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Sonia Gandhi’s communalism rant and Congress’s struggle for relevance

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Marqueur, Aug 14, 2014.

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    "When Communal Congress pretends to care about riots"

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleged a deliberate attempt to divide the people of India and said that there has been an increase in incidents of communal violence in the country since the current BJP Government came to power.


    The effects of Congress’s stunning Lok Sabha defeat on the party’s spirit seem to be wearing off. Sonia Gandhi’s return to the the Congress’s familiar old “communalism” rant is proof of this.

    On Tuesday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleged a deliberate attempt to divide the people of India and said that there has been an increase in incidents of communal violence in the country since the current BJP Government came to power. The claim fits the Congress’s framework perfectly, seeing as how the party’s entire election campaign was based on projecting Narendra Modi as a “polarising”, “divisive”, and “communal” figure. But it is a tenuous claim at best. A recent report in Times of India said that there has beenno sharp rise in communal clashes since NDA 2 took over.

    The report, which was in reaction to a claim similar to Sonia’s and made by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, says:


    “A comparison of monthly average of communal incidents reported from across the country in the last couple of years and during May-June 2014, after the Modi government assumed office, shows that incidents per month fell to 56.5 during May-June 2014 from 68.6 in 2013. The 2012 average, though, was better at 55.7 incidents per month.

    Similarly, the average number of deaths and injured on account of communal incidents was lower at 7.5 and 159 per month respectively over May-June this year, compared to 11 deaths and 189 injured per month in 2013 and 7.8 deaths and 176.4 injured in 2012.”

    Sonia Gandhi’s charge has little to do with facts and the reasons for this are not hard to understand. For nearly as far back as one can remember, the Congress has remained in power by milking two sacred cows – poverty and communalism. It has always been in the Congress’s interest that India remain poor and divided. These were the two planks Congress has fought and won elections on. It didn’t work this time because Narendra Modi tapped into something far more powerful – India’s aspirational drive. Modi’s ‘good governance and development’ mantra was the antidote to the message of victimhood and division that Congress had been feeding India for a long time and which, it turns out, India had grown tired of.

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu hit back at Sonia Gandhi’s allegations by saying:

    “Congress and communalism go hand and hand. It is the Congress party’s divisive politics and communal agenda which has brought the country to this state. That is why Congress has suffered a major setback in the recent elections and they should introspect. Stop such baseless allegations.”
    But this little truth seems to have escaped the Congress leadership. Only days earlier, Congress vice-president and Sonia Gandhi’s son Rahul Gandhi also created a scene in Parliament by raising the communalism bogey and alleging that the Speaker of the Lok Sabha was biased towards the prime Minister of India. The incident was portrayed by some sections of the media as at least partly heroic even though at the end of the day, it wasn’t anything radically different from what Congress has stood for in the past.

    Congress’s favourite Communal Violence Bill, which failed to pass in the Lok Sabha before the 2014 general election, has also made a comeback with Congress leaders getting increasingly vocal about it.

    Sonia Gandhi also – seemingly implying that communal riots in India had something to do with Palestine – said that Narendra Modi had not expressed “sufficient” solidarity with that nation.

    It is not surprising that Congress’s death spasms are taking the shape of rants about communalism. In truth, these are last ditch efforts to regain relevance. When Sonia Gandhi says Congress will fight to revive itself, she is speaking the truth. The Congress will most definitely fight; but it will be a fight for survival, not a fight against communalism.
     
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    Well, she does mention Palestine, where there is active violence,
    Lets be honest abt it, yes Israel is being forceful in name of self preservation and security, and the amount of rockets and weapons that they have caught, they can justify their operations. But on other hand, what about IS in Iraq and Syria, does she not see many of the youths of one community eager to join this jihadist group? Israel is not our country we have defence alliance with them. Palestine is our friend, but then this is the point where it might be crazy to support either of them. We would have to express solidarity with both. Honestly, if India expresses solidarity with Palestine (which we should). how does that help? just give empty words? Once India expresses solidarity, I am sure Khangress will want India to break all ties with Israel. Khangress has ensured that they have done a lot of business with israel (and kickbacks too)
    Phalcon Radar, Barak missiles, Tavor gun etc.

    The people of a community would be provoked by what happens in Palestine, but also what happens in Iraq.
     
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    yeh nahi sudhrenge. again communalism rant.
     
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    Rand or Rant ??
     
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