Where is the Congress’ Guts Hiding Now?

This is my translation of Pratap Simha’s Kannada Prabha piece on 10 August 2013. Comments and criticism welcome as always.

Does this nation really have a person called the Prime Minister?

Aren’t you bitten by this suspicion? If we really had a Prime Minister, wouldn’t he have at least made some noise in the wake of Pakistan’s barbaric killing of five our soldiers? Would he remain silent instead of delivering a statement equivalent of a tight slap, instead of teaching it an unforgettable lesson? And why has the Prime Minister not opened his mouth even after more than four days have elapsed? On 8 January 2013, this same Prime Minister remained silent in just the same manner as now when Pakistanis brutally killed two of our soliders on the J&K border: they sent just the headless body of one after beheading him and sent a mass of bones and flesh of the other. How does one call such a man who occupies the highest position in the land as a Prime Minister? Be honest: is Manmohan Singh really behaving like a Prime Minister should? Isn’t his basic human compassion moved even one bit even as our soldiers are being butchered? Doesn’t the feeling of righteous anger ever move him to action? What place will this man get in history?

  • Nehru showed that a rich man can become the Prime Minister
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri showed showed that even a poor man can become the Prime Minister
  • Indira Gandhi showed that a woman can become the Prime Minister
  • Morarji Desai showed that even a grandfatherly person can become the Prime Minister
  • Rajiv Gandhi showed that a youth can become the Prime Minister
  • Narasimha Rao showed that a South Indian can become the Prime Minister
  • Deve Gowda showed that anybody could become the Prime Minister

But….

The Oxford-educated economics academician Dr. Manmohan Singh proved that it is perfectly okay for the country to not have a Prime Minister at all. And no, this is not a joke. Have you felt that this nation has a Prime Minister in these 10 years, especially after the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai? What is the kind of people who currently hold the reins of power today? When the entire Opposition has unanimously announced their support for the Government to take stringent action against Pakistan, what seems to bother the Government? It’s been eight months since our soldier was beheaded but the Government hasn’t punished Pakistan yet. Forget punishment. In the wake of that barbaric murder, our Goverment invited the then Interior Minister of Pakistan Rehman Malik for “talks,” and fed him Hyderabadi Biryani. In return, he spat on our face. This is the character of the people ruling us. How do we even expect them to avenge the death of our five soldiers?

There’s no evil the Congressmen haven’t committed, and after each evil, they’ve used the “honest” mask called Manmohan Singh as a cover. And now, with the latest skulduggery with Pakistan, they’ve tried to unleash yet another “honest” mask in the form of AK Antony. There’s certainly no doubt that AK Antony is a clean politician. However, how has the country benefitted from his honesty? Check out his response to the murder of our five soldiers: “the Pakistani army had no role in these killings.” What exactly is wrong with Antony? Forget Indians, Pakistan itself doesn’t believe his statement! Even assuming it’s true that heavily armed terrorists dressed in Pakistani army uniform attacked and killed our soldiers, could they get anywhere near the border without the covert or overt support of the Pakistani army? The diseased mentality of the Pak army establishment has all but destroyed democracy in Pakistan. What is the level of intellectual bankruptcy of our own political leadership which seems to be compelled to issue a certificate of merit to such an army establishment? And how can we term someone, who’s unable to pinch the ill-informed Antony’s ears or to ask him to step down, as the Prime Minister?

Today, Manmohan jokes are floating around in every remote village in India. The mobile phone’s Silent mode has been replaced with “Manmohan Singh” mode. This kind of cynicism has reached dangerous levels. Who is responsible for this? Who needs to take the blame? This Prime Minister kept his lips zipped up even when the gargantuan 1.86 Lakh crore coal scam happened under his watch. Oh wait! He did. Here’s what he said after being severely, relentlessly castigated: “Hazaaron Jawabon Se Acchi Hai Meri Khamoshi, Na Jaane Kitne Sawaalon Ki Aabru Rakhe.” In other words, “my silence is better than a thousand replies.”  But say a wrong word about Sonia, and see how he erupts in anger! Is this man the nation’s Prime Minister or is the mask of Sonia Gandhi? Like how Jayalalithaa put Pannerselvam on the CM’s throne before going to jail, it appears that Sonia too has merely placed him on the PM’s chair. Here’s the response time of this Prime Minister in the wake of each major issue:

  • 2G scam: after 16 months
  • CWG scam: 1 year
  • Lokpal Bill: 6 months
  • FDI in Retail: 82 days
  • Delhi gang rape: 8 days

Even if we agree that silence is sometimes the best response, Manmohan Singh could’ve at least shown his intent in action. What action has his Government taken against the gruesome beheading of our jawan in January this year? How has his Government avenged the 26/11 Mumbai attack? What kind of a morass has this nation been pushed to! Instead of pecking the incursion-loving Chinese–who nonchalantly walked 19 Kms deep into our territory–to death, our leaders rush to cringe shamelessly before them: are these scaredy-rats even leaders? Have we become so bereft of courage that we can’t deliver a tight lashing to what has become a Fakir-stan, the land of beggars?

Besides, why do we even need friendship with Pakistan? Whom does the Government want to please or appease with various announcements and meetings and talks about building a friendly bridge with Pakistan? Despite having such a powerful foe as its neighbour, hasn’t Cuba successfully cocked a snook at the US? What about Taiwan, which has steadily refused to bow down to the threat of the bully named China? And what about South Korea which has emerged as a powerful economy despite having the murder-hungry North Korea as its twin? Why are our pathetic leaders so enamoured of Pakistan? How difficult is it for our leaders to sever all ties with Pakistan, close and strengthen our borders and suppress the traitors within? It could be Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Manmohan Singh. The moment they hear the name of Pakistan, they begin to behave like something has possessed them. Recall the backstabbing in Kargil fresh after the Lahore bus nonsense. And Musharaff, the architect of Kargil was invited to Agra in 2001 and roundly pampered! And what did we get in return? The Parliament attack on 13 December. It took that to shatter Vajpayee’s illusion. At least Vajpayee had the guts to declare “aar ya paar ki ladaai” and mobilized our troops along the border. Look at Manmohan Singh: he didn’t even as much as gently poke Pakistan after the dastardly 26/11 Mumbai attack which killed 180 people. His bravado began and ended at sending out a list of the perpetrators of the attack. Aren’t we ashamed to call such people our rulers? Whatever criticism one may level against George W Bush, he declared war against faraway Afghanistan within a month of the September 11 attacks and uprooted the Taliban. Our eunuch-like leaders don’t have the guts even to order a small missile attack against the various terror camps operating in Pak Occupied Kashmir. They’re content to make more and more appeals to Pakistan. What’s the point in making appeals–please rein in your trigger-happy insurgents–instead of first strengthening our own defences? We don’t need any sort of relationship with a double-dealing criminal nation like Pakistan which has openly entrusted the modernization of the Gwadar port and building of roads in POK to India’s sworn enemy, China. When will this Mauni Baba–the Silent Saint–understand the commonsense reality that an eye for an eye is the best option? The Mumbai attack happened in 2008. The very next year, in July 2009, this Mauni Baba submitted the list of the terror-perpetrators at the summit in Sharm el Sheik. Did he take any action? Forget action! He announced that this was a good time to kickstart the peace process with Pakistan! But what else can you expect from this man? Think about it:  if we did have an effective Prime Minister, wouldn’t he respond forcefully at the killing of five Indian soldiers?

And it’s not just the Prime Minister. What about the mentality of our other leaders?

In June 2013, 22 Congress leaders and party workers were killed in a well-planned and horrible ambush by the Maoists in Chattisgarh. Effectively, almost the entire Congress leadership in Chattisgarh was wiped out. Here’s how Sonia Gandhi threatened Chief Minister Raman Singh when she rushed immediately to the spot: “If I make up my mind, I can dismiss your Government in a minute!” Where is this courageous woman hiding now? Does she lack the guts to issue a similar threat to Pakistan? And then we have the shameless Nitish Kumar who declared that the terrorist-associate Ishrat Jahan was “Bihar’s daughter” merely because her grandmother hailed from Bihar! Isn’t this hypocrite still aware that four of the five soldiers who were killed in Poonch were Biharis? When Home Minister Sushil Shinde arrived in Patna, Nitish Kumar personally went to the airport to receive him. However, when the bodies of the four Bihari martyrs arrived back home, Nitish didn’t show even the basic courtesy and humanity to receive them and utter a few words of comfort and compassion. Aren’t these martyrs the sons of Bihar? Is only Ishrat Jahan—born and raised in Mumbai—the daughter of Bihar? In the interim, Nitish’s close confidant and cabinet member, Bhim Singh declared thus: “people join the police and the armed forces only to die.” Instead of dismissing this heartless minister immediately, Nitish continues to retain him. What exactly does Nitish Kumar eat? And it isn’t just Nitish. Even the J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah didn’t show the courtesy to receive the bodies of these five martyrs—even when they were killed in Poonch which happens to be located in Omar’s own state. What sort of progress will occur in a country which doesn’t show respect to its patriots and soldiers and martyrs? And where exactly is Rahul Gandhi who was celebrating his birthday in Spain even as thousands of people were dying in the Uttarakhand floods? And why is the ultra-shameless Digvijay Singh unable to muster anything from his filthy mouth now? The same Digvijay Singh who visited Azamgarh to console the family of the terrorists who died in the Batla House encounter?

US President Barack Obama has cut all conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin merely because Russia gave asylum to Edward Snowden. And here, our Prime Minister is not even willing to say that he won’t speak to Nawaz Sharif during the upcoming convention of the United Nations!

See the sort of people ruling us?

Remember how in 2007 this same Manmohan Singh claimed that he couldn’t sleep at night because he was pained at the plight of the family members of Dr. Mohammad Hanif who was apprehended by Australia on charges of terrorism? Can’t he see the plight of the family members of the five slain martyrs? Doesn’t their sorry plight disturb his sleep? Or is this Mauni Baba—who continues to zip up his lips even seven days after their martyrdom—still busy, engrossed in deep sleep?

Shame!

21 comments for “Where is the Congress’ Guts Hiding Now?

  1. Kumar Ramalingam
    October 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Truly reflected the feelings of an Aam Aadhmi.. Sorry did not mean the party though :) I can only shed a drop of tear or two for the soldiers’ family from here. I hope you write a separate article exposing Buddhu’s philosopher/guide D*gVsingh.

  2. Rangaswamy
    September 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Mr Moun Moun singh Will never wake up until and unless his family members face the situation like what our brave soldiers has faced… wake up all youth no more UPA… select the candidate who thinks bout the country and people, not about themselves, power and money….

  3. vinay
    September 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Very nice article.. very much tell the real story of current politics.. very good narrated to Digvijay Singh : “ultra-shameless Digvijay Singh”

    • jairaj
      September 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      I really feel Mr Sandeep said it in a manner about our PM and the UPA Govt which no one could surpass.The follies committed by the ruling party and the silence of our PM goes only to show that we people of INDIA have no back bone ie: those who still back the ruling party and vote for them.If the UPA comes back to power even GOD cannot save INDIA.

  4. August 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Sandeep sir hats off to you for writing such thought provoking with factual inputs. Even the paid media had pt up some facts which people like can decipher. I am trying to educate people about their voting rights and about the dynasty rule. But since I say against the Dynasty, they feel that I am BJP person. But reading such articles like yours gives me tremendous boost to continue my small help to this beloved country of mine. Thnx for the inspiration

  5. jk
    August 18, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Congress has got Core Voters irrespective of there performance they will go out and vote for congress, while BJP as such don’t have any such voters, so there dependency is purely on Middle Class’s intellectual.

    Now BJP did nothing for those who brought them to power when they came to Center, so in 2004 and 2009 same voters refrained from voting.

  6. Anuk
    August 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Dear Sandeep,

    Not everybody in this country is feeling the same pain as the patriots in this forum. Even today, there are big chunk of the country switch sides for the sake of Rupee/Biryani/Liquor (RBL). All so-called sickular politicians know that if they can garner minority votes, good percentage of votes from the majority can be bought with RBL. Hence, they are able to do whatever they can & our prostitute MSM comes to the rescue always.

    BJP in the parliament has miserably failed to attack CONgress & their sickular gang. E.g. Even for FSB, hadn’t NaMo’s intervention by writing letter to PM, BJP would have passed FSB.

    Please propose the solutions to carry the message of NaMo to nook & corner of the country, so that NaMo led NDA gets 300+ seats,

  7. hari
    August 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    This is hypocrite said by SHAMELESS NITISH KUMAR about Ishrat Jahan, who declared terrorist-associate ,was “Bihar’s daughter” ,merely because her grandmother hailed from Bihar!

  8. August 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I. K. Gujral was by no means an insignificant Prime Minister, at least from Pakistan’s point of view. The credit (or ignominy) of neutering the Research & Analysis Wing’s counter-terrorism capabilities against Pakistan goes to Gujral.

    After all, this is quintessentially Indian behavior – Present the most benevolent face to the outside world, while perpetrating the worst excesses at home!

  9. Vijai G
    August 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Lot of true statements Pratap, There is no pointing in crying over spilled milk again and again, we/voter should be blamed first.. Can we discuss more practice/logical solutions for the big change…!!! the biggest problem i see, the voters are bribed by the leaders during the election, in a sense voter surrounding/locking for 5 years to the leaders…. any logical approach to avoid this root cause problem ??? [Its obvious that if u invest Rs.100, you expect Rs. 110 in election leaders invest in crores and they expect crores and it goes on ]

  10. jairaj
    August 14, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I am really surprised that my comment is waiting for moderation are we not living in a democratic india where we have a freedom of speech if i am not able to voice my opinion why do you ask me to leave a comment, please reply.

  11. jairaj
    August 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I have read so many forwards about or Politicians and their corruptions, it only pains my heart to see that our people the citizens of INDIA go forward and elect the same people to power again and again.My only wish is that we stop posting our comments on the net for the few who are blessed with owining a means to read it and do something that will safe guard our children’s future..India was a great country let us aspire that it will be once again the same,We were ruled by the british, portugese,french, and now by a Italian. .Is this the end or will it continue.

  12. August 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    very sad state of affairs of our country under Congress rule.The recent incidents like T state separation, Vadera affair., Durga Shakti Nagpal , Khemka affair, and abovr all affairs of Mr Jagan eddy of AP which has slowed down strategically so as to have tie with him in the coming election besides their friend ship with Mrs Mayavathi and Maluyan singh. i having telling effect on the party( I am a follower of Mrs Indira Gandhi)

  13. Shambu Nashipudi
    August 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Hey, we missed I K Gujral from the list of ‘eminent’ PM’s or was it intentional … The PM so insignificant, that he doesn’t even deserve to be in the list.

  14. August 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    It is the misfortune of this country.
    In retrospect,Wasnt MMS expected to do exactly what he has been doing last nine years.?Wasnt someone else expected to have back seat driving?.In my opinion,we,the people are equally to be blamed.When in last nine years have we raised our voice?Why do we have defective vocal chords?Since we have been quiet,they are having a field day.
    I sincerely hope,India will see a change for better soon.

  15. August 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Silent Mode is not only for Manamohan singh….its applicable to all UPA people…well said by Prathap sir.

  16. VirtualPresence
    August 13, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    The curse of a democracy is that at some point it ends up being led by the least of men. The effect being, the ones who din’t vote for these asshats have to bear these atrocities. I fear the 2014 elections might end up the same way. Good people don’t deserve this right? :/

  17. shobhaa bhat
    August 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    The ugly face of votebank politics and corruption will leave India nowhere. People who voted them to power deserve it.

  18. August 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    @Tejpal,

    You are insulting Ardha Naareeshwara. Concept of Ardha Naareeshwara has profound spiritual and philosophical meaning. It shows that Purusha(Shiva), Prakriti(Parvati) are inseparable.

    b.t.w there is lot more to Sri PVNR than being corrupt. Nehru, Indira were corrupt too. But PVNR did not act against Indian interests .He is the father of economic reforms for which the paid media credits MMS. He told Vajpaye to continue with nuclear program, so he was a better PM than Dynasty.

    Your post is reductionist.

  19. bhavana srinivasan
    August 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    sooper sir ..

    ultra shameless diggy bhai .. :P

  20. Tejpal
    August 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Sandeep, please permit me a little amendment here:

    “•Nehru showed that a (rich man) Anglicised womaniser can become the Prime Minister

    •Lal Bahadur Shastri showed …that even a (poor) ‘patriotic’ man can become the Prime Minister

    •Indira Gandhi showed that a (woman) arrogant whore can become the Prime Minister

    •Morarji Desai showed that even a (grandfatherly) ambitious person can become the Prime Minister

    •Rajiv Gandhi showed that a (youth) dynasty puppet can become the Prime Minister

    •Narasimha Rao showed that a (South Indian) ‘elite but corrupt’ can become the Prime Minister

    •Deve Gowda showed that (anybody) idiot bigot could become the Prime Minister

    But….

    Moun Moun Sin(gh) showed that even an “Ardha Naareeshwar” can be PM…

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