The greatest security for the Gandhis, one which will keep them on their perch, is that there is no life left in the rump to ask questions. Those who could have asked questions, like Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, have been kept outside the paddock. The simple principle of dynasties is: the crown prince must not have a challenger. The queen must never be upstaged. Even for the job of the President of India she could only settle for the lackluster Pratibha Patil.
For once, the illusion that the present elections were more about people than power has proved to be exactly that – an illusion, courtesy the election discourse! When candidates reek of non-accountability and brazenness even before elections, certainly the post-election scenario does not look hopeful. Whoever says that this was a watershed election for India (as the results do convey now), should have a look at the election discourse – for what it conveys is quite the opposite. Seems we have missed the bus again!
The evident dichotomy between 'politics' and 'morality' is what makes politics a despicable object. Morality is not supposed to be a part of politics - because politics is a far cry from the moral, the good, the valuable, the just. In fact, what politics and morality represent are binaries; the two cannot co-exist, nor reconcile. That is why the 'good' are never into politics and those who are in politics can never be 'good'. Despite this glaring dichotomy, India’s Mandate 2014 has infused morality into the political discourse.
To a large extent, social media has also contributed to polarizing opinions in the present political discourse. It is on social media that political battle-lines are being drawn with heated pro and against contentions, counter contentions and a daily dose of political passions and emotions. It is as if the electoral battle has now moved from the ‘realpolitik’ domain to the social media space.
The Gandhi family is in this battle with its back to the wall. A burst of energy at this late stage shows a sense of purpose, and deep anxiety. They are fighting for their sheer survival. There is a tragedy in the making – both personal as well as national, on an epic scale. The grand old party has been declining in every recent election, but this time the First Family runs the risk of crashing. Some day, when the family takes stock, it will discover it has been ill served by the small circle it surrounded itself with. The clique played both side of the street.
Doubtful payments, dubious signatures, embezzlement of funds, inappropriate accounting system at Arvind Kejriwal's NGO Kabir. This is what an audit report prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) suggests. The report "Inspection of Foreign Contribution Records Pertaining to an NGO Kabir - 2005-06 to 2011-12" was prepared by the MHA in August 2012.
This article is based on facts and facts alone. It purports to clearly decipher the process of subversion and use of Kejriwal and his associates by powers and countries inimical to India. Sadly, as invariably the case, there are vested interests at the highest political levels in India, who are part of the design.
Arvind Kejriwal, who has built his campaign on truth, integrity and an anti-corruption movement, is himself guilty of lying and bribing the electorate by making a false promise of giving a benefit of Rs 60,000 per household (in Delhi) for those paying electricity bill of Rs 2000 per month. The first article of this series focuses on bribing the Delhi electorate with a false promise of enriching them by around Rs 60,000. It was the largest bribe that was ever offered to the electorate by any party, be it in cash or in kind. The bribe was not to be paid from corporate donations based on crony capitalism but from the public exchequer by increasing the debt of the future generations.
The succession war within the Bhartiya Janata Party has intensified as senior leaders are questioning the party's decision to reward those who should have taken the responsibility for the humiliating defeat in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls. After Jaswant Singh, another former foreign minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha wrote a letter to the BJP president and blamed the top leadership for ignoring grassroots leaders like him.