I saw a very lively and informed debate yesterday on CNN -IBN. See a related article by the host of the show, Sagarika Ghosh. On panel were Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Rama Chandra Guha. The topic of discussion was Mr. Jaswant Singh’s book on Jinnah and the Gujrat’s government order of banning the same. While it was apparent that neither of the two politician had actually taken out the time to go through the book, they were merely intent to kowtow to their respective party agenda. Guha on the other hand was in a belligerent mood. Like the great batsmen of his books on cricket, he was smashing all arguments put forward by Singhvi and Prasad. It was really hard to believe that Singhvi is a respected lawyer as well such was the force of Guha’s arguments.
On the same note, some days back Shashi Tharoor had also tweeted that all sorts of thoughts are encouraged in Congress. He forgot to mention that in none of these thoughts anybody dares to criticize the Nehru-Gandhi family. The man who actually resurrected Congress, a certain Mr P.V. Narasimha Rao, is no longer talked about only because
- He did not belong to the “Family”
- Sonia Gandhi was not powerful at that time and Narasimha Rao was not averse to becoming the center of power in Congress.
As for BJP, right now, its a sinking ship. Clueless after losing the by-elections, state elections and now finally the general elections, they have no where to hide. Right now they simply have to follow RSS. It was not about Anti-Patel that has triggered this, rather it is pro-Jinnah stand that they must oppose. For anti-Jinnah, anti-Pakistan, anti-Muslim and Hindutva is somehow related in their twisted and warped thinking.
So as Sagarika Ghosh summed it up, every body is trying to be more loyal than the king.