Is Jeevan Ka Yahi Hai Rangroop ! ( This is the color of life ! )
Part of India Series
उम्र-ए-दराज़ मांग कर लाए थे चार दिन,
दो आरज़ू में कट गए दो इंतज़ार में।
Umr-e-daraaz maang kar laye the chaar din,
Do aarzu mein kat gaye do intezaar mein.
(Having asked for long life,I brought back four days,
Two passed in yearning and two in waiting I spend.)
Bahadur Shah Zafar's couplet aptly fits on Lal Krishan Advani the senior most leader of ruling party ( Bhartiya Janata Party ) of India who extended his political carrier in this elections in hope of some miracle that he would become PM of India but on the contrary he remained the only person to be regarded as a PM in waiting in Indian political sphere.
He was in the party since its formation as Jana Sangh in 1951 along with former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He played a significant role in its formation as Bhartiya Janata Party in 1980 and was among the founder members.He remained a stalwart leader until the emergence of Narender Modi who reduced him to a mere spectator in the party.
His political life is an example of how life changes its color. Once a deputy PM and a nominated candidate for PM post is now dropped from decision making parliamentary board of the party and is shifted to the newly formed Margdarshak Mandal ( Guidance Board ) along with Murli Manohar Joshi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee , Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Narender Modi with inclusion of current top leadership in this group its evident that senior leader would hardly get any work to do.
The party which always criticized Congress for its treatment of senior members have sent their most senior and popular leaders to a dormant board whose function is still not clear, that too just by releasing a press note. From last one year when Narender Modi became the PM candidate for BJP , L.K.Advani's place in the party is challenged. His U-turn from the resignation from all party posts in 2013 has dented his more image in public and media. I don't know why he fought under Modi's leadership when it was decided that Modi was a PM candidate and no 75+ MP would get a place in the cabinet? He might have thought that party would consider him to negotiate with other parties for support if BJP wouldn't get majority but the historical mandate put water on his desires and dragged him further down in the party.
There is downfall of every sun, closure of each chapter, change of each season, new for every old. He became the part of that series. Other senior party members who were loyalist of Narender Modi are promoted as governors of various states while He and Joshi remained hopeful for some better retirement policy considering their party as a traditional one where elders are respected. It is like sending elders to old age homes after transferring property to their names. But I also think that he was somewhere or the other was aware of such treatment being sidelined by RSS and party for about a year.
When he was the face of hardliner Hindutva policy he was hailed by party and Sangh and when he started transforming into a much appealing national leader he was marginalized. He remained a vital element of Indian politics throughout his career whether in good or in bad. I have prepared this video with a song in Kishore Kumar's voice from the movie Piya Ka Ghar below for him and hope that he understand that such things are part and parcel of a politician , Ye jivan hai is jivan ka yahi hai rangroop ! ( This is life and such is the color of this life.)
Interesting analysis. A younger India needs younger leaders...I suppose that's the new thinking these days in politics. Can't say for sure, but it seems to have some resonance with me. Thanks for this post.ReplyDelete
An in-dept analysis for sure...We need young blood, atleast that's what I feel...ReplyDelete