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Sonia where are you headed?

December 29, 2007
The other day in Mumbai I came across a banner wishing all of us a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year:

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A stark reminder for us the people that Sonia Gandhi is the boss, not the P.M. Dr. Manmohan Singh. Well, we know that already.

Even then these type of banners irritate me. They underline the fact that Sonia stands a head taller than anybody in the Congress even though she is not the P.M.

Wonder what her game plan is. To become the P.M if the Congress wins again, in the next elections? The last time there was a huge controversy over her becoming the P.M. as the opposition raked up the issue of her being of foreign origin. Does she feel that the electorate has been sufficiently softened up and is ready to accept her as the P.M in 2008? Is this what is going on in the mind of the Congress? Because if it is, then all of us who are thinking of voting for a Congress candidate in the general election next year better keep that in mind.

And well, if Sonia is the boss, then she might as well become the boss. Let’s drop the pretences, let’s stop being hypocritical. And let her face the music that comes with becoming the first P.M of foreign origin.

(Photograph is by me and taken a few days ago on the streets of Mumbai)

Related Reading: Sonia represents India at the United Nations on the International day of Non-violence.

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  1. December 29, 2007 12:55 am

    Sonia along with her is trying her best to bring Rahul Gandhi also in limelight. But time is changing. Indian voters are matured and their intelligence can not be questioned. Indian voters are getting ready to say good bye to Dynastic politics of Congress.

  2. December 29, 2007 5:36 am

    For her, it was a case of Sonia, yet so far.
    However, I believe there is no turning back for her on this. It will be one of her kids as PM, and she, the Regent Mother of the country. Yes, it is hypocritical to some extent, but more a practical ploy to run the country by proxy without having the problems of office, not least of getting assassinated.

  3. ashok j permalink
    December 29, 2007 6:32 am

    Who is the boss of Shiv Sena? Who was the boss of BSP till Kanshi Ram died? Who is the real boss of BJP– it is another “social Organisation”. Why pick on Congress alone when there are so many other examples?

  4. December 29, 2007 9:48 am

    Old Sailor, I think Rahul Gandhi is not a popular leader. Priyanka has a better chance. But it cannot be in the next election. It’s too soon for either Rahul or Priyanka.

    Rdoc🙂 Nice pun.

    Ashok, the P.M. is the most powerful office in the land. That was my context.

  5. prax permalink
    December 29, 2007 11:42 am

    well ashok forgot abt south politics rather conveniently with its karnanidhis and jayas and ramadoss s etc

  6. prax permalink
    December 29, 2007 11:44 am

    lets see how long the allure wt gori chamdi survives for both the congress and the people of this country
    its 3 straight losses now for them punjab gurat himachal
    goa wasnt even a win

  7. December 29, 2007 12:47 pm

    //They underline the fact that Sonia stands a head taller than anybody in the Congress even though she is not the P.M.//
    well she is… after all she is the president of Congress I… so no wonder she is the most important person of the party.

    //Does she feel that the electorate has been sufficiently softened up and is ready to accept her as the P.M in 2008?//
    I beg to differ… last election was found under her leadership (manmohan was nowhere in picture) and in spite of the fact that everybody had expected BJP to win, she won the election for Congress…..

    so people did elect her as a leader… however nobody has ever elected manmohan sigh as his/her leader

  8. Sudhir Jatar permalink
    December 29, 2007 4:33 pm

    Well, Sonia is not the boss. She is the Fuhrer. Why else should the high level meeting of the Congress to analyse the results of Gujarat election, ‘absolve’ the great lady of any responsibility towards the defeat. And now comes HP. Who is the other scape goat now? I am reminded of the German Fuhrer.
    It is pointless comparing the family lineages of any other party because what we see in the grand old party is something unique, which is destroying it fully. It is a shock to us who never imagined that the Congress could reach this stage.

  9. December 29, 2007 6:04 pm

    Did it take so long for you to realize this hypocrisy? And still in a mood to vote this pathetic Government in again? My sympathies for you.

  10. December 29, 2007 7:36 pm

    Prax, yes it does seem as if this is a bad time for the Congress isn’t it!

    Ankur, true what you say, people didn’t vote of Manmohan. But let me tell you something funny. I asked my maid who she voted for and do you know what she said? She said, Indira Gandhi!! When i asked the watchman, he simply held up his hand (Congress symbol) and when asked again, which person, he looked blank. So much for our enlightened electorate.

    Sudhir, thanks. fuhrer eh. Well, why not. She is certainly the most powerful person in this country!

    Harish, I am not sure who you sympathise with🙂 but I guess everyone has a right to be idealistic and hope is the eternal human condition.
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  11. December 30, 2007 12:15 am

    nein harish das ist Zuper PM Sonia Gandi

  12. December 30, 2007 7:24 am

    its like ardent followers of republic/democrats in US… these guys will vote for their fav party irrespective of who is the leader and what is his/her manifesto.

    BTW even though I have a lot of interest in politics and follow each and every move made by the center or state, i also do not know who is the MP/MLA or my area.
    and I am sure I am not alone

  13. December 30, 2007 10:10 pm

    NIta, I dont know much about Sonia Gandi, in fact almost nothing. But the fact that a lady of foregin origin is able to come in the Indian policts that his is truly exeptional and – from ym point of view – shows the greatness of Indian nation.

    I can not even imagine an Indian lady /or any other foreign lady at the same position somethere in Austria (that so called high European democracy)… By the way, one interesting fact : HIndusim is not considered to be a religion in Austria!! – Islam – yes, Buddhism – yes, but Himduism – no! (will write a post on it later)

    I believe the West still has a lot to learn from you, Indians. And you also have to respect yourself and actually realise your value and greatness more. Sorry for being that straighforward🙂

  14. Amit permalink
    December 30, 2007 10:19 pm

    But the fact that a lady of foregin origin is able to come in the Indian policts that his is truly exeptional and – from ym point of view – shows the greatness of Indian nation.

    axinia, it’s not that simple. I’d agree to that assertion if Sonia achieved the same levels of power if she were, say, from Africa, or another Asian country – basically, not white. This also reflects the lack of leadership and imagination in Indian politics/democracy where a dynasty rule is preferred.

    Even in Pakistan, Benazir was the chairwoman-for-life, and now her son has been anointed the heir-apparent, and his name changed back to Bhutto from Zardari to cash in on the family name. Democracy indeed.

    I believe that we all can learn from each other, and neither west nor east is the best.🙂

  15. December 30, 2007 11:33 pm

    Amit, you are right,
    “neither west nor east is the best. ” – there is a lot to learn form each other.
    As for the dynasty stuff – I am also surprised, how important it seem to be for people…May be people feel more safe, like they know what to expect?
    On the other hand, I honesty to do see that democracy is the best way either, it just gives you an illusion of freedom, but you are being manipulated a lot – just in some other way.
    So the best is just to keep ot our own wisdom:) I hope that the nation that gave birth to Mahatma Gandi should have its wisdom!

  16. December 30, 2007 11:36 pm

    I think this dynastic politics is ingrained deeply into our genes. For, we allow them to happen in the first place and there have been numerous cases of successes in India and elsewhere. In fact, Napoleon’s enemies in France were so terrorised by him, that his son also died soon after his death.

    In fact most of the kings in the Indian mythology had trained their sons to be emperors. In otherwords, they meticulously impart all the skills required for them. One good example is Hyder Ali/Tippu Sultan. But now, what are the skills expected from a head of state?

    No wonder dynastic politics is popular here.

    Destination Infinity.

  17. December 31, 2007 8:29 am

    Thanks all for your viewpoints.
    Axinia, as Amit and destination Infinity have pointed out, there is nothing to be proud of that Sonia is so powerful in our country today. She is here because of her connection to the ex-P.M.’s of India. the fact is that she got here despite her being a foreigner shows nothing good about India. It shows a vacuum in our politics, it shows that there is no one to take over her mantle. And as Amit says, her white skin is a draw. If she was not white, she would not have made it.

  18. December 31, 2007 3:17 pm

    All said and done, i can’t bond with Sonia not because of her origins per se but because of her lack of substance. She never comes across to me as a lady worth listening to.
    Somehow i find her non-appealing and pedestrian!

  19. January 1, 2008 8:08 pm

    Nita, thanks!
    You see I may be not that particular about that nationality business because most of the Russian rulers were not of Russian origin🙂
    May be origin does not matter much, if the person is able to do a lot for the country? But obviously from your statements Sonya is not that type of a person…
    Probably he whole situation is the echo of the 300 years of the British rule?

  20. January 1, 2008 8:20 pm

    Axinia, well, you do have a point but the problem is that many people believe that she is not a capable leader and has only got there because of her connection to the gandhi family. It’s like the russian leaders being related to the previous leaders. Are they related?
    It’s the dynasty thing that bugs most people. And as for Sonia doing a lot for the country, there are many who will not feel so…

    Minal, I share your opinion to a large extent. I see nothing visionary or special in her. I admire leaders like Vajpayee for example.

  21. January 1, 2008 11:34 pm

    Nita:

    If nothing else, Asif Zardari has sure learnt her king-making skills! I am itching to write a post on democracy right after I share a note on what I was doing for 7 days🙂

    Happy New Year!

  22. January 2, 2008 8:51 am

    @ Shefaly:

    Thanks and looking forward to the democracy post.

  23. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    January 2, 2008 9:07 am

    Those of you who were busy contributing responses to this post on NYD:

    The lady in question is in hospital in Delhi, undergoing investigations for/recovery from RTI.

  24. vivek mittal permalink
    July 15, 2008 1:34 pm

    It’s not a new thing..who is bigger, the PM or the congress president, has always been the debate in the congress

    Indira Gandhi at her time, to simplify, made it sure that only one single person can occupy the two thrones..

    I would put it like that, in any democracy, political parties and their ideologies are of utmost importance for the nation….and the chief of a leading political party at any given day is no less important than the Constitutional head of the nation

    In our constitution too, the leader of opposition and the Prime Minister both are given equal importance

    But as Indira Gandhi did, the party chief and the PM should be the same person as far as possible, but it looks unlikely in the near future in congress as i doubt Sonia Gandhi would like to become PM if congress wins in next election (which is highly unlikely)

    And in case of BJP, Mr Advani,is the most powerful leader in his party and also prime ministerial candidate..though he is not the party chief officially…so balance will be maintained if he becomes PM after next elections

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