China, Pakistan are Issues where Modi has come short
Rahul may be a better Human Being but not PM Material
Mr Jairam Ramesh, former Union Minister in India, is partially right with his perceptions about the de-facto Congress chief, Mr Rahul Gandhi.
In an interview with NDTV as well as to India Today TV channel last night, he called Rahul “a better human being than Prime Minister Modi.” NDTV is available in Singapore, not India Today, so I got to watch only Barkha Dutt’s interview.
Mr Ramesh sought to substantiate his claim with the assertion that “Rahul’s sense of values is far superior to that of Mr Modi, who has a remarkable ability to twist facts.”
I tend to agree with his stand. But I will not like to see Mr Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister.
Mr Modi is too self-centred and will never ever qualify to be a statesman. He is just a showman.
Mr Modi perennially behaves like a poll campaigner and not as an objective leader taking the nation on a growth path.
- Two days ago 250 soldiers from China intruded into Indian territory (Arunachal Pradesh) again but Mr Modi remains more concerned about building his own image and that of the BJP, actively participating in party conclaves when he is not globe-trotting.
- China has been consistently needling India, seeking to scuttle India’s NSG bid but while I can appreciate his efforts in getting support from the U.S., Switzerland and Mexico the obsession with NSG will take India nowhere. If Pakistan is also admitted to NSG, which is what China wants, then India may as well be out of it.
- Worse, the grouping failed to endorse India’s entry in Vienna, which pointed to Mr Modi’s wasted overseas stints and jamborees.
- What is needed is tough, meaningful action against the Red Giant, not molly-coddling to the West while pursuing MSG membership.
- Not Statesmanship: Moreover, Mr Modi is merely building on the good work done by the previous Government led by Dr Manmohan Singh, including on NSG, without the kind of fanfare that Mr Modi dabbles in.
- The landmark India–United States Civil Nuclear Agreement was signed in 2008 itself. That had paved the way for American support for India’s NSG admission. But Mr Modi hardly gives credit to the initiatives of Dr Singh and that itself is not statesmanship!
- By not allowing the AAP Government to function, Modi and the BJP demonstrate how cheap they are! The Home Ministry is believed to be refusing to clear as many as 23 bills passed by the Delhi Assembly.
Congress has Better Leaders
But Mr Rahul Gandhi does not have it in him to be a good leader.
Rahul Gandhi and his sister, Priyanka (photo taken off the Web)
Congress has leaders with the intellectual strength, strong communication skills and clarity of thought to lift the party out of the mess it is trapped in. They include former ministers and party spokesmen Shashi Tharoor, Jairam Ramesh, Manish Tiwari, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram.
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul must step aside and let one of the better leaders to take control. The Congress will become a piece of history if it continues to project Rahul as the leader and nullify all sacrifices made by former Prime Ministers late Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and even Rajiv Gandhi.
Partymen must see the ominous signals and make the Gandhis understand that they are the reason for the discomfiture facing the Congress. If the family is allowed to hold sway over the party then the man behind many scams, Sonia’s son-in-law Robert Vadra will continue to be a huge liability for the Congress.
If that change does not happen, I think the best of the Congress leadership, including those mentioned herein, must take flight and perhaps join hands with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. That will strengthen the AAP across India.
The Congress does not deserve survival if they cannot look beyond the Sonia family!
G Joslin Vethakumar