Friday, May 7, 2021
Home Opinions Congress: It is all about loving your family (business)

Congress: It is all about loving your family (business)

Congress is just like Bollywood, where The Family controls who gets to stay in the 'industry' and who gets thrown out

What is the similarity between the grand old party and Bollywood? Their constant state of denial when it comes to ‘loving their family’, or in other words, nepotism.

In both the industries (I would call Congress an industry because it is run more like a family business than as a political party), there is no educational qualification requirement. National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, another product of nepotism who perpetuates the same, had said how a politician making his child a politician is the same as a doctor making his child a doctor. Abdullah Senior (or should it be Abdullah junior if I were to refer to him as Shaikh Abdullah’s son?) clearly forgot that even if a doctor wants his child to become a doctor, the child will still have to clear all medical examinations to become one. Just because the child has seen the parent being a doctor, he/she magically cannot become one.

Similarly, if you are born into the Nehru-Gandhi family, by default your career is ‘politician’ with aspirations of being a prime minister of India. Like the Kapoors of Bollywood. But only a few made it to the A-league and gave hits, and others faded into oblivion (like Karan Kapoor and Kunal Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor’s children who disappeared from Hindi film industry without a trace).

Usually, defenders of nepotism argue that in politics, people elect their representative and in Bollywood, the audience makes a film a hit or a flop. These delusional fans forget that nepotism doesn’t guarantee success, but it just gives the star kids easy access and more opportunities to try succeeding or just failing better. Just like the Gandhis in Congress. Just because Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi’s father, grandmother and great grandfather were prime ministers, does not automatically give them the easy access to the prime minister’s chair or the right to become the Party President without proving one’s worth.

This is also why Rahul Gandhi, who seems to have realised that Amethi may not a ‘safe’ Congress seat, which The Family has won since the 80s, is now scouring for another ‘safe’ seat.

Another similarity between family-run political parties and Bollywood is that if you are even married into The Family, your entitlement quotient increases. A spouse of a forcefully successful film star kid sometimes gets to become a producer (for taxation purposes) or an interior designer or a fashion designer. Similarly, a spouse of The Family will have country’s top lawyers defending them in various cases like money laundering. The entitlement is such that even when one is neck-deep in corruption allegations, as a spouse of The Family, one casually expresses the desire that they would contest elections if The Party wants them to. ‘If the party wants me to,’ is the political equivalent of ‘I will kiss if the story demands’.

The contempt for those who are the ‘outsiders’ in the industry is also a common factor. We all know how Kangana was mocked at, and continues being mocked at only for speaking out the obvious. An ‘outsider’ dared to say that the star kids have it easier. An ‘outsider’ Modi dared to challenge The Family. A man, who once sold tea at a railway station is now prime minister of world’s largest democracy which till now had one or the other Family member at the helm of the affairs.

How dare he? How dare he believe that the country is not an ancestral property which gets handed down through generation? How dare he not have a ‘vansh‘ for whom he could accumulate wealth? How dare he dream of an India which is not run by The Family?

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Nirwa Mehtahttps://medium.com/@nirwamehta
Politically incorrect. Author, Flawed But Fabulous.

Related Articles

Trending now

Air Ambulance does a successful belly landing on foam carpet at Mumbai airport after losing a wheel while departing from Nagpur

Air ambulance of Jetserv Aviation belly-landed at Mumbai airport after it had lost its front wheel while departing from Nagpur Airport

As ‘journalist’ spread hate against RSS affiliate Sewa Bharti, here is how they are giving it their all in troubled COVID-19 times

"Such propaganda and lies do not affect us", said Sewa Bharti Delhi head Rajesh Agarwal in response to 'The Wire' journalist's Tweet against them

After continuously demanding 976 MT of oxygen, Delhi CM says they will open 9,000-9,500 new oxygen beds if they get 700 MT daily

Delhi CM says they will open 9000-9500 new oxygen beds if they get 700 MT oxygen per day, implying the current demand is much less

Times Group and The Wire’s editor spread misleading claims over FICCI letter to NDMA about ventilators: Here is what FICCI said

FICCI clarified they never suggested any negligence by the government in distribution of ventilators manufactured under PM CARES Fund

After TMC leaders denying post-poll violence, Mamata Banerjee announces compensation for kin of victims

Mamata Banerjee has claimed that around 16 people have died in the post -poll violence, almost equal from BJP and TMC, and oner person from the Sanjukta Morcha.

Black Lives Matter, a Facebook post and how I got censored: Big Tech, freedom of speech and the overall hypocrisy of the Ultra Left

On 11 February 2021, my Facebook account of 13 years was disabled without reason and it is time we talk about the Ultra Left's hypocrisy

Recently Popular

‘Out of control’ Chinese rocket falling back on Earth and no one knows where it is going to crash: Details

After launching space station hub, China's Long March 5B is doing 27,600km/h in failing orbit, with eventual crash site unknown.

Birbhum SP denies reports of rape of polling agents in Bengal’s post-poll violence

In light of the bloodshed and unspeakable atrocities committed against its party workers, the BJP has announced a nationwide dharna on May 5.

Bengal post-poll violence: TMC goons attack BSF jawans, set their homes on fire, Network 18 journalist reveals

Earlier, TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had demonised the central paramilitary forces. She had even urged the party supporters to 'gherao' them during elections.

21-year-old college student raped and murdered in Medinipur district in West Bengal, 3 including a woman arrested

West Bengal police arrested 2 masons and their female aide for rape and murder of a college student, who have confessed to the crime

Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha defies logic while giving calculations on cryogenic tanks and medical oxygen

One feels that if Aam Aadmi Party leaders focus on resolving the oxygen crisis instead of overusing their tiny brain for absurd calculations, they could perhaps save a few lives.

Banished by Twitter and Facebook, former US President Donald Trump launches his own communications platform

Trump's senior advisor Jason Miller additionally informed that this is not the social media platform they talked about and that the plans to launch the same remain intact.
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

254,783FansLike
538,604FollowersFollow
24,300SubscribersSubscribe