Recently, I read a piece in the BJP paper Organizer which stated that the Congress party fostered dynastic politics. This is certainly amusing as one cannot understand what dynastic politics is.
It should not be forgotten that only dynasties have ruled nations. Look at the house of Windsor that has been the head of England from 1066 when William the conqueror landed in England. The Tsars who ruled Russia and the Gupta and Maurya dynasty followed by the Moghul dynasty were all rulers of India. They were all dynasties and history records that some of the dynasties ruled for centuries.
The problemis not of dynasties but of competence and that is what must matter. Let us examine one of two brothers who were scions of the Nehru house hold and whether this man did any good for the nation. The man I am referring is Sanjay gandhi, the younger son of Ms Indira Gandhi.
Sanjay Gandhi was a man accused of being an extra constitutional authority by his opponents. He was the younger son of Indira Gandhi and was a dynamic man. Perhaps that is what unnerved the opposition. He was the first man who realized the problem of India was population growth. The Indians at the
Accordingly he set about enforcing policies that would help restrict the population. He directed all state governments in his capacity of the Congress General Secretary to follow family planning targets and even in Muslim strong holds he enforced sterilization and vasectomy. If Sanjay Gandhi was an extra-constitutional authority it was a good thing, as he had the nerve of India in his grasp. Unfortunately he died in an air crash in 1981 and after him the urgency of enforcing population control went a begging. Can we not give him credit for that brief period when the Indian population balloon was punctured? Look at China, they have taken a leaf out of Sanjay’s book and enforcing population control on the highest priority.
Sanjay was a visionary and if he had survived the history of India would have been different. He died young in an air crash at Safdarjung airport, New Delhi.