The following article was written for Niti Central. Pasting it here for reference :)
There was a bizarre article in the op-ed page of The Hindu - "Narendra Modi's Patel test". While it is still difficult to fathom what exactly the article wanted to convey, there are 2 very key takeaway points from that article.
1. Why Congress functions the way it does?
Any Congress Legislature Party meet in the country passes a single line resolution that authorises the "high command" (Sonia Gandhi for the last 15 years) to choose it's leader. And then the "high command" appoints a leader who will then proceed to either become the CM or LoP and just a floor leader. It always baffled many analysts as to why this outdated practice is still carried out. Today's article shows us the foundation of this practice.
The author first rues that "A little reminder from history seems to be in order here because most people remain blissfully unaware of it throughout their lives."
Most people are blisfully unaware because these things are *not* put in our textbooks. We are only taught the viritues of certain leaders; not their shortcomings. And then we get blamed for remaining "blissfully unaware".
The "reminder from history" that the author talks about is this - When the time came to choose the Congress president who will eventually become the Prime Minister, the onus fell on the 15 PCC chiefs. 12 out of the 15 voted for Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The author says no one knows who the other 3 voted for, but they definetely did not vote for Nehru! Common sense would suggest that Sardar Patel would become the Congress President. But for reasons best known to him, Gandhi *desperately* wanted Nehru to lead the Congress and imposed his choice on the party (when clearly the mandate was for Sardar). That Sardar Patel accepted Gandhi's machinations is testimony to the greatness of the man. The "high command" culture of the Congress party began with the machinations of Gandhi to make Nehru the Prime Minister. From that day onwards, barring a very few exceptions - there was a single power command centre for the Congress - The Nehru-Gandhi family. But since both Nehru and Gandhi are supposed to beyond criticism, we should merely accept this turn of events and blame somebody else for the evils our country faces on account of this choice!
2. The bankruptcy of ideas of those who oppose Narendra Modi
This article has blatantly exposed the bankruptcy of ideas the anti-Modi industry faces right now! The article seeks to tell us that should such a situation arise, will Modi step aside for a person that the party chooses. There is a key difference in this hypothetical question - Sardar Patel was chosen by the party but rejected by one individual. In the hypothetical situation that the author discusses, he asks that if the party (not an individual) chooses a leader other than Modi, will Modi oblige? Surely, comparing chalk and cheese comes very easily to left liberal publications!
The amusing arguments that the critics of Modi come up have started to become very boring - with the riot-industry out of job now, they fell back on mal-nutrition. When countered with hard facts; they fell back on "dictatorial attitude". And then they moved on to some imaginary intolerance in taking questions. With nothing succeeding they came up with "is not acceptable to all allies". And with today's analysis of a hypothetical situation just to potray him as a selfish guy longing for power, they have plumbed into further depths.
Sample this conclusion: The problem, however, is that there is no one in the BJP with the moral authority of Gandhiji. This means that if the party has to choose between Mr. Modi and someone else, Mr. Modi will have to show a degree of selflessness not usually seen in politics.
The "moral authority" does not exist in any party - leave alone BJP. And more importantly, any leader will have to fall in line with the party's choice - there is no option here, unlike in the Congress where any leader has to fall in line with the Gandhi's choice.
The last line of the article is supremely baffling - That, truly, will be his real test, the one thing that will truly set him apart, and make him an even bigger and unstoppable force to reckon with the next time around.
What exactly does the author mean by "next time around"? He should give up the post now and make a case for it at a later point of time? And what exactly would change in that period of time? Or is the author setting up a ground to start blaming Modi for making a case while someone else is in power? Truly amazing as to how such formulations are printed in widely circulated newspapers!