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1/D-80
Dec 27, 2011
11:03 AM

 As always, Mr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta hits the nail right on the head. Superb piece again...

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
2/D-81
Dec 27, 2011
11:12 AM

Excellent article but he missed one C, that is Cunning. That helps the party to win elections

Maha
NJ, United States
3/D-84
Dec 27, 2011
11:47 AM

Perhaps the Congress is in love with the “C” in its name. Corruption was not enough. It had to become corrupt, casteist, communal and cynical. India’s tragedy is that there is no national level challenger to this party that is diminishing us all. " Mehta

Mein na manoo.Mein na Manoo . Only Modi is corrupt, casteist, communal and cynical !!

a k ghai
mumbai, India
4/D-88
Dec 27, 2011
12:18 PM

What Mehta writes about the Congress today was known to anyone who had the faintest knowledge of Indian history. Yet the consensus amongs the editors and intellectuals is that it is a 'liberal' party with a liberal agenda.

RSM
Delhi, India
5/D-94
Dec 27, 2011
01:02 PM

>> "Muslim youth are often unfairly and unconscionably targeted by the police. A lot of this may have to do with discrimination. But it is equally likely that the roots of this are the same as those that make custodial violence in India so common: the weakness of the police force. Impunity in police often has roots in weakness, not prejudice. When it does not have the adequate means, social esteem is low and it is put under pressure, police forces will do all kinds of things to be seen to get results. So discrimination against Muslims will be better addressed, not by reservations, but by police reform."

Pratap Bhanu Mehta speaks the truth. His analysis is accurate.

>> "India’s tragedy is that there is no national level challenger to this party..."

A national level challenger party will have to be a secular party that appeals to all segments of the population. We do not have such a party as of now.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
6/D-106
Dec 27, 2011
02:45 PM

The keyword 'Dynastic' is missing in the attributes..

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
7/D-110
Dec 27, 2011
04:42 PM

>>India’s tragedy is that there is no national level challenger to this party

All such statements are subtle justifications for the Congress to remain in power. Why don't we simply let the voters decide that?

RSM
Delhi, India
8/D-111
Dec 27, 2011
04:51 PM

>>A national level challenger party will have to be a secular party that appeals to all segments of the population. We do not have such a party as of now.

The article portrays the Congress as corrupt, communal and casteist. Yet the standards of secularism should apply only to the national level challenger. And since the challenger does not meet the standard (allegedly), by implication the Congress should continue to rule! Congress lackeys are one pathetic bunch!

RSM
Delhi, India
9/D-44
Dec 28, 2011
08:33 AM

 >> A national level challenger party will have to be a secular party that appeals to all segments of the population. We do not have such a party as of now.

So a castiest, communal party is secular.

Vivek
Hyderabad, India
10/D-68
Dec 28, 2011
12:45 PM

Haven't seen a more powerful case for the disbandment of the Congress. A party that has been in power for 3/4ths of the time India has been independent still finds it convenient to blame the BJP for the rampant communalism and endemic corruption we face. How pathetic can it get!!

As usual, Digvijaya is blaming the BJP and Anna for defeat of Constitution Bill. Would he care to tell us why the number of Congress MPs who voted for the bill was far less than the number of Congress MPs in the LS? And why were several Congress and UPA MPs missing in action?

Alakshyendra
Hyderabad, India
11/D-79
Dec 28, 2011
02:48 PM

Anwar Bhai Post#5,

Congress is PROVED to be communal as per this article. The Opposition to Congress is BJP (whi is communal according to you). So you have a comparison between rotten apples!

As regards a secular party, I owuld like to know which party you have in mind! I am sure there is no True Blue secular party which is genuinely interested in Aam Aadmi (not the parties who are involved in Minority/Dalit/OBC/Language Asmita or any such panedring!

No luck mate!

pankaj hedaoo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12/D-97
Dec 28, 2011
05:37 PM

Here we have the Congress which has kept the Muslim community ghettoized for 60 years with no hope for the future and then there's the BJP which calls for treating everyone as Indians first and then as Hindus, Muslims etc. The more influential section amongst Muslims (people like Anwaar), almost as a Pavlovian instinct have more faith in the Congress; no wonder the Muslim community lags behind others and there's no hope, at least in the near future.

Alakshyendra
Hyderabad, India
13/D-117
Dec 28, 2011
08:28 PM

We Indians have been and are being taken for a ride by Anna Hazare and his team members. " KEL

We the People of India have been taken for ride right from your honourable Master's Rule -Lord Clive to UPA II

You should be happy to know that we the People of India have been taken for another ride for a very petty amount of Rs 12,000 Crores Pulse (Dal) Import Ghotala .What a small loot compared to 176 Lac Crores Ghotala.

Await new revelations by CAG! Happy KEl or disapponted with such a petty Loot ?? Hope next will be better one .

a k ghai
mumbai, India
14/D-143
Dec 28, 2011
09:47 PM

Pankaj,

>> Congress is PROVED to be communal as per this article.

With the BJP cultivating the majority community as its vote bank, the minorities have gravitated to Congress. The need is for two major parties, neither of which is communal.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
15/D-29
Dec 29, 2011
06:45 AM

Congress wins most of the seats in Parliament due to  "communal negative voting of minorities to defeat BJP". The minorities does not want India to progress too rapidly leaving Pakistan far behind which will be seen as failure of ISLAM & "ISLAMIC Pakistan" and victory of "secular values" as both the countries became independent together in 1947. So minorities keeps pulling back India as best as they can. 

Charan dewry
Guwahati, India
16/D-33
Dec 29, 2011
07:44 AM

Post14,

The majority community is the biggest supporter of caste based and communal congress. The minority was ALWAYS with the congress. If you have not  understood this so far, I am sorry you have to go back to school (a REAL worthy school)

pankaj hedaoo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17/D-40
Dec 29, 2011
08:36 AM

Dewry,

>>  "communal negative voting..."

Another name for BJP's vote bank :-)

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
18/D-42
Dec 29, 2011
08:45 AM

Pankaj,

>> The majority community is the biggest supporter of caste based and communal congress.

But the BJP made its biggest inroads in the majority community.

>> The minority was ALWAYS with the congress.

Many were with Socialists, Communists and Muslim parties.

Did you go to a government school?

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
19/D-48
Dec 29, 2011
09:40 AM

Did you go to a government school?

And this is the, to use his own words, ill-bred moron who's always giving lectures to others on civility. His desperation to somehow absolve his paymasters and his beloved party from all its sins sees him get more and more hysterical, thereby exposing himself. Or, showing his asli chehra.

Ajit Tendulkar
Seattle, United States
20/D-62
Dec 29, 2011
11:21 AM

"With the BJP cultivating the majority community as its vote bank, the minorities have gravitated to Congress."

It was the other way round. With the congress cultivating the minority community as its vote bank, the majorities have gravitated to BJP.

But then u learn everything in a Madarsa in reverse order.

Kiran Bagachi
mumbai, India
21/D-65
Dec 29, 2011
11:48 AM

>> With the BJP cultivating the majority community as its vote bank, the minorities have gravitated to Congress.

BJP is also to blame for the chronic indigestion suffered by the stuck pigs.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
22/D-85
Dec 29, 2011
01:14 PM

Post#18

I went to a civilised Christian School which (fortunately) was not Left-Liberal and where we used to recite Vande Mataram as well and yes My History teacher (a Muslim GENTLEMAN) referred to Aurangzeb as a religious fanatic who broke several temples.

He taught us to read history without bias and using BRAINS. And about political history he taught us  how bapoo was wrong in supporting the Khilafat movement and how secular Jinnah was as an individual (but not as a politician). 

Looks like you either went to a Madrasa only or to a "Left Liberal" school ALONGWITH Madrasa.

pankaj hedaoo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
23/D-87
Dec 29, 2011
01:24 PM

Pankaj,

I too went to a Christian School,  but graduates of my school would not make ignorant remarks such as the one in comment No: 16.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
24/D-121
Dec 29, 2011
07:14 PM

 I won't bite back at left-liberals.

pankaj hedaoo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25/D-122
Dec 29, 2011
07:38 PM

@Pankaj and Anwaar

What is wrong with government schools and what is so great about Christian schools?

Abhianv
lucknow, India
26/D-41
Jan 01, 2012
04:15 PM

Anwaar >> A national level challenger party will have to be a secular party that appeals to all segments of the population

Forget having a secular party that appeals to all segments of the population. What about the laws of the land, do they first of all past the test of secularism?

We have Article 370 in constitution which itself is a unsecular law that gives extra privilege to some few million people in particular part of India only because their state happens to have a faith different from other states.

The same constitution allows people of some religions to have a separate civil code and people of some other religions to follow a common civil code. Is this secular?

We have a constitution does not prohibit laws that discriminate based on religion (such as the Communal violence bill proposed by NAC) and we have a legal framework that does not prohibit executive from making job reservations based on religion.

So to ask for secular party when we have a unsecular and perverted legal structure is to ask for a ship (to travel)  when you live in a barren desert.

Ramki
Delhi, India
27/D-42
Jan 01, 2012
04:22 PM

Anwaar >> A national level challenger party will have to be a secular party that appeals to all segments of the population

Even in a largely monocultural, homogenic democracy such as USA, the principal political parties essentially appeal to some big segment of population. Repubs appeal to the well off, enterprenueral class, and generally the WASP segment while Dems appeal to working class, media employed (read the Hollywood limousine liberal types), racial minorities, and outlier groups (like Homosexuals, radical feminists, trade unionists) and liberal leftists.

In a poly ethnic, polycultural society like India, it is no surprise that political parties essentially represent either a particular ethnic group or a language group or a ideology. Or we have something like Congress which pretend to represent all people but actually are extended arms of a political dynasty.

Ramki
Delhi, India
28/D-23
Jan 02, 2012
08:59 AM

Ramki,

>> Even in a largely monocultural, homogenic democracy such as USA, the principal political parties essentially appeal to some big segment of population.

Both Democrats and Republicans do get substantial support from Blacks, Jews, Catholics, millionaires, union workers and people who run small businesses. In India caste based parties, Muslim parties and an RSS-affiliated party produce major distortions in our democratic secular fabric.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
29/D-89
Jan 02, 2012
10:25 PM

 A national level challenger party will have to be a secular party ....

There had been several attempts for it but none succeeded.

Why ? Why would people vote for a Congress clone ?

ANBanerjee
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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