The UPA has shown itself to be unworthy to rule this great and magnificent country. The fake arguments produced by the likes of Chidambaram that Parliament is supreme and cannot be challenged is pulling the wool over innocent eyes.
Sonia Gandhi has been hospitalised.
Rahul Gandhi, the putative Prime Minister has been struck dumb. His mothers health understandably has been affecting him. No more uninspiring a speech was ever made from the ramparts of the Red Fort than the one made by Dr. Manmohan Singh on 15 August. And Messers Sibal, Chidamabaram & Company have made fools of themselves in the way they handled Anna Hazare and his Team.
What prevailed was Arrogance and utter lack of common sense. It is clear that the UPA government had no idea whatsoever of public sentiment. It has been out of touch with Reality. It obviously did not realise that by arresting Anna Hazare it had touched a raw nerve. The spontaneous upsurge across the country is testament to that fact. The revolt, totally non- violent spread across time and space, class, caste, creed and community.
To limit the public angst strictly to the Middle Class is not to understand the depth of anger and frustration the country has been undergoing in the last six decades, affecting people at all levels.
Let this be clear: whatever any poll may have said in the recent past and one suspects whether we are these days getting like paid news, paid polls as well the time has come for mid- term elections.
As Oliver Cromwell told the Rump Parliament in 1654, ” It is not fit that you should sit here any longer… you shall now give place to better men in the name of God, go!” ” The issue is no longer just one of corruption.
It is one of unfitness of the Congress- led UPA to govern. The UPA has shown itself to be unworthy to rule this great and magnificent country. The fake arguments produced by the likes of Chidambaram that Parliament is supreme and cannot be challenged is pulling the wool over innocent eyes. Parliament is a weapon. And is entirely at the mercy of the majority party or coalition in power.
Parliament can be manipulated as has happened in the past to the shame of the nation. Much depends upon who is in power. Can one explain, for example, who authorised spending Rs. 151.28 crore on ten flights by Air India to ferry VIPs and VVIPs during 2010- 2011? Why pray, were those flights organised? Where was the urgency? And may one know who the VIPs and VVIPs are who took the flights? One remembers what the Mahatma wrote way back in May 1939 about corruption.
Gandhi then said that he would go ” to the length of giving the whole Congress a decent burial, rather than put up with the corruption that is rampant”. Such a burial seems called for now.
The Congress is unfit to rule. The Mahatma had wanted the Congress to dissolve it self immediately following independence on the grounds that its purpose had finally been served and it is in the fitness of things for a new and wholly different Congress to come to life. As on many other issues the Congress refused to oblige.
Some twenty seven years later Jayaprakash Narayan, fed up with Congress rule was to call for ” total revolution”, claiming that ” Indians are wracked by hunger, price rise and corruption”. The same tyranny the UPA government unleashed on Anna Hazare was unleashed by Indira Gandhi on Jayaprakash. What is novel about the current scene is that the non- violent revolt has spread throughout the length and breadth of the land. It is a credit to the people that they only waved flags and not sticks and stones.
Jayaprakash had called for a revolution in utter frustration. Anna Hazares demand is modest and more specific. He only wants strong steps to be taken to control running co