Do Indians Love to be Led by Despots?
Two parties led by authoritarian leaders are at the centre of the parliamentary elections in India. This is no cerebral riddle as the answers are obvious:
- The Congress led by Italy-born Sonia Gandhi, the Lady Hitler who appears to have held the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, on a leash.
o The latter, with academic credentials no other Head of State in any part of the world can match, was resigned to being a dummy without the courage or self-respect to walk out.
o In a just-released book, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, author Sanjaya Baru, who was media adviser to the PM in UPA-1, “paints a picture of a PM who decided to “surrender” to the party boss and the UPA allies”, as pointed out in a report in The Times of India today (graphic used here is also from that report.
- Narendra Modi (NaMo), who thrust himself on the BJP as its prime ministerial candidate by sheer marketing and by exploiting majoritariansm.
o Remember that in 2001 when Modi was advised to be Kesubhai Patel’s deputy by Vajpayee / Advani he was stubborn in saying: the chief ministership or nothing – his lust for power has its roots there. The leadership acceded to his desire.
o Modi’s self-centricity was in sharp focus recently when he urged the electorate to vote for him assuming that every BJP candidate is Modi himself. “Today I am seeking a vote for myself. I want to tell all voters that your vote will reach me directly.”
o This is reminiscent of the time when Congress leader DK Baruah said, “India is Indira, and Indira is India.”
Going by the overwhelming support NaMo enjoys and exit polls predicting his victory, it appears Indians love to be led by power-hungry despots.
My Other Election-Related Posts
- The Quattro Effect – https://joslinv.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/the-quattro-ps-of-politics-in-india-power-personality-principles-and-policies/
- Modi Vs Kamaraj — https://joslinv.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/modi-vs-kamaraj/#more-2286
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