Truth about ‘The Family’ is out at last

Truth about ‘The Family’ is out at last

`Truth about ‘The Family’ is out at last

At last the truth about ‘The Family’ is being unravelled publicly again. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Manish Tewari et al would now do well to accept the truth about ‘The Family’s’ habit of use and throw. Instead of discussing the frustration that Mani and his vocal Congress family courtiers have been displaying since Sunday, let me point out the long history of ‘The Family’s’ propensity to sacrifice individuals and the party for its sake.

One of the few formidable mass leaders, popular Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and a leader independent of ‘The Family’, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna repeatedly suffered excruciating mental agony when he realised that he was being treated as an attendant of ‘The Family’. Let us not forget how humiliated Bahuguna felt when his political wings began to be pruned and how he showed a herculean determination and broke out of ‘The Family’s’ political dungeon in order to try and forge a national alternative to Congress rule. Had death not snatched him away, HN Bahuguna would have probably succeeded in giving a new direction to Indian politics by heralding a post-Congress India. ‘The Family’ was of course dead scared of that possibility.

The tale of ‘The Family’s’ expansive habit of first using talented political workers and leaders and then of heaping humiliation on them and of finally discarding them is legendary. Nehru’s treatment of Patel in his last years displayed that streak of political ruthlessness which became the hallmark of ‘The Family’ later. Two months before he died, Patel who had earlier abdicated power as a loyal ‘soldier of Bapu’ in favour of Nehru and had done much to accommodate the temperamental Prime Minister, wrote of the ‘mental torture’ he was being made to go through because of Jawaharlal’s behaviour, “I see no hope… I have gone to the farthest extent but I see that it is all no good and we can only leave it to God.” Patel died a sad man, sad to realise in what unstable hands he had to leave the country.

It is true that where his powers were concerned, Nehru was ‘highly aggressive and ruthless’, such were the heights of this ruthlessness that on Patel’s demise he issued directives to the ‘Ministers and the Secretaries not to go to Bombay to attend the funeral’ and tried to dissuade Rajendra Prasad from attending it as well. Nehru’s behaviour towards a man who had been his comrade in arms for over three decades and who had done more than anyone else to consolidate his position in the party and the country, was a brazen display of that humiliation-heaping trait which ‘The Family’ was to master in years to come. Nehru’s granddaughter-in-law, in accordance with ‘The Family’s’ tradition, meted out a near similar treatment five and a half decades later to PV Narasimha Rao’s funerary cortege in the heart of Delhi.

Even the ‘gentle and self-effacing’ Rajendra Prasad was not spared and had once confided his intentions of writing the memoirs of his presidency with the title ‘The Years of Agony.’ C Rajagopalachari, JB Kripalani, Purushottamdas Tandon, all stalwarts, were gradually discarded as soon as their utility was over or as soon as they displayed political sagacity, vision and initiative in comprehending and handling the affairs of free India.

Indira equally mastered this trait for using and humiliating, in her case Kamaraj’s example stands out. The man served Nehru well and meticulously chartered Indira’s political rise only to be unceremoniously sidelined when his uses seemed to be over. A shocked Kamaraj is said to have bitterly confessed that Indira was a ‘big man’s daughter, [and] a little man’s mistake.’ He died a disillusioned man having vehemently opposed the imposition of emergency as an event with no parallel even ‘under British rule.’ But even his death was used by Indira to consolidate her power, she used the occasion to digest the last fragments of the old Congress telling her south Indian audiences that merger had been the late leader’s ‘last wish’ and that it was a ‘privilege to work with him’ and that she ‘sought his guidance’ and ‘discussed’ with him ‘almost every matter of importance.’

The Family’s treatment of Zail Singh, Nandini Sathpathy, Arun Nehru, Arun Singh, Arjun Singh, Karan Singh and of course Pranab Mukherjee is the stuff of legend – it carried out with great aplomb and fervour the tradition of humiliation and marginalisation. CR was at his acerbic best when once describing this habit of using and tossing out, “Rajaji is just a match-stick to light the cigarette. You throw the matchstick into the ashtray without a thought after it has served the purpose.”

Every leader of consequence in the Congress has always been used by ‘The Family’ as a matchstick to light its cigarette of political ambition. And the nation, well the nation of course has always been its convenient ashtray!

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  • Addicted

    This is no breaking news, every single politico is aware, but continue to kiss their feet and lick their %^$ – it never fails to amaze me when I see intelligent men within the congress acting like dumb jerks, being yes men, not worrying that their reputation was being ripped into pieces by the rest of the citizens as they see them fawning over every word uttered by the family as pearls of wisdom, what are the congis made of?????????????????? Do their brains turn into putty the minute they see ” The Family” ?

  • digiloveslicking

    A slight alteration to the conclusion – Zail Singh, Arjun Singh and Pranab Mukherjee aschewed self respect and survived as the family’s bootlickers. A task which is today being performed by the likes of Aiyer, Sibal, Digvijay and many more. India has absolutely no shortage of bootlickers aka Jaichands.

  • manga_madayan

    you are being too magnanimous in saying the congis are matchsticks. in reality the congi “intellectuals” are toilet papers. and india is the Family’s toilet.

  • Seetharam Naidu

    This chap Money Shankar Iyer is an abomination and a cringing crouching canine breed without the nobility and unconditional love the man’s best friend is genetically endowed with. It is indeed painful to watch the likes of him holding forth with intellectual pretensions defending the indefensible namely Rahul and his “Power is Poison” bedside story telling mother Sonia. At least Manish Tiwari has been rewarded with a cabinet post which is the ultimate reward the family can bestow on asinine spokespersons
    like him. whereas Money Shankar is still furiously and ferociously wagging his tail for the crumbs which are yet to come. He has to still be content with his lowly occupation of “Praise be to thee the immeasurable and most intelligent Rahulji” chants in nauseating TV channels. It is impossible that he does truly believe that this dim wit and utterly pathetic hero is the saviour of India with his so called education and IFS credentials. Such is the plight of the UPA which like the Duryodhan’s army has to rely on Sakunis and Dukshasanas.

  • Simply SD

    I’ve seen this in so many movies. How smart intellectuals fall into the trap of the family? It starts when they find the family kind of dumb and easy to get their way with. The rookie intellectual start to enjoy the power that comes from being close to the family. In the enjoyment, he starts to make small allowances to favour the family. While he’s enjoying the power, the family keeps recording every little compromise the intellectual makes for the family. As the rookie grows up the ranks, he learns to treat the family’s agenda as his own. The family stays generous in rewarding the intellectual with a great life as he desires. The first big test comes when the intellectual’s personal agenda clashes with the family’s. It always does. After a struggle, when he chooses the family over self, he graduates into an insider. His file of compromises with the family keeps him loyal forever thereafter. There is no escaping. None at all. You can’t ever leave.

  • Anmol Purohit

    Ponder over this. Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna’s daughter, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, is the Congress Party’s chief in UP. In neighbouring Uttarakhand, her brother, Vijay Bahuguna, is Chief Minister.
    And they are both shameless. Had anyone insulted my father, I would not even spit at that person. And here we have Rita and Vijay singing paens of praise to Sonia and Rahul.
    Another interesting story is that of the Gwaliors.
    The grandmother was the first Vice-President of the BJP. But earlier, she was dumped in a jail cell along with petty criminals, pickpockets and prostitutes (all women) by Indira Gandhi during the Emergency.
    So scared was her son of being persecuted by “The Family”, that he ran away to his mother’s home in Nepal.
    Later, he was cajoled, threatened and sweet-talked to join the very Congress Party. And he did! Shameless rascal.
    Today his son, the grandson of the first Vice-President of the BJP, is a member in Manmohan Singh’s criminal government.
    We know that politics is the last resort of scoundrels. But the deovtion and feality that these persons have shown for “The Family” is really the pits.
    How do they look themselves in the mirror?

  • Hindu

    Rogues and mafia of foreign origin