Mamata and Mulayam: The only way to govern

September 20th, 2012

In the good old days when the country was ruled by the Rajas and the Maharajas, one of the prerequisites of a good ruler was to govern with a lot of love and affection and to deal with the subjects in a soft and tender manner. The possession of wealth was of course desired but could not be pronounced in an open court. So two of the most important virtues a good ruler was supposed to possess were – LOVE & AFFECTION (Mamata) and SOFTNESS (Mulayam) and of course WEALTH (Maya) was meant to be secretly pursued.

Ha ha there we are.

Even today it seems no government in India can govern successfully without Mamata and Mulayam. The tumultuous turn of events over the last few days have convinced that the possession of Mamata and Mulayam by the ruling UPA-II is a must if they are to govern successfully and it seems that this conclusion is not going to change in the near future.

In fact, this conclusion is going to be strengthened in the coming few years. Let us see how.

With Mamata virtually out of UPA-II, the ruling coalition has been reduced to a minority and will now be looking at (the second quality) Mulayam. Whether Mulayam obliges or not depends upon what bargain he gets in return. If he has a short memory he may decide to repeat his earlier mistake. But in all probability he will have some sane thought and will definitely not allow him to be used as a stop gap arrangement. Even last time the UPA-I had used him as filler and dumped him at the time of the general elections. And of course the bitter fight between the Congress Scion Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav is too recent to be swept under the carpet. But again as we have learnt, politics is strange and so are the ways of people who practice it. In the likely event of Mulayam declining to come to the rescue of the ruling UPA-II, the last option will be to fall back on Mayawati.

As in the olden days, even today the ruling party would like to pursue this secretly and off course this combination without Mulayam or Mamata may not survive long. With the support of Maya alone a ruler can not rule for long – so said the ancient rulers – how true!!

Let us now analyse the possible scenario in the event of a mid term polls. Even here we will realise that Mamata and Mulayam continue to remain the support pillars of the next government irrespective of which party emerges as the single largest and stakes it claim on 7 Race Course Road. According to the Opinion Poll / Survey conducted by a leading TV Channel a few days back, the Samajwadi party and the Trinamool Congress are likely to increase their Lok Sabha tally in the event of a mid term. Even if we assume that surveys may not turn out to be true we should not forget that both these parties are ruling the states which together constitute around 20% of the strength of the Lok Sabha and surely can not be taken lightly.

So we are again back to where we started. No ruling party in India can ignore to have Mamata and Mulayam on its side if it wants to govern successfully.  Oh what about Maya – well UPA-II has taught us that maya can be pursued without Mayawati.

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Lakshman Rekha: the real definition

September 17th, 2012

Mamata Banerjees’ recent warning to the Congress party not to cross the Lakshman Rekha prompted me to do some research on the imaginary line so often used in our vocabulary. A summary of my research findings is given below.

Lakshman Rekha is a line drawn by Lakshmana around the dwelling he shares with his brother Rama and Rama’s wife Sita at Panchavati in the forest of Dandakaranya while he is away searching for Rama. Anybody other than Rama, Sita and himself attempting to cross the line would be singed by flames erupting from the line. Once Lakshmana leaves in search of Rama, king Ravana comes in the form of a mendicant and asks Sita for alms. Not expecting a trick, she unsuspectingly crosses the Lakshman Rekha to provide alms to him and Ravana kidnaps her. Thereafter starts the real macho story of Rama and his heroic deeds which culminate in the destruction of evil (read Ravana) and also signal the victory of truth and morality. Ram becomes the hero and the ideal man who is the saviour of all.

After going through the above, I felt that Ram must have thanked Sita (of course secretly) for breaching the Lakshman Rekha and allowing him the opportunity to show off his valor and qualities of leadership.

Cut Ramayan and come to 2012 India.

Any similarities? Hardly!!

And even if we assume there are some similarities and the Congress party is crossing the Lakshman Rekha by taking unilateral decisions on the economic issues, what are the consequences Mamata Banerjee is talking off. Off course the only one thing she can do is to withdraw support which may force mid term elections. The UPA – II government is bloody corrupt and the number of scams under its reign are unprecedented. Going by some of the scam reports (may read CAG) the exchequer has lost Lakhs of crores of Rupees and the public is being fed regularly with trailers of what is more to come. The last few years have been marked by absolute corruption and total lack of governance. All these are being reflected in the day to day miseries of the common man. Infact so much is the despondency of the common man that the current PM – once a hero of the common man is fast emerging as a national shame.

In these tragic circumstances, it is quite clear that the UPA – II under the leadership of the Congress Party has already breached the Lakshman Rekha of good governance and financial propriety long time back.

By ignoring the earlier actions (corruption / scams etc.) and terming the current actions (economic reforms) as a breach of the Lakshman Rekha, the political parties (especially the TMC) are allowing the (now struggling) Congress party a fresh lease of life. The allies who wish to bring down the UPA – II on this breach of the imaginary line should not forget the fate of the Left Front (which had withdrawn support on the Nuke deal) during the 2009 elections.

The Left Front had mistakenly thought that by signing the nuke deal with USA, the UPA – I had crossed the Lakshman Rekha, and deserved to be pulled down. The public thought otherwise and the 2009 election results reflected that in clear and unambiguous times. Similarly this time too, a large section of the Indian public may feel that the current decisions are in the national interest and may deal similarly with the allies who wish to force early elections.

But nobody will ever forgive the UPA – II (specially the Congress) for the corruption scandals wherein the people feel that the real Lakshman Reka has been crossed and the ruling coalition deserves to be singed in the flames which erupt thereafter.
Let the people decide what the real Lakshman Rekha is and who is breaching it and what should be the consequences.

Do not use faulty definitions and allow the Congress party to deflect the mind of the people from the breach of the actual Lakshman Rekha.

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