Delhi election result has given smile to so many faces. It has been seen by many as the victory of developmental politics over politics of hatred. However, while there is much to ravel about, a decades-old party has been decimated to a number mere zero seat. The party which has ruled India for decades and Delhi for 15 years in the recent passed would vanish this way, is unexpected. A mere seat would have been aptly compensatory. However, given the milieu in the country, it did not come as a jolt to many political analysts. More or less, many political analysts have predicted zero to two seats for Congress in the Delhi election.
In the recent past, several friends called me and talked about the upsurge of Hindutva in the country. Many of them believed that common people were gradually turning towards Hindutva ideology and it would no more be possible to reclaim the democratic culture of yore. But, I have silently kept my faith in India- an India where diversity is celebrated, dissent respected and brotherhood among religious groups cherished wholeheartedly. Delhi’s election has proved this point. Delhiites have not voted on religious lines but for secularism, inclusivity, democracy, and diversity. But, then why Congress failed to attract votes despite cherishing these values?
This question reminds me of Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest (Herbert Spencer first coined the term). According to this theory, if an organism cannot evolve and adapt to emerging circumstances, then it is bound to decay. The same happened with a dinosaur. Despite being one of the biggest animals, it went extinct due to its inability to adapt to new situations. While an insect-like cockroach survived epochs owing to its adaptability.
Congress has turned outdated because of its attitude. There is no dearth of talent in the Indian National Congress. Some really eloquent speakers, educated and hardworking people still adorn the party. However, given the present leadership, she does not inspire confidence. Although Rahul Gandhi is looked at as a young leader, his youthful zest lacks luster. He is seen more as a person of aristocratic birth rather than a self-made man, the story that would have inspired the millennial lot. While on one hand, there is Modi who represents hard work, intelligence, eloquence, and decisiveness; Rahul, on the other hand, lacks the luster of eloquence, vibrancy, hard work and pragmatism. He appears more to be a reluctant politician.
One can see the contrast when pitted against Kejriwal. Kejriwal’s story is somewhat representative of the millennial. He can be connected with. A graduate from IIT and a successful bureaucrat Kejriwal went on to resign from his job for the sake of the country. It is there Modi’s real popularity is testes; Hindutva’s real credibility is tested.
What does the Congress need to do to revive herself? Nothing comes for free. Everything needs a cost. When a system does not work properly, there is a need to bring overhauling change into the system. Congress’ biggest obstacle is its dilapidated system run by a coterie of sycophants, although educated sycophants. The first thing to do is to hold an internal election which will infuse fresh blood. An internal election would rivet the attention of the whole world to the party. When Theresa May resigned, British Conservative Party was in a state of devastation. Nobody could ever think that the party would be able to rise so quickly. However, rounds of internal election not only riveted media attention but also infused fresh blood in the party. If the Congress Party does so, a new president will get elected. It is natural that the elected president whether from Gandhi’s family or not, would get legitimacy and command respect among common workers as he would be elected because of his merit.
BY Mr. Mokhjumi Ahmed