Editorial

Wierd Cong, Wierd leaders, Wierd reactions

Yatindra Bhatnagar

The bold India government decision about the state of Jammu & Kashmir has exposed the main opposition, Congress and its leaders. They didn’t have a valid issue but have resorted to wierd, flimsy, anti-unity and ridiculous reasons for their opposition on a matter of utmost importance for the entire country.

No wonder, the overwhelming majority in India has wholeheartedly supported the Modi government’s move to abrogate Article 370 that ends the special status of Jammu & Kashmir. Now we see the serious division in the Congress party with some of leaders supporting the government decision and a few even resigning from the party.

It’s unfortunate that Congress leaders are putting forward ludicrous arguments against the decision.

See the reaction of Rahul Gandhi who said “This nation is made by its people, not plots of land." 

This ridiculous and anti-nation, vicious remark reminds me to what Rahul’s great grandfather Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India and the blundering politician, had said when China grabbed a vast piece of Indian territory in Ladakh. Said Nehru in Parliament ignoring and minimizing the loss of Mother India’s land: “In those barren land and mountains of Ladakh and Arunachal, not even a blade of grass grows, why Parliament is wasting time.” 

Hearing this a shocked Mahavir Tyagi, former Minister and a Congress leader, took off his white Gandhi cap and pointing to his and even Nehru’s bald head retorted: “Not a blade of hair grows on my head, and yours.” 

China had then grabbed the entire western part of Arunachal Pradesh, which was a part of Assam in 1962. 

Last week, Minister Rijiju (from Arunachal Pradesh), strongly defending the government decision said in Parliament: “The Chinese had reached Assam in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh, and Prime Minister Nehru had stated: ‘my heart goes out to people of Assam”, which amounted to surrendering of our territories to the Chinese.” 

It was shameful; it was painful, as its now hearing what Rahul Gandhi has said. Mother India’s lands are sacred and nobody should disrespect it by saying it’s a plot of land. 

Another Congress leader, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, criticizing the Abrogation of Article 370 said: The BJP government did that because Jammu & Kashmir is a Muslim-majority state. If it was a Hindu-majority state, the Modi government would not have done that. 

Chidambaram sought to inject communal politics into the matter. 

Conversely, does he want to remind people that Special Status for J&K was granted because there was a Muslim majority? Does he mean to say that it would not have been done if there was a Hindu majority there? 

This is the low level to which these Congress leaders unashamedly stoop to. Shame on them! 

[Incidentally, Chidambaram’s son Karti, a Congress MP himself, was arrested last year and is still under investigation into money-laundering. His case has come up before the Supreme Court of India also. The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate are investigating his role in the Aircel-Maxis and INX media cases.] 

Interestingly, Congress party’s young and prominent leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia (son of the late Madhavrao Scindia, a former Minister) and a couple others have welcomed the Kashmir decision saying that it is in the national interest. His grandmother, Maharani Vijaya Raje Scindia, was a staunch Jana Sangh leader, the party that is now the Bharatiya Janata Party. 

One of the other prominent Congress parliamentary leaders, Bhubaneswar Kalita, has resigned from Congress on this issue. He later joined the ruling BJP. 

Even Punjab’s Congress Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, has supported the Kashmir decision. Though he has changed parties earlier, he is now one of the most prominent Congress leaders. His wife, Preneet Kaur was also a Minister in the previous Congress government at the Center. 

First among the senior party leaders to support the decision was Janardan Dwivedi, the Congress veteran and a Gandhi family loyalist. He quoted former socialist stalwart Ram Manohar Lohia to support the government's move on Article 370. Another, younger Congress leader Deepender Hooda, the son of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and considered a member of Team Rahul, tweeted, "My personal view is that there isn't a need to have Article 370 in the 21st century."

"The move is not only in the interest of the country but also for the benefit of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. It is the responsibility of the government to implement the move in a peaceful environment," Deepender Hooda said.

Among the other prominent Congress leaders, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, expressed opposition to the abrogation and criticized the government for “murdering democracy.” It is a joke coming from an unprincipled Kapil Sibal who would criticize one of the top Indian businessman, Anil Ambani, in public, and would plead his cases in the court. Wow! 

What a shame that once the dominant political party is putting up lame excuses to remain relevant, but has not endeared itself to the common people of the country or identified itself with the larger interests and unity of the nation.

8/12/19