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Dynasty Politics – A Never Ending Threat to Our Democracy

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Its one off day when Modi has turned the attention of the country to the fact that India is dotted with political nepotism as generations after generations are leading the key political parties – Gandhis, Abdullahs, Muftis, Thackerays, Pawars, Yadavs, Reddys, Sangmas, Raos and the likewise. It’s nobody's case that the politics of these dynasties are primarily for social interests.

On one hand where Prime Minister Modi termed the dynastic parties a ‘threat to Indian democracy,’ the Opposition parties led by the Congress had boycotted the event that was held to mark the Constitution Day on 26th November. Before we discuss the key message of the PM, the boycott call is a shame and a show of disrespect towards those who framed the constitution, especially Dr Ambedkar, who delivered the most dynamic vehicle of justice for ‘all the people’ of India in record time.

Its one off day when Modi has turned the attention of the country to the fact that India is dotted with political nepotism as generations after generations are leading the key political parties – Gandhis, Abdullahs, Muftis, Thackerays, Pawars, Yadavs, Reddys, Sangmas, Raos and the likewise. It’s nobody's case that the politics of these dynasties are primarily for social interests.

It’s even disheartening when one looks at the offspring the way they are taking the political bastions of their parents forward. Akhilesh Yadav was a Member of Parliament for nine years before he became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh but he had seldom asked a question in Lok Sabha or participated in a debate. Rahul Gandhi’s state of mind remains in confusion as is visible from his recent attempt to ‘differentiate between Hindutva and Hinduism.’

Congress party remains the center when there is a talk about dynastic politics in India. And why not? Congress’ 37 years of Presidentship has remained with the Nehru-Gandhi family who also held the Prime Ministerial position for the longest in the seven decades of India’s independence. Also, in which democratic country, a political party is under the leadership of just one person for as many as 21 years? Look at Sonia Gandhi and you have the answer.

When everything is so polarized in today’s political spectrum – between left and right – the parties that truly follow their ideologies are just two – the communists and the BJP – that disallow nepotism of any kind and one reaches to the ranks and files on his own efforts. Dynastic politics for decades in the country has delivered private gains over societal gains, undermined rule of law, disregard to socialism, bred absolute poverty, widens social divisions, create mafias, generate black money, jeopardizes national security and disregard the principles of equality which is the first and foremost right guaranteed by Part III (Fundamental Rights).

The Prime Minister has an expectation from the youth. What he implied in his speech is that nepotism should become a matter of 

social shame and glorifying the convicted corrupt should be rejected. He wants a country where one reaches to the top on the basis of sheer merit– like the Modis, the Kejriwals or the Mamatas - to decide the policy of the country.


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