Pawan mania: an opinion…


Though Pawan Kalyan stopped short of explaining his immediate political strategy, his speech is being lauded and welcomed as heartfelt, sincere and path breaking. He gave a call for removal of Congress, but was not clear about whether he would offer the public an alternative. In fact, he did not even make sure that he would contest the upcoming elections. He admitted to risking alot doing this just ahead of two months of elections, but is he taking immediate steps towards the democratic process?

He said that he would meet his followers again soon to decide several things. Shouldn’t he have come prepared with everything as the time is short? His insight into social issues, public behavior, objections to short sightedness of political leaders…. all of these are quite commendable, but is this enough to achieve “Congress hathao…”?

If his aim is to brand Congress as an immoral party, how can he talk to any and all other parties for co operation? After all, there is some element of Congress in almost all parties in India, including the left parties. The present day politics are more about local realities and vote bank politics for marginal number based superiority. He took strong objections to the policies of political leaders, but he should have asked public to be more vigilant in voting for these leaders. Change will not come from up, but the lowest roots of public minds.

He has announced a party, but stopped short of declaring a vision document. He chose election time to do this exercise, suggesting that electoral power is his target. For a socially conscious person like him, he has forgotten the fact that change doesn’t come so fast and without any clear way forward. He should have worked quietly for a couple of years with the aim to change the moral thought process of the youth and then should have venture out in to poll arena.

He has offered too little too late to make an impact in these elections.

Medaram Jathara

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