The Congress is at its lowest, as observed from its tragic performance in State Legislature elections in India. The glorious past of more than a century of existence of this grand old party is now history and even though some of its aims and objectives are still relevant, time has come for INC to either rejuvenate or perish.
Reasons for decay can broadly be categorized as under:
∙ Bickering between top leaders
∙ Narcissism, egoism and jealousy
∙ Personality syndromes
∙ ‘Me first’ and ‘party next’ attitude
∙ Power mongering
∙ Caste politics
∙ Women not being recognized as a force to reckon with
∙ Youth leaders being sidelined
∙ Sincere grassroots workers are feeling neglected
∙ Negligence towards electorate
∙ Absence of knowledge of party manifesto
∙ Grouping/leg pulling leading to dismal performance
∙ Absence of successful ‘last mile’ approach
∙ Ignorance of knowledge of welfare projects of Government
∙ Admission of criminals into mainstream politics
∙ Money and muscle power
∙ Cross voting without ethos
∙ Absence of behavioral science in leaders
∙ Party has become a platform for personal gains
∙ Compromising party interest for selfish motives
∙ Absence of a effective public relation
∙ Eroding values within the party.
∙ Over-dependency on charismatic powers of top leaders/dynastic ruling members.
∙ High command syndrome
What can be done?
Go back to basics – learn well the party manifesto and programmes of the INC – past and present – Ignorance is no excuse
∙ Organise crash programmes of O&M and Training to leaders to drive home that one cannot go to the voter without knowing what they can give to him
∙ Train them in parliamentary procedures and behavioral science so that they can perform in a dignified manner in Parliament and Legislature
∙ Teach them how not to annihilate the opposition parties with personal attacks – they should look at their own back and learn to overcome mundane feelings of anger and dismay and perform with dignity and decorum
∙ Make it clear that they should not make false promises that cannot delivered
∙ Mere presence at public functions does not impress the present day electorate – they know better
∙ Educated techies are grouping themselves to make a splash in politics – give them encouragement because they want better governance
∙ Bring them to the fold of INC, with proper approach but without antagonizing their aims and aspirations – blend party programmes to suit their needs and requirements – youth should come to fore
∙ Utilise the immense wealth of knowledge of elderly leaders and make them the guiding lights for the younger generations.
∙ Just because they are experienced, the elders should not command and demand respect and keep breathing on the neck of youngsters (present day generation is averse to such sulking and nagging scenarios, even at homes)
∙ The think tank should be a highly motivated body of senior leaders to hold the reigns of power in the background and keep on initiating corrective measures to young leaders who may jell with the young voters and bring them to the fold