Walking the plank

Rahul Gandhi’s vituperation against the Ordinance to save convicted members of parliament and helping them hang on to their seats is the equivalent of Prime Minister Manmohan, as the captain of the sinking ship of the Congress Party government, being prodded on to the plank. The question is will a man, who has shown a special facility for following orders, serving the Gandhi Family while maintaining a sphinx-like countenance, muster the necessary self-respect to jump off the plank. This analyst has found it hard to see any intrinsic merit in this man, and yet seeing him treated with so much brusqueness and contempt by the Congress Party’s budding political master, at once elicits scorn for the weak-minded and muddled person that Manmohan is, and pity for him. He knows he has long outlived his political utility, but being rudely shoved on to the sidelines must be something new for a man who has a great capacity for absorbing insults. I really believe that, despite everything, Dr Singh will carry on in his position — his basic babu/bureaucrat-instincts kicking in, to continue in 7, Race Course Road for another few months, rather than bring matters to a head. He will be prevailed upon by Sonia Gandhi to stay on — better to have a proven political cipher reduced to nothing as PM (who is adept at swallowing dishonour), than risk general elections alongside the state elections, because that would be to court a double blow.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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1 Response to Walking the plank

  1. Ravi says:

    In spite of all this undermining of the Office of Prime Minister,we Indians will again give mandate to Congress (Supported by like minded Liberal Secular Parties (AIMIM,Muslim League Included)+Outside support of Leftists,Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati,Nitish Kumar, Mulaya Singh.Dont u think Sir this is going to happen after May 2014 and a person like AK Antony, P.Chidambaram,Ajay Maken may become PM if Cong’s tally is 140-185 and Youth Icon-Role Model, Visionary, Dynamic Rahul Gandhiji will be PM if Cong crosses 190-200.
    Dont u think Sir, this is a reality.
    We Indians are indebted to Congress na,just like Life long Valididty.
    Jai Ho Secularism (where a Hindu cannot become CM of J&K-which has 33% Hindus but a Muslim can become CM of Assam, Maharashtra, Puduchhery,etc)

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