All for the greater glory of Nehru, Indira and Rajiv!


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16 Sep 2012

 
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In a planned and systematic effort to gain unfair advantage over other political parties, the Congress has named all major Government programmes, projects and institutions in the country after three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family — Rajiv Gandhi, Mrs Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru — who are its icons, and disturbed the level playing field in the electoral arena.

Over the last 18 years, on a rough estimate about 450 Union and State Government programmes, projects and national and State level institutions involving public expenditure of hundreds of thousands of crores of rupees have been named after these three individuals.

While it is the prerogative of a Government to name an institution after a person whom it considers to be a national or State leader, Government programmes which have been initiated to ameliorate the lives of millions of citizens (like drinking water, housing and employment guarantee schemes and old age pensions) fall into an entirely different category. If the nomenclature of these programmes is not politically neutral, the sanctity of the democratic system would be in jeopardy.

Among the big ticket programmes that have been cleverly named after members of this family by the Union Government to extract unjust electoral mileage is the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (rural electrification programme), which involved an outgo of Rs 28,000 crore during the Eleventh Plan period. The drinking water mission, with an allocation of Rs 21,000 crore over three years is also named after him and is called the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission.

Other schemes, touching millions of people, which bear his name are the Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme for Children of Working Mothers; the Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (to promote small enterprises); the Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojana and the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana (both insurance schemes).

Likewise, there are many mega programmes named after Mrs Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru by the Centre. For example, there is Indira Awas Yojana. Also named after her is the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme. Programmes named after Jawaharlal Nehru over the last two decades are the Jahawarlal Nehru Rozgar Yojana and the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission. The Rozgar Yojana, which later metamorphosed into Jawaharlal Gram Samruddi Yojana, was meant to provide employment to millions of unemployed citizens.

Similar Trend in States

This trend is even more apparent in the States, which have vied with each other to name programmes and schemes after these three members of the Nehru-Gandhi Family whenever the Congress was in power.

Here is a sample: Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme, Pondicherry; Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojana, Delhi; Rajiv Arogyasri Health Insurance scheme, Andhra Pradesh; Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Mission, Assam; Rajiv Gandhi Bridges and Roads Infrastructure Development Programme, Haryana; Rajiv Gandhi Vidyarthi Suraksha Yojana, Maharashtra; Rajiv Gandhi Tourism Development Mission, Rajasthan; Indira Kranthi Patham Scheme and Indira Jeevitha Bima Pathakam, Andhra Pradesh; Indira Gandhi Niradhar Yojana and Indira Gandhi Landless Agriculture Labour Scheme, Maharashtra; Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Vivah Shagun Yojana, Haryana; Indira Gandhi Calf-Rearing Scheme, Andhra Pradesh.

A perusal of these programmes and schemes shows a systematic attempt by the Congress to name every Government programme concerning every citizen – man ,woman, child; every possible circumstance in the life of every citizen – child bearing, child rearing, education of children, food, education of youth, employment, marriage, unemployment, destitution, handicap; and every possible challenge flowing out of lack of infrastructure – drinking water, electricity and housing after just three members of this political family who are icons of the Congress.

Obviously, the plan is to ensure maximum recall of Brand Congress among voters at every stage in life. Therefore, nothing is left out. The crèche for children of the working poor is named after Rajiv Gandhi. So is a breakfast scheme for poor children. The parents need to remember him for a host of other reasons – rural drinking water, rural electrification or scholarships.

Mrs Indira Gandhi comes in when the poor want a house subsidised by the Government and you think of Nehru when urban renewal programmes come into play. The Congress has taken its obsession with this family to such an extent that even calf-rearing schemes are named after them. Shockingly, even Brand IIM had been tinkered with. While all institutes of management started by the Centre go under the IIM brand, the Congress has mischievously named the IIM in Shillong as the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management.

The list of 450 Government programmes, schemes, institutions, etc, named after these three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family broadly fall into the following categories: Central Government programmes and projects (12); State Government Programmes (52); universities and educational institutions (98); ports and airports (6); awards, scholarships and fellowships (66); sports tournaments, trophies and stadia ( 47); national parks and sanctuaries (15); hospitals and medical institutions (39); national scientific and research institutions, chairs and festivals (37); and, roads, buildings and places (74).

Tomorrow: Even kabaddi and roller-skating have not been spared the Dynasty tag!


A.Surya Prakash is an author and journalist and a leading commentator on Indian politics and constitutional and parliamentary issues.

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  • http://twitter.com/SukuNambi Suku Nambi

    God Willing this Adharmi (Secular) Dynasty will soon be history.If there was no dynasty congress would have been a much better Party.Infact The Best Congress Prime Minister we ever had was Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao.

  • Manish K Mishra

    The condition of so called sacred democracy is deteriorating each and every day. The people aren’t made independent they have been provided MNREGA to earn Rs. 100 for 100 days. Students are not being taught/trained properly, instead they are being provided with reservations in jobs/promotions. The same way they are naming each and every state/Central Govt. policy in the name of these masters, as if no other person in India history was of their stature. Some ignorant have also believing/propagating that if these people wouldn’t have came to politics, India would have rotting like Pakistan. So as in coming future the Gen Y will remember only these fellows(worshiped out of proportion).

  • http://twitter.com/sundarmail Sundara Rajan

    Can we not ask Congress to pay for this misuse

  • http://twitter.com/affronterr Rahul

    Recently, they changed the name of National Institute of Intellectual Property Management to Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of IP Management. The orders were flashed shamelessly on Indian Patent Office’s website. When are these congressi scums changing the name of Parliament to Rajiv Gandhi Parliament of India?

  • http://twitter.com/affronterr Rahul

    But my concern remains, how to tame this practice? how to nullify all such names? Is there any legal course?

  • ethicalman

    even the worli bandra bridge (2011) was named after Rajiv by the Maha congress sycophants..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003966592074 Zorwick Titans

    an important point missed is the naming of even localities, roads and awards on the name Indra Gandhi, Rajiv or Jawaharlal. i have lived in Kota(Raj.) and Lucknow(UP). both these places though 100s of miles away had Indra Nagar and Rajiv Nagar. even the highest sports award is called Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna though RG had no contribution in sports in any way. the localities in west are named after local people or numbered in systematic way. i bet almost all major cities have a Rajiv Nagar or Indra Nagar

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  • Jitendra Desai

    Fine.But it is not producing the results.In 1977,Congress did not win any seat in Hindi belt.If you take 1984 as exception,Congress has failed to win majorities on its own inspite of so much of largesse in the name of Family.Recent example is from Raebareli.Congress could not win single assembly seat from this marquee loksabha seat.
    This is a lesson for other parties too.Behenji lost UP inspite of so much of “personification”.Practice is very feudal and parties like BJP should declare publically that they would not allow such practices.Eg inspite of something like “Atal Gram Sadak yojna” , it opted for Pradhanmantri Gramsadak yojna.

  • http://vnseetharam.wordpress.com V.N.Seetharam

    Tamil Nadu Dravidian goons were the trend setters way back in 1968 when the then chief minister C.N.Annadurai died, within weeks every possible street hospital Colleges, maternity wards, tea shops,air ports, public transport systems were all named after him.Luckily Madras state as it was then did not become Anna Nadu. If you came to Madras then you will have to get off at Anna terminal go through Anna road,pass anna statues everywhere.witness a host of buildings called Anna this Anna that, pass through Anna College, Anna University and go through Annaa beach to pay homage to Anna Samadhi.

    I remember decades ago when clothe were given to the Dhoby he is to have a black Ink identiy known as the dhoby mark to easily identify his customers.
    suppose he was to put his dhoby mark all over your shirt or pyjama imagine the situation. Such is the case with this obsession of naming all after Gandhi Nehru dynasty.

  • Nikhil Koul

    When there could be roads named after mass-murderers and plunderers like Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan or/also a swindler and conversionist like Mother Teresa…and next to nothing on Veer Savarkar, Madan Lal Dhingra…….this is petty malfeasance..Shame!…Congress and dynasty should burn in hell for eternity

    NitiCentral….keep up the good work of informing us all..

  • http://twitter.com/kapildsharma Kaps

    You forgot the biggest Branding exercise of all..Now, you may call me a conspiracy theorist but the effect has been as devastating..I am referring to “Bal Divas”, a day celebrated in all schools across the country…a brilliant strategy to catch’em young…indoctrinate right from childhood about the propaganda of “Chacha Nehru” and how he loved them, how he & congress delivered us lesser mortals…while in reality, where his “love” was directed or misdirected is no more a secret (in fact never was)..

  • http://reflectionsofpassions.blogspot.in/ Akshay Iyer

    I think the biggest branding exercise comes up on 14th November to commemorate how Children’s Day plays a role in national integration. I remember we had textbooks in school which glorified the family members. It is also important to note that in 1988, we had a new set of superfast trains being created on the lines of Rajdhani Express train to commemorate Nehru’s centenary in the form of Shatabdi Express trains. However, now, I would not be surprised to see trains being renamed as “Rajiv Gandhi Rajdhani Express” so on and so forth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000033600789 Arish Sahani

    INdia and indian hindus have no future unless INDIa is declared as Hindu nations as our enemy is smart they are converting our poor an uneducated to arab thinking and using them to kill non converts and destroy the nation.

  • AftabAlam

    Need of the hour is clean and usuable Toilet – WHY NOT ‘RAJIV GANDHI SHOUCHALAYA YOJNA’

  • Brig R S Chhikara, Veteran,

    There is merit in remembering national icons. What about remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. But the Nehru -Gandhi Dynasty will not tolerate that. In the West the practice is to name places after valiant heroes who sacrificed life and limb for the nation. In India even a war memorial is not found worth while. India Gate is a memorial created by the British for soldiers who laid down their lives promoting the interests of the British Raj. What about those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice post independence.For the Congress, Gandhi , Nehru, Indira, Rajiv are all that India needs to recall. Others are only aping the trend.

    Brig R S Chhikara

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