold.

The sight of a sombre Manish Tiwari denouncing Narendra Modi in hushed tones of angst, for suggesting the ailing imported empress abdicate in favour of her befuddled son, illustrated poignantly the ignominy to which the GOP has descended. The party that fought for Indian independence is now in the thrall of an uneducated and greedy foreigner of no noticeable merit. The Congress party is a mere appendage to her utterly vacuous imperious airs that hint at innate supremacy. The bevy of nauseous courtiers like Tiwari, Khurshid and Ramesh and others, less versed in the Queen’s English, but perfectly capable of shocking obsequiousness in Hindi, have sunk to the lowest possible depths. Modi is having a lot of fun puncturing the inflated egos of these degraded court jesters and their absurd leaderene, while precipitating delighted mirth in his vast audiences.

You would imagine that she might have the nous to identify competent speechwriters who would get basic facts right. But her recent piqued Chhattishgarh litany, in wooden Hindi, recited otherwise from the Latin scriptis; something was profoundly amiss. It seems their only qualification is shameless obeisance and unctuous obedience, hence the serial hilarity the speeches of mother and son invariably provoke. Rahul Gandhi may have been awarded the M.Phil. Degree by Trinity, Cambridge, tutored by an earnest Bangladeshi economist and, no doubt, monitored solicitously by the family’s own Nobel laureate, its President at the time. But his autistic patter reveals he gained little from it. Either the degree had become worthless by the time he had supposedly studied for it and evidently passed three of its four component papers, or there is something profoundly amiss. It is unlikely the truth will ever be known.

The Congress is really no longer a political party at all. It is entirely a vehicle for the perpetuation of a clapped out dynasty that has outsourced itself socially and culturally from India. It supreme leader and her family party abroad, enjoy healthcare in elite foreign hospitals and spend like owners of Pharaonic wealth, while hypocritically feigning concern for India’s poor. Their wasteful programmes for alleged upliftment are a form of double jeopardy. It robs India of painfully accumulated savings, in shameless attempts to bribe the electorate, while the political incumbents loot simultaneously without respite. It is a disgrace bereft of moral limits, cynically bolstered by a corrupt, anti-national media and a retinue of politicians who behave no better than domestics. Their plunder would have made Nadir Shah blanch and its intolerable brazenness prompts rage in anyone with a modicum of honesty and insight!

Go read it all — The Congress Loses its Marbles, Nov 25th 2013. By Gautam Sen.

  • AS

    I truly hope that your prediction comes through. What India needs now is for Congress to be routed out and BJP to get a decided victory with no need for progress-slowing coalitions. And for Narendra Modi to be a true statesman and do good for the overall country. And for Congress members to re-evaluate, get the message through their thick heads that India is no longer duped by these faux “Gandhis” and kick out the waitress and her addle-brain son!!

  • Mahesh Sreekandath

    Rabindranath Tagore quite rightly said that the British rule over India was the “political symptom of our social disease”, he was true all along and is still pertinent. From M.K.Gandhi to the worst of the worst rising to the top in politics is truly what we deserve.

    We are a delusional bunch and going quite strong on this road map, among our many uniqueness is the immense resistance to ‘transfer of learning’, our cognitive abilities strangely remain limited to our specific areas of work, does not matter whether we are exceptional at science or engineering but our political consensus continues to run amok, celebration of AAP is the latest symptom of our collective dementia.

    I loath my cynicism but the silver lining is that the society is evolving, freedom accelerates change and the subsequent emergent order will be hopefully better equipped, quite analogous to Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. F.A.Hayek was precise when he wrote that the “economic problem of society is mainly one of rapid adaptation to changes in the particular circumstances of time and place”, once we have individual freedom the rapid adaptation will follow.

  • Loknath Rao

    I am inclined to believe that Jalainwala Bagh happened with the knowledge and support of leaders of congress party.