It would be a good idea if he focuses on ways to create employment
If political pundits are to be believed, come September the wait for Rahul Gandhi will be over. They say that he is likely to take the plunge by accepting higher responsibilities in the Congress organisation and perhaps enter the Union Council of Ministers. So will he, or won’t he? And if he does, what should his agenda be?
So far, as AICC General-Secretary Rahul Gandhi has looked after youth organisations. According to Indian Youth Congress (IYC) president Rajiv Satav, organisational elections have been completed in IYC. This is a singular achievement .In living memory, with the exception of the communist parties, no political organisation in India has managed to hold nationwide internal elections. With IYC elections, the fiefdoms of many established political families have been challenged. Those who passed the litmus test of the ballot survived; those who could not, have been sidelined. The elections of IYC were held under the supervision of legendary former Election Commission expert K J Rao, who ensured a stringent yardstick.
Thus, if Rahul Gandhi opts to take on new responsibilities, he would be doing so after having delivered. He would have the backing of a team of young enthusiasts who have come to occupy positions through elections. His efforts in the IYC are reminiscent of the rejuvenated Youth Congress which emerged after the late Sanjay Gandhi organised the first meeting of Block presidents of the Youth Congress on August 10, 1976, in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. The Emergency and the subsequent defeat of the Congress in 1977 is remembered by everybody. What is not remembered is that in the days out of power post-1977, it was the rejuvenated Youth Congress which played a major role in the events leading to the return of the Congress to power in 1980.
Besides changing the paradigm of Congress politics, Sanjay Gandhi gave a push to entrepreneurship among youth. He wanted to develop and sell his ‘Peoples Car’, Maruti. His dream remained unfulfilled. However, if we have multiple brands of automobiles manufactured in India jamming the roads today, let the reformist mindset behind Maruti, which wanted an end to the ’Ambassador era’, not be forgotten. The middle class of today is the creation of the policies in the late seventies, which gave a fillip to self-employment. Those who could afford to set up an export unit in a State industrial development corporation facility, did so; those who could only form a cooperative to run a mini-bus or a tempo to supplement the government transportation effort, did that….READMORE