O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Like every election, recently concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly election might well go as just another lost cause for Congress. The “lessons to be learnt” based on post-election analysis are only for the media to ponder over. Congress appears to be never really interested in analysing its own short comings in terms of reaching out to people and getting the message across. Given the number of talented MP’s and MLA’s at its disposal, it seems that the Congress party easily attracts lots of youth adherent to secular principles. Yet, they never really exploit the human capital in terms of reaching out to the masses with their ideas of administration. Recently one of the leading Indian News magazines, Outlook, questioned: “The Rahul Problem” - He can't plough a lonely furrow. Where are the party's other young MPs?” ( National \ Opinion : Magazine May 28, 2007, OPINION: The Rahul Problem by Vinod Mehta)

It goes further to state: "What does the Congress have that other parties do not? It owns five, if not more, new-generation MPs who have the potential to connect with the 70 per cent of India aged under 30. If they teamed up under the leadership of Rahul (so that he is the first among equals) and criss-crossed the country carrying the message of modernity and development, the impact would be dramatic. Imagine the effect of Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, Jitin Prasada and Rahul Gandhi on one platform! The party would then hold an extraordinary bunch working collectively instead of Rahul ploughing a lonely furrow".

And that's my point precisely. Why can’t young and upcoming talent travel the length and breadth of the country and get a first-hand feed back on policies of their respective parties? It is also the only way to build bridges between communities, which are strained under the tidal wave of communalism being spread by distructive forces. It is high time that Indian political parties behave like they are a public organisation and not running a family business. The democratic values should be first practised by the parties who preach them. Let all the positions and portfolios both within the Government and party circles be filled by men and women of merit so that people represented by these leaders have a direct influence on India’s growth and prosperity.

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