When I was a kid, my parents greatest desire in life (like every other Indian parent) was to push me to do better and better in school.
Me : But Mom, I already studied so much. Why study more?
Mom: You have to son, otherwise you will amount to nothing in life.
Me: But Mom, those friends of mine are having fun right now. Why not me?
Mom: They are destroying their future. Either their parents are already rich and they don’t need to work. Or they will grow up to be street thugs. You don’t worry about them and study hard.
Most Indian kids have been part of some version of this conversation. Study hard and don’t worry about those jocks who are ruining their lives. Don’t get in with the wrong crowd of friends. They will destroy your life.
Right now, that is exactly what is happening to the Indian National Congress.
Post its disastrous 2014 defeat, the depressed Congress has found itself in the wrong company. Now I may not be a Congress supporter, but I do realize that the Congress is the most successful party in Indian history. It has won more elections than anyone can even count. They are still the main opposition in several states. And they still have what it takes to revive themselves.
Except, they are in the wrong company.
I am talking about the newfound friends of the Congress like Kanhaiyya Kumar and Shehla Rashid and the entire far left gang of nutcases.
Remember the kids mom warned me about? The kids who have no future? In the political context, that is what the far left is today. The participation of left parties in electoral politics is only ornamental. The Kanhaiyas and Arundhatis of the world are the most unpopular people in the entire country. They’ll never win an election. In fact, the likes of Medha Patkar and Aruna Roy will actively repel votes.
But the Congress under Rahul Gandhi is hanging out with this wrong crowd. And it is picking up their ways. Unlike the Left, the Congress is a real political force. But it is ruining its prospects by picking up the ways of the Left parties who have no stake in politics.
Just like the jocks who smoked and drank in school, the Left throws beef parties. The Left can afford to throw beef parties because it does not need to care about public opinion. They wouldn’t win elections anyway.
The Congress fell in with this crowd. And just like smoking and drinking in school, it felt cool at first. When Rahul baba shared the stage with those who raise slogans of Bharat ke tukde and Bharat ki barbadi, it was a high for him. The far left intellectuals from the crevices of academia applauded him. The journalists with arts degrees from Stephens’ and Jamia Milia applauded him. It felt awesome.
Then the Congress went ahead and weakened India’s position after surgical strikes on Pakistan. Again, the intellectuals were delighted.
And now it came to this. The Youth Congress carries tortures and kills a cow in broad daylight.
This had to happen. The downward spiral began with JNU. It has come to its logical conclusion.
Oh Congress what have you done!
A simple comparison of the coverage on English news channels vs Hindi news channels should bring the point home.
The weight of the crime cannot even be expressed in English. It makes sense only in an Indian language.
Do you know what the words “Gau hatya” mean to hundreds of millions of Hindus who don’t live in Lutyens Delhi?
But the Congress fell for the lies of its far left intellectual friends. They convinced themselves that the cow is sacred to only a handful of Brahmin males living in the Hindi heartland. They were convinced that most Hindus out there are all either eating beef or craving it : Dalits, tribals, OBCs, Bengalis, Tamils, Keralites, Kanadigas, etc…
The Congress came to believe this because it had made too many friends at Lutyens and too few workers at the grassroots. This entire ecosystem had been carved out by the Congress itself for its own benefit, but it is now the ecosystem that is choking the Congress.
I had made this point before when 8 SIMI activists were shot by Madhya Pradesh Police. Then also the Congress erred because it listened to the chorus of its flatterers. Simply put, no one out there gives a damn for the lives of SIMI terrorists. People want these terrorists to be eliminated one way or the other. And similarly, the vast majority of Indians does not give a damn about the well being of stone pelters. If an Army major ties one of these lowlife scum to a jeep, the country will back the major, not the stone pelter.
But behind those far left glasses, the Congress cannot see the masses. Bharat ki barbaadi, questioning surgical strikes, standing with stone pelters and now Gau hatya! The road from 44 to 4 seems clear.