Politics of Outspokenness By Another Mr. Clean

Many factors are behind the spectacular success of the Indian National Congress in the recently concluded general elections in India. While the main reason is rejection of the politics of communalism of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by the people, it is also seen as a result of the work done by Rahul Gandhi in strengthening the organization of the Congress. Presently, Rahul Gandhi is the centre of attention for many throughout the world. The world is looking towards him as the future of India. Amid this attention, Rahul Gandhi is bound to be observed closely.

As far as Indian politics is concerned, politicians during the freedom struggle and even for some decades after independence, enjoyed a positive influence over the masses. But with the passage of time, politics has become a thing of derision. Unfortunately, politics is now linked with false rhetoric, false promises, the spread of communalism and casteism, making divisions among the people on the basis of region, groups and language; corruption, encouragement of dynasty politics, robbing the people of their hard earned income and more.

This is the reason that no guardian wants his child to join politics. What is more unfortunate is that today’s politician doesn’t want to concede the abovementioned incoherence in politics. In spite of this, he believes that he is the real social servant of the nation and people give him the same respect as they once used to give leaders like Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Gulzari Lal Nanda. But in fact the people are fed up with traditional Indian politics and desire major changes in it.

Rajiv Gandhi was the first Prime Minister who conceded corruption in politics and the government system. He said that if the Central government sends one rupee for the people, only fifteen paisa is delivered to the people, while the remaining amount is lost in corruption.

Such a confession by Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister was a great shock for the people because it was said by the person who was the Prime Minister. Otherwise this fact was not new to the people. Since the death of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, no other leader in the last eighteen years tried to unveil those facts of corruption or talk about that, whereas the people are always desperate to get rid of this corruption.

In this atmosphere, another Mr. Clean, Rahul Gandhi, like his father, has once again tried to set the standards of politics. Reiterating his father’s point, he also has said that out of one rupee sent by the central government, only ten paisa reaches the needy. Such political confession by him may have created cyclones in the political circles, but the common man seemed to be happy by the courage of Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi Hope of India

Rahul said similar things regarding the relations between the central government and the CBI. Within just five years of entering politics, his visits to the homes of dalits, eating with them, even sleeping in their homes, is in itself exemplary. Another reason for the falling standard of politics is that any person without any education or qualification, who fails in other walks of life, can try his luck in politics. The Congress party is defamed for the fact that the party officials are imposed on workers by the high command i.e. the officials are nominated and not elected. After decades, this weakness is finally realized by Rahul Gandhi.

Recently, by conducting organizational elections in the Youth Congress in the states of Punjab and Gujarat, he has tried to ensure that people who are popular and who have a grip on the organization, come forward and fill posts in the party. Rahul has started a programme for the enrolment of able workers in the Youth Congress.

The finger is always raised on the Nehru-Gandhi family that this family always wants to put central power under its control. In a democracy, such types of accusations don’t work because it is the people who decide who should be in power and who should be in opposition.

This is the fact that almost every politician aspires to become the Prime Minister. While the Nehru-Gandhi family is being accused of control over power, the member of the same family, Sonia Gandhi proved by refusing the post of Prime Minister in 2004 that only the members of Nehru-Gandhi family have the courage to reject the topmost office.

If we talk about the 2009 general elections, this time too there were talks by the media and the opposition that by proposing Dr. Manmohan Singh as Prime Ministerial candidate, the party is trying to get the majority and after that Dr. Manmohan Singh may be replaced by Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister. On being asked these type of questions repeatedly, Rahul Gandhi gave the same reply that he doesn’t possess much experience required to become the Prime Minister. He talked about learning much by remaining in politics. Can we imagine any other leader not to be attracted by the post, if it is so close to him?

Surveys show that today Rahul Gandhi is the biggest role model for the youth of the country. Like his father, people are seeing him as another Mr. Clean due to his honesty and outspokenness. The youth hope that if the future belongs to Rahul Gandhi, then possibly politics can be reformed. Not just this, the nation would get rid of the politics of communalism, casteism, regionalism, cleverness, falsehood and corruption; and can witness the politics of cleanliness.

Tanveer Jafri is an award-winning journalist and peace activist, based in India, covering communal harmony and social activities.