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|by Ganganand Jha|
“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”
People of India gave mandate to Sonia Gandhi. Sonia faced resistance from opposition parties who were earlier rejected by the people of India. She devised a strategy of least resistance and outsourced premiership to Dr. Manmohan Singh. Her party men agreed to it readily because of what is famously known as TINA (There is no alternative) factor
Sonia’s decision was glorified as sacrifice and not as shirking and manipulating responsibility. Opposition to her acceptance as rightful political leader got blunted. Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharati etc got silenced.
The panicky reaction of the government to their maneuvers was in sharp contrast to the response of the government to the movement led by Jaiprakash Narayan in 1974. The then government did not give recognition to it as a legitimate movement and treated it as a law and order problem. It stood by the supremacy of elected democratic institutions. It did not opt for soft options and shortcut formulae. It appears the present government decided to be cleverer.
Repeated threats by Shree Anna Hazare of resorting to fast is reminiscent of of a story from the Mahabharata.
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06/17/2011 20:48 PM
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