An entire generation in Congress, who were blessed to be born with a golden spoon in their mouths, might never have imagined that the electorate would literally drive them out of power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Like the character of the Indian TV series Mungerilal, Congress Prince Rahul and his cronies kept dreaming that due to the virtue of their ancestors – Nehru and Gandhi, Congress would retain the crown even if they didn’t. did not get a majority. Despite losing power in 2014, the prince, his mother and their fervent scholarly leaders like Chidambaram sincerely hoped they would return to power in 2019. This, they believed, especially after their success in the Assembly elections in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Rajasthan. Chhattisgarh in 2018. But, in 2019, voters rejected the Congress leadership. And now it seems that the leaders of Congress are convinced that they will not be able to return to power for at least the next two terms, that is, until their prince becomes an elderly person.
The Congress leadership, time and time again, has always tried to oppose the Bharatiya Janata Party. And in doing so, they fail to realize that sometimes they are also putting the pride of the nation on the line. This tendency of Congress was seen even in the 70s and 80s, that is, when Congress was in power in the country. And today too, that is to say since 2014, the Congress has still not moved. Consistently opposing the Modi government at the center of every issue, again and again, proves how their leadership has no other agenda. This shows their ideological pauperism.
When the issue of Ram Janmabhoomi was raised in the 1980s, the Congress leadership at the time was at a loss as to what position to take. Lord Ramchandra is not a religious issue, but a matter of the country’s national identity and its rich cultural heritage. The leadership of the Congress unnecessarily gave a political twist to the issue of building the temple of Ram in Ayodhya without realizing that it was a pride that bound the whole nation together. The then President of Congress, who was also the then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, had to depend on his ‘Doon School’
friends and some journalist friends for this political advice. At that time, these scholars advised Rajiv Gandhi that given the liberal view of Congress, it would not be appropriate to support the construction of Ram Mandir.
Let us recall that even before, Rajiv Gandhi had decided to make a constitutional amendment to annul the judgment rendered by the Supreme Court in the Shah Bano case. At that time, a Muslim leader like Arif Mohammad Khan, known to be a staunch supporter of Rajiv Gandhi, opposed this constitutional amendment. But the so-called secular leadership of Congress was in no mood to accept this opposition. It is because of this constitutional amendment which made it clear that Congress was persuading Muslims for no reason.
In this context, when the Ram Mandir movement began to spread rapidly in northern India, Rajiv Gandhi realized that opposing the construction of the Ram temple would be politically suicidal. And so in September 1989, when the cornerstone laying ceremony by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the saints was undertaken in Ayodhya, the Congress government that was ruling Uttar Pradesh had to, without an option, grant the permission.
After that, when LK Advani started the Ram Rath Yatra, the Congress leadership opposed it raising objections on the evidence proving that Ayodhya was indeed the birthplace of Lord Ram. The question of Lord Ram’s birthplace is beyond political and legal disputes. It is our cultural heritage and the one that keeps the unity of our country intact. If the Congress had agreed on these aspects and had approved the construction of the temple of Ram, the Congress would not have to live what it lives today. The Congress’s objective was solely to hinder the construction of Ram Mandir.
Also, from 1991 to 1996 then from 2004 to 2014, that is to say during 15 long years when the Congress was in power, it had tried by all means to create obstacles to the construction of the temple of Ram in Ayodhya. In 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi executed the bhoomipujan of
Ram Mandir. After that, the Congress once again proved its ideological bankruptcy by questioning the fundraising campaign initiated for the construction of the temple by pro-Hindutva organizations.
Now, in 2022, to commemorate the Amrit Mahotsav of India’s independence, the central government had announced the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign. This campaign aimed to educate Gen Next about the struggle for freedom and the sacrifices made by freedom fighters. It was also launched to ensure that as the country marches towards celebrating the centenary of its independence, the youth of today work to make the nation even stronger and more prosperous. This campaign was not exclusive to the Modi government or the Bharatiya Janata Party, but it was a nationwide campaign. If Congress had participated in this campaign, no one would have opposed it. But Congress Prince Rahul Gandhi unnecessarily dragged the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Parivar into the affair and politicized the campaign. Looking at the turnout from all walks of life in this campaign, it was obvious that the Congress Prince was frustrated and irritated. There was absolutely no reason to make the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign a bad omen.
In 2020, the Indian army had given an appropriate response to China’s incursion into the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. At that time too, Rahul Gandhi had expressed doubts about the capabilities of his own country’s army. Sadly, Rahul Gandhi had blamed the failure of the army’s intelligence wing for the deaths of 20 jawans. While opposing the Modi government, the mother-son duo failed to realize that they were indirectly supporting powers like China against India. The Congress leadership has not even shown the courage to blame China for the incursion into Ladakh.
After Maharashtra’s Cultural Affairs Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar suggested that in government offices, ‘Hello’ should be replaced with ‘Vande Mataram’ while answering phone calls, due to the independence Amrit Mahotsav of India, the Congress leaders opposed it, reiterating once again that they are no less than their leaders in Delhi. Vande Mataram, an ode to the motherland, was adopted as a national song by the Constituent Assembly of India in 1950. Famous Marathi poet,
Lyricist, writer and actor GD Madgulkar aka Ga Di Ma had said that Vande Mataram is as revered and sacred as our Vedas and Mantras. History tells us that it was a popular marching song for political activism and Indian freedom movement. Our freedom fighters breathed their last singing Vande Mataram. If fanatical organizations like Raza Academy were to oppose Vande Mataram’s singing, one could understand. But for the Congress which claims to have led the fight for freedom and still oppose the chanting of Vande Mataram is incomprehensible. The Congress is not ready to neglect everything to show its ideological poverty. May the Almighty grant wisdom to the leadership of the Congress is all we can hope and pray for.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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