Ability should be the only criteria
Readers of this blog would recall that I predicted that the Congress (and Sonia Gandhi too) would show some prudence in electing any seasoned politician from its camp (and there are many) to be the next Prime Minister. Sonia could still be the party supremo to act as the “source of inspiration” for the party workers as well as create a “power centre” within the organization to dispel internal feuds and power struggles (as the newspapers report, Sonia atleast tried her bit by saying a firm no to the PMship yesterday). Actually, on her becoming the PM I have a mixed opinion. On one hand I have strong objections to the BJP stand on this on the other I don't find her too capable for the post too. This was something I wrote on my Hindi blog almost 6 months ago:
Few days ago, Atalji was delighted at the prospects of Bobby Jindal becoming the Governor of Louisiana. Had he won the elections, perhaps he would have penned down a poem on the rising stature of NRIs. It feels good to see an Indian rise on the political ladders of any other nation, even if the person does not regard himself an Indian anymore, but a similar situation happening in our own country hurts, even if she is a lady married to an Indian, even if she speaks better Hindi than a former Prime Minister Devegowda can.
As a matter of fact, any qualification on the basis of which you and I would get selected in exams and recruitment processes cannot form the basis of being elected in politics, be it the education qualification, Age limit or work experience. It's little surprise that we often end up selecting illiterate people, people with criminal backgrounds or those in the last stages of their lives. And who can talk of electing here? In an era of coalition politics you can never be sure that the parties you rejected would not come to power as a result of their brokering allegiance with the largest party.
I am not a Sonia devotee, but I have reservations on the points on which she is being opposed. Selecting a veteran like Atalji or a novice like Sonia, there is no visible benefit in either propositions; while in the case of novices like Sonia, the people who would benefit are the beaurocrats and the kitchen cabinet would run the government in proxy, in the case of experienced players indulging in suitcase politics cannot be ruled out. I feel we need to take a middle route.
I am worried that with Sonia at the helm, the government will have to spend most of its time justifying its each and every action, as the opposition will raise doubts on the integrity of such decisions, especially in matters of national security.
Update[2:50 PM]: Sonia Gandhi has refused to be the Prime Minister.
While on the topic:
Never knew I would be missed. I am hopefully back after this forced hiatus (a severe spinal pain aggravated by the project deadline here). Good to know you have shifted to your “own home”.
It is very difficult to improve a master stroke.
So I will just say, nay, repeat this.
Abey, Kuch to likho, mere bhai.
It’s been a long time since you wrote some thing dude. WHy?
P.S The original of the quote is on the tag board of http://yayaawar.blogdrive.com/
If I remember correctly a person from Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha can be PM. Its upto Sri MMS and Congress if they want to go for a PM directly selected by people.
I agree with you pcw. Manmohan does not have a popular base, but then he will get 6 months time to contest from a convinient constituency and proove his mandate, which I think will be piece of cake for him.
Frankly this is the irony of politics, ability vs popularity, its difficult to find the right mix. Laloo is immensely popular but is he talented enough? Again the argument can go that if we take education, talent, experienec as the barometer than how can we expect an illeterate yet experienced person to reach the helm ever. People give example of Kamraj.
This will continue to be a preplexing question in a democratic setup like ours.
Is Shri MMS the right candidate for the job? Does he have the mandate of the people? He has never managed to get the democratic nod from people: he lost the only lok sabha election he contested. A person who hasn’t led a political entity, how can he be expected to lead the nation? It is sham democracy…
thanx. enjoyed reading your blog – also was amazed to find hindi blogging.
Have added u too.
Nice one Siddarth! BTW apart from Rahul and Priyanka, Govinda was perhaps the only one to utter “Sonia Maa”!
Now i know why bengalis love sonia
One thing i fail to understand about commies is while they talk a lot about self reliance, self this self that… anti-globalization etc it is ok if multinationals rule the country. it was funny they endorsed sonia outright.
One more curious thing …
long life = be a commie..
Man it is difficult to find a leader below 60.
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