The Congress Party spokesman Rashid Alvi’s reported insinuation of the United States propping up Anna Hazare only shows how much the party has become isolated in the Indian public opinion on corruption. This might have been conceived as a good strategy by Indira Gandhi to raise a red herring in the cold war era, to try to disorient the ideological Left but it won’t work in today’s India. Even as Anna Hazare appeared on the horizon, one of the first Indian leaders to hail him was former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan. The CPM’s latest statement on the arrest of Hazare in Delhi has been refreshingly candid and it is in sync with the mood of the people.
Of course, all sorts of forces inevitably get into a popular bandwagon but the cardinal point remains to be that the people are just fed up with the level of public corruption in the country and the government’s prevarication and doublespeak in addressing the problem. Why can’t the Congress Party learn to come terms with this plain truth?
The US indeed has a consistent track record of interfering in other countries’ internal affairs. We don’t have to look far but simply take a look at what is unfolding in Libya or Syria to comprehend that the US interventions violative of the sovereignty of independent sovereign countries is a veritable fact of life. But if anyone had pointed out even 2-3 years back that the Hyde Act that provides the underpinning for the US-India nuclear deal was one such dangerous instrument for US interference with the Indian policies, UPA government would have unhesitatingly called him a die-in-the-wool ‘anti-American’. So, now to turn around and cast a stone at the US is ludicrous.
Has the UPA government (1 and 2) ever raised its voice in these past 7 years and more against continuing US interference in foreign countries? Has it ever criticized the US for its bullying of Iran? On the contrary, it played ball with the US containment strategy toward Iran and allowed the country’s ties with Iran to degrade in the interests of US-India ’strategic partnership’? Therefore, Alvi’s statement stinks to the high heavens as an exercise in political cynicism. It belittles the maturity of the Indian people and it underscores how much Congress is out of touch with the mood of the people.
The entire issue is that the government continues to shove under the carpet the glaring instances of corruption if it somehow has the wherewithal to do so or the public pressure eases. On what account has the the Delhi CM been given such a reprieve by the Congress party? The Congress doesn’t seem to understand that the people know the answer fully well, namely, that the rot has set in deep and from top to bottom of the body polity. Hazare zindabad!
Posted in Politics.
– August 18, 2011