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‘Problem is we have too many leaders’: Sonia on UP debacle

The lack of grace in defeat by the Congress is an indicator why its has not won a national election on merit for more than 30 years now.

Can calculations replace vision, imagination? Leadership blames - workers, organization, other 'leaders'. |  Cartoonist Keshav of The Hindu  |  Click for image.

Can calculations replace vision, imagination? Leadership blames - workers, organization, other 'leaders'. | Cartoonist Keshav of The Hindu | Click for image.

SONIA Gandhi today said that the Congress’s performance in the assembly polls would do no “damage” to the UPA government.

Sonia ruled out any possibility of PM Manmohan Singh stepping down as a result of the defeat. Asked about the Congress’s PM candidate in 2014, she said: “This is 2012.”

Sonia spoke to reporters after two and a half hours of one-on-one meetings with Congress general secretaries or incharges in states that went to polls, and with other senior leaders.

“The Congress party has got support below its expectations. We accept it with all humility,” she said.

“Rahul has already told you about UP. Our party organisation is weak in UP.”

On the party’s poor show in Amethi and Rae Bareli, Sonia said: “There have been such defeats earlier. It seems people were not happy with the sitting MLAs. The new candidates won.” Asked if the Congress was lacking leaders, she remarked: “I would say rather than lack of leaders, too many leaders, that is our problem.” (via ‘Problem is we have too many leaders’: Sonia on UP debacle – Indian Express).

It has taken some 15 years, but the CEC has been defanged. Salman Khurshid gets away  |  Cartoonist Kirtish Bhatt  |  Click for source image.

It has taken some 15 years, but the CEC has been defanged. Salman Khurshid gets away | Cartoonist Kirtish Bhatt | Click for source image.

What contempt?

After years of unquestioned loyalty, by all and sundry Congress ‘leaders’, Sonia Gandhi has so much contempt for them?

After not winning a national election for 32 years on merit (Rajiv’s victory of 1984 tainted by sympathy), Congress still blames the organization and party workers.

If a 150 year old party, does not have organization, who will? Way back in the 1970s, Congress was the only party with any kind of organization.

In the 1977 election, Congress was head and shoulders above every other political organization. Indira Gandhi used the same organization to make a brilliant come back in 1980 election.

If between 1984-2012, there has been a collapse in the organization, we know who is to blame.

But, now Sonia Gandhi blames these ‘too many leaders!’

Even if Sonia Gandhi’s allegations are true, there was no one to stop her from sacking, removing, inducting any one of her choice.

Sonia and Rahul's leadership is impeccable. The workers and other 'leaders' are to blame.  |  Cartoonist S.Nagesh in firstpost.com  |  Click for image.

Sonia and Rahul's leadership is impeccable. The workers and other 'leaders' are to blame. | Cartoonist S.Nagesh in firstpost.com | Click for image.

  1. March 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  2. A fan of your content
    March 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    The way it’s going with the INC, considering what you have pointed out, it is now as clear as daylights that the INC has leaders but lacks leadership. Sonia may have inadvertently admitted her failure.

    Come to think of it, we need to rethink the Western democratic tradition of political parties as the only channel of representative government. The following may be some of the reasons:

    1. Most elections have ceased to be ideological battlegrounds for the voter’s mind. They are merely a means to acquire power. At least in India. While the Left raises issues relevant to the common man, they have no say in decision making. The BJP is a saffron INC. Equally corrupt and far more harmful than the INC, always ready to capitulate to foreign interests.

    2.. The educated Indian has given up on elections. Evidence: falling poll percentage in urban areas.

    3. The corporatocracy is happy dealing with political parties, which are relatively organized bodies. It would be a real mess if every legislator needs to be bribed and cajoled to take decisions favoring this party or the other. In the end, democracy suffers.

  3. March 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I find the Indian preoccupation with corruption rather worrying. On one side we want a bigger State – and more powers and intervention by the State. After we have a Big State, every decision can become an endless argument.

    Much like Nehru in modern India.

    Nehru was expected to infallible by some – and they keep finding mistakes with everything that Nehru did. There are others who want Nehru to have the pedestal that Gandhiji has – and wish to sweep every negative of Nehru under the carpet.

    Corruption will end the day the Big State ends. Either we accept the Big State and minimize corruption or we stop accepting the expansion of the State.

    With the end of colonialism and the need to prove ourselves, India has entered a State of partial ideological vacuum.

    For most, the British horns have disappeared. India has already arrived. Most of India is born after 1970. For this generation, which is the post-Bombay High India generation , shortages, austerity, are only stories – and not a recent reality. They can only see the gap between today’s India – and today’s rich countries. To them any such gap between India and the rich countries is an Indian failure.

    This wanting to be with the joneses is no ideology.

    India’s polity is of course a part of the global loss of credibility in politicians. And Indian polity has no answer.

    Just think! After the 1980 victory of Indira Gandhi, no national party has gained a majority at a national level. It is 32 years now.

    Coming to Congress and BJP, I find there is little difference. But the one Big Difference between the two is history. Congress has too much history – and therefore they end of talking much and doing less. BJP is more driven by needing to prove itself – and to create history.

    Clearly the way forward is Bharattantra. India will muddle through the Big State morass for a few more decades.

    Unless, we have an intellectual giant, like Gautama Buddha did some 2500-3500 years ago. Someone who can connect and carry the 120 crore people with his ideas of how to move towards Bharattantra.

  4. May 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    How come most Indians do not know much about Gautama Buddha if his ideas were very influential as you are implying? Why is he not revered figure like Krishna, Ganesh or Shiva?

  5. May 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    Before you read further remember the following: –

    1. Dating of Gautama Buddha to 500 BC was a arbitrary exercize based on some speculative ideas drawn from Western history.

    Between 4000BC-2000BC, the world was affected by a global drought that lasted between 1000-2000 years in different parts of the world.

    India survived against all odds by migrating from Saraswati-Indus region to the Ind0-Gangetic plains. More than 2000 world-class cities had to be abandoned – and instead we have the confusion of post-Saraswati cities.

    In the newly established Indo-Gangetic cities, many principles of Bharattantra were compromised – which is when Gautama Buddha staged the challenge.

    After the drought, vast populations were uprooted and one prominent tribe were the Shakyas. You will find them from Greece to Russia and India to China. From Siberia to Arabia. Gautama Buddha was a Shakya prince.

    Shakya polity was based on Asuric polity – and Gautama Buddha’s defection from Shakya polity to Bharattantra sent global shockwaves. If you read Buddha’s life history, this defection is always echoing in the background, starting with his birth.

    Buddha’s mother, it is said, dreamt of the Airawata, the celestial elephant, entering her womb. Airawata, the elephant, was of course, India.So Gautama Buddha was infected with Indian ideas from his conception – goes the story.

    Gautama Buddha, during his own lifetime, exported Bharattantra to West Asia – and it is this benefit that made half the world revere him. While Christianity and Islam had to resort to war, genocide , massacres to impose their religion, Gautama Buddha is worshipped without any imposition. While Christianity and Islam, struggle to remain relevant,, Buddhism finds new relevance each year.

    Krishna was a completely different story. Off the top, I can think of the ten really big achievements.

    1. Unarmed Combat: – Krishna’s killing of Kaiwalyapidu, Kamsa’s rogue elephant, the deaths of Chanura and Mustika and of Kamsa himself were all chronicles in unarmed comabt, where as children, Krishna and Balarama showed that even children can defend themselves. This went later to China – and we have the birth of Kung-fu.

    2. Kill-and-eat: Krishna pioneered the grow-and-eat economy with dairy as the backbone of the food chain. He started with the cleaning of Yamuna – which I presume was heavily polluted by endless dumping of meat-waste. You only have to see how animal fat is extracted or glue (sares) made from animal waste (bones and skins) to understand how polluting this is.

    Krishna, it was who probably, replaced animal fat with dairy fat – and his love of butter was an indicator of this change. Krishna’s jumping into the polluted Yamuna, to get his ball, and the killing of Kaaliya nag, is how he cleaned the Yamuna – by transforming a kill-and-eat food system to grow-and-eat system.

    3. Animal Husbandry: He also pioneered the taming of the bull-calf – which is why he is called natho.

    4.Agriculture: Balarama pioneered ploughing and irrigation – the backbone of agriculture.

    5. Transportation: As a charioteer he popularized fast transportation – which is why you will find him in all parts of India.

    6. Plant Breeding: He brought the legendary Parijaat tree – which is the famous Baobab tree from probably West Asia or Africa (supposedly flying on a Garuda). Baobab tree is unique tree that lives for hundreds of years, can store enough water for a small village population, and its fruit and leaves have great nutritive value.

    7. Escape From Superstition: Krishna swept away all the superstitions and ancient folk-gods during the Goverdhan incident.

    8. Diplomacy: He laid out principless of diplomacy during Shishupal Vadh and his peace embassy before the War of Mahabharata.

    9. Marriage & Society: He also reinforced the principles of free marital choice in the Subhadra-Arjun incident with well-structured arguments and negotiations.

    10. His warcraft was second to none – which is why he alone was enough for the Pandavas. He was the inventor of the discus – the Sudarshana chakra. As an expert war-charioteer, he played a crucial role in Mahabharata.

    Thus Krishna’s contribution in politics, ethics, combat-and-warcraft, transportation, animal husbandry, agriculture have never been duplicated in history.

    Shiva and Ganesh are Vedic-Pauranik divinities – unlike Krishna and Gautama Buddha who are a historical characters.

  6. Vyasa
    June 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Buddha is definitely HIS STORY (history) figure but Krishna,Rama are ITIHASA figures along with being Puranic deities .Bhagavata purana.
    You seem to nurture some soft romantic ideas about Buddhism but in reality Buddhism spread to wherever it spread only through oppression.There are several accounts of Buddhism violence just in India without even getting into deep objective research.
    Buddha created a mirror image of Hinduism. Now did Buddha create it or just like Jesus was he used as poster boy by his greedy disciples is debatable.Same with HIS STORY.
    As for your ‘off the top’ spin about Krishna, each point was quite stretch, some even silly at that.
    1. Our puranas ,smritis have various accounts of child warriors.Not just Krishna,Balaram. Eg Rama ,Lakshmana and many more
    2.Grow and eat was practiced in Bharat long before Kirshnas Yamuna episode.
    3 Animal husbandary, befriending bull calf was there from antiquity.Siva-Nandi
    4.There are accounts of many puranic figures who also pioneered agriculture,
    5.Our ancient people also used much more faster modes of transportation . Vimanas.
    6.Plant breeding. So did Hanuman -sanjeevini. Also bringing parijata from West Asia, Africa is quite astretch.In fact our Rishis,Brahmins fertilized all those areas from time to time.
    7.It was not sweeping away ancient gods.In fact he reinforced the godliness of many more aspects like Govardhana giri and gowmaatas .
    8.Diplomacy is long known concept which Krishna also followed.
    9.Again Rakshasa Vivaha was a long known concept which he practiced.
    10.Again he was not the inventor of sudarshana chakra. It was a long known weapon.
    Krishna, Rama and most of sanatana Dharma divinties have followed,reinforced concepts which were already existing and established by Vedas and as to Vedas just like when sun happens it comes with its light same way when universe happens it comes with Vedas.
    Vegetarianism was practiced in Bharat since antiquity.Several scriptures talk about it.

    This link talks about some scriptural evidence of Vegetarianism when you scroll down


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