WHY RAHUL MISFITS AGAINST MODI  ?

In 2012, when congress was in power at the centre, the BJP had threatened to boycott functions at Rashtrapati  Bhavan  because its leaders were not seated at the main table with the President ...

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JAG MOHAN THAKEN

The sitting row  issue of congress president  Rahul Gandhi  on republic day celebration of 2018 has shown the  mindset of present Indian Governors. The congress media spokesperson, Randeep Singh surjewala  says, “ The arrogant rulers deliberately seated congress president  Rahul Gandhi in the fourth row, then sixth row, on Republic Day, discarding all convention.”

Before this there had been a convention  that  the congress president Smt. Sonia Gandhi  had been given a seat in the front row.However, Contrary to Rahul Gandhi, the  BJP president Amit Shah  was accorded a berth in the front row. Why so discrimination between the presidents of   two major National Parties  ?  “ I am not bothered about where I am sitting”, -in a statement to NDTV, Rahul Gandhi said. Did the BJP leaders behave in the same manner, had they given the same treatment  ?  NDTV reminds 2012, “ In 2012, when congress was in power at the centre, the BJP had threatened to boycott functions at Rashtrapati  Bhavan  because its leaders were not seated at the main table with the President during an At Home that he hosted.”                           

The great political thinker,Italian diplomat, politician,  historian, philosopher, humanist, and writer of the Renaissance period,  Niccolo  Machiavelli  has  elaborated how a ruler can gain power and keep it in spite of his enemies. In his political guidebook, The Prince (1513 ),  Machiavelli   is not  concerned with what  is morally right, but with what is politically right and effective. Are the present day rulers of our country following the Machiavelli  path ? This question once again has raised the eyebrows of the political thinkers in the present day scenario.

Does Rahul Gandhi  fit into the qualities of a leader  as stated by Machiavelli ? Let us see what  Machiavelli says. To succeed in such a wicked world, Machiavelli says, a prince must be strong as a lion and shrewd as a fox. Following Machiavelli’s theory,the prince (ruler )   might have to trick his enemies and even his own (?) people for the good of the state. He points out that most people think it is praiseworthy in a prince to keep  his word and live with integrity. Machiavelli ‘s arguments equally hold good in the present scenario  that in the real world of power and politics, a prince must sometimes  mislead the people and lie to his opponents. Kala Dhan Ayega, Sabke Khaton Mein 15-15 Lakh Jama honge. Black money will come and every body’s account will be credited with Rs. 15 lacs each.  He adds –For it may be said of men in general that they are ungrateful, voluble, dissemblers, anxious to avoid danger and covetous of gain; as long as you benefit them, they are entirely yours ; they offer you their blood, their goods, their life and their children,when the necessity is remote ; but when it approaches, they revolt. And the prince who has relied solely on their words, without making  preparations, is ruined. Giving a clear cut line,  he writes  that most people are  selfish, fickle and corrupt.The present day ruling politicians are just showing the hay to the public instead of letting them eat. Have they enlightened by the Machiavellian theory  ? But can Rahul Gandhi inculcate these qualities of a prince in his style and nature ? Perhaps not. That is why he misfits against Modi.

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