Rahul Gandhi is set to take the big leap after being named the president of the Indian National Congress last week. Having struggled through most of his political career, the Gandhi scion is now ready to take control as the fourth generation of the dynasty. Politics might not have been an easy road for him, but becoming Congress President seemed like a cake walk.
After all, he was the lone candidate who filed the nomination papers for the post and became the president with great aplomb on December 18. This obviously kicked a political storm, and BJP went on to attack Congress yet again, calling it a party of one family.
The opposing voices were not limited to just the opposition parties. Within days of Rahul’s nomination, party leader from UP, Ayub Ali, said that his application for the same post was not even considered!
“Went to chairman of Congress central election authority, M Ramachandran ji, and told him I would like to stand for Congress President post. He got angry and told me there will only be one candidate that is Rahul ji. He asked me to leave [sic],” he told news agency ANI.
Rahul is taking over the post after his mother Sonia Gandhi called the shots in Congress for more than 18 years. She was also accused of exerting too much influence on the Prime Minister’s office during the 10 years of Manmohan Singh’s regime.
Dynasties have ruled across the world in pre-democracy era. These powerful families played every dirty game to remain at the top and exploited the people. The advent of democracy brought a new hope of creating an inclusive political system, where people could choose their leaders.
However, this system has been constantly diluted in the largest democracy of the world, India. If there is no internal democracy in the political parties, then how are they going to implement the same system for the people?
And it is not just limited to one party. Everyone stands accused of condoning dynasty politics. Look around, and you will find the traces of political dynasties in every state. Be it Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav in Bihar, Akhilesh Yadav in UP, Naveen Patnaik in Odisha or MK Stalin in Tamil Nadu, the list is endless.
A survey by The Hindu highlighted that close to a third of the MPs elected come from a political family. The situation is such that nobody can point fingers at the other now — be it the Congress, BJP, or any other party. In the end, no matter which party you vote for, some of the families will continue to dominate the scene.
And what do millennials think about this? While some have supported Rahul’s nomination, accusing BJP and other parties of the same, several others have lambasted the Congress party.
“It is frustrating to see that political parties practice dynasty politics, and voters continue to support them. We cannot blame any one party for this. The situation is such that it can lead to the erosion of trust in the democratic setup of our country,” says Abhay Kumar (29, Ranchi), who works as a program leader with an NGO.
Indeed, the growing acceptance towards political scions is not just eroding the trust but also destroying the basic idea of democracy that our country stands for.
Now is the time that Indians started speaking up against it. The generation of young, talented Indians, who can change things around with their knowledge, conviction and passion, should raise their voices against this clandestine autocracy. Otherwise, only a few entitled families will secure all the power and rule the nation.
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