An entire generation of Congress, that was fortunate to have been born with a golden spoon in their mouth, might have never imagined that the electorate would literally throw them out of power during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Like the Indian television series character Mungerilal, Congress prince Rahul and his sidekicks kept daydreaming that owing to the virtue of their forefathers – Nehru and Gandhi, the Congress will retain the crown even if they failed to get a majority. Despite losing power in 2014, the prince, his mother and their staunch learned leaders like Chidambaram sincerely hoped that they would return to power in 2019. This, they believed, especially after their success in Assembly elections in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in 2018. But, in 2019, the voters rejected the Congress leadership. And now it seems the Congress leadership is convinced that they will not be able to come back to power at least for the next two terms i.e till their prince becomes a senior citizen.
The Congress leadership, time and again, has always tried to oppose the Bharatiya Janata Party. And in doing so, they fail to realise that sometimes they are putting the nation’s pride also at stake. This tendency of the Congress was seen even during the 70s and the 80s, i.e when the Congress was in power in the country. And today also, i.e since 2014, the Congress has yet not budged. Constantly opposing the Modi government at the centre for every issue again and again proves how their leadership is left with no other agenda. This shows their ideological pauperism.
When the issue of Ram Janmabhoomi came up during the 80s, the Congress leadership at that time did not know what stance to take. Lord Ramchandra is not a religious issue, but is a matter of country’s national identity and its rich cultural heritage. The Congress leadership unnecessarily gave a political touch to the issue of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya failing to realise that it was a pride that connected the entire nation. The then Congress president who was also the then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi had to depend on his ‘Doon School’
friends and some journalist friends for such political advices. At that time, these scholars advised Rajiv Gandhi that considering the liberal outlook of the Congress, it would not be opportune to support the construction of Ram Mandir.
It may be recalled that even before that, Rajiv Gandhi had decided to make constitutional amendment to annul the judgement passed by the Supreme Court in the Shah Bano case. At that time, Muslim leader like Arif Mohammad Khan, who was known to be a staunch supporter of Rajiv Gandhi, had opposed this constitutional amendment. But the so-called secular Congress leadership was in no mood to take this opposition. It was due to this constitutional amendment that made clear that the Congress was persuading the Muslims for no reason.
In this backdrop, when the Ram Mandir movement started spreading rapidly in North India, Rajiv Gandhi realised that opposing the construction of Ram temple would be politically suicidal. And hence in September 1989, when the foundation stone laying ceremony by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the saints was being undertaken in Ayodhya, the Congress government that was in power in Uttar Pradesh had to, without option, grant permission.
After that when LK Advani started the Ram Rath Yatra, the Congress leadership had opposed it raising objections on the evidences to prove that Ayodhya was indeed the birth place of Lord Ram. The issue of the birth place of Lord Ram is beyond political and legal disputes. It is a matter of our cultural heritage and one that keeps the unity of our country intact. Had the Congress agreed on these aspects and approved the construction of Ram temple, the Congress would not have to go through what it is experiencing today. Congress’ aim was to only obstruct the construction of Ram Mandir.
Also, from 1991 to 1996 and again from 2004 to 2014, i.e during 15 long years when the Congress was in power, it had tried all means possible to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. In 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had performed the bhoomipujan of
Ram Mandir. After that, Congress once again proved its ideological bankruptcy by questioning the fund collection drive initiated for the temple construction by the pro-Hindutva organisations.
Now in 2022, to commemorate the Amrit Mahotsav of India’s Independence, the Central government had announced the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. This campaign was aimed at making the Gen Next aware about the freedom struggle and the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters. It was also launched to ensure that while the country marches towards celebrating its centenary year of Independence, the youth of today work towards making the nation even more strong and prosperous. This campaign wasn’t exclusive of either the Modi government or the Bharatiya Janata Party, but it was a campaign of the entire nation. Had the Congress participated in this campaign, no one would have objected to it. But Congress’ prince Rahul Gandhi unnecessarily dragged the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Parivar into this and politicised the campaign. Looking at the participation this campaign received from all walks of life, it was obvious that Congress’ prince got 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 a fitting reply to China’s incursion into the Galwan Valley of Ladakh. At that time too, Rahul Gandhi had raised doubts on the capability 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 realise that they were indirectly supporting powers like China against India. The Congress leadership did not even show the courage to blame China for the incursion in Ladakh.
After Maharashtra’s cultural affairs minister Sudhir Mungantiwar suggested that in government offices ‘Hello’ must be replaced by ‘Vande Mataram’ while answering the phone calls, owing to the Amrit Mahotsav of India’s Independence the Congress leaders objected to it, once again reiterating that they are no less than their leaders in Delhi. Vande Mataram, an ode to Motherland, was adopted as the national song by the Constituent Assembly of India in 1950. Renowned Marathi poet,
lyricist, writer and actor G D Madgulkar, alias 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 while chanting Vande Mataram. If bigoted organisations like Raza Academy had to object the chanting of Vande Mataram, one could understand. But for the Congress that proclaims to have led the freedom struggle and still to object to chanting of Vande Mataram is inapprehensible. Congress is not ready to leave any stone unturned to show its ideological poverty. May the Almighty grant the wisdom to the Congress’ leadership, is all that we can hope and pray.
Disclaimer Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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