Barely it has been 24 hours have passed since the results of the five state assembly elections have come out and the people of the country and analysts across the board first time realized the gravity of the possibility of the “Congress free India” in near future and this possible scenario has its echo in those headlines who suggest Congress to do some serious job to arrest its further slide and this suggestion in itself is another example how difficult to make Indian free of Congress other than rhetoric.
After the almost route in general elections in 2014 Congress was relying more on its history of resilience in past other than any serious strategy or hard work for its revival . Like its past history it overrated the vulnerability of so called “Communal” BJP and its divisive politics to crumble under its own burden and the defeat of BJP in Delhi and Bihar state elections gave much relief to Congress to live with its own idea of secularism and composite culture along with its socialist economic vision for country as it was the driving ideological force for Congress in late 60’s or 70’s during the leadership of Mrs Indira Gandhi.
After the defeat in general elections Congress moved to the path of soft Marxism and alienated herself from the new aspiring young India.
But apart from that the real question which recent state election results has thrown to us is to confront with the changing dynamics of the Indian politics which is standing on the crossroad . It is on the crossroad because the fast decay and slide of the Congress reminded the era between first world war to second world war when British and French empires were fighting with each other for their ownership on colonies in various parts of the world but they were compliment to each other in sustaining the very idea of western imperialism and the sudden erosion of French empire between two world wars was too fast and unprecedented that it put so much pressure on British empire in holding on its empire and the pressure of economic and military resources in containing those colonies which were aspiring for self rule become huge burden for British and the mutiny , revolt and revolutionary ideas made it almost impossible for them after 1930’s to sustain that pressure and after second world war not only the French empire and British Empire both crumbled and collapsed but were forced to leave their colonies and the whole political and ideological narrative of the international relations changed and the new era begins .
The results of the five state assembly elections are more important in this context which indicates a paradigm shift in Indian political and ideological narrative.
Since independence the politics of the country has been revolving around “ Gandhi Nehru axis” either in political , economic or cultural context and it has been the main driver of things to happen in every sphere of life and any other alternative narratives only become relevant when it reacted to those ideas or their monopoly but in any way the “ Gandhi Nehru” axis had been essential for the survival of the opposite and alternative views also but in last two decades the generational change, social change, materialistic approach for life, Individual freedom , more aspiration for freedom along with global context and advancement in technology , the diminished role of organized religion in administering the social and collective behavior of human being and shift in communication methods has almost changed everything from human behavior to values and even the perspective to look into the history has got a transformation and this transformation is manifested in politics in every part of the world . The new generation which has nurtured itself in globalized world in last decades want more say in policy and state and want to transform everything on its own terms and this churning never gets its manifestation in any leadership which creates more frustration, aggression and aggravates uncertainty along with chaos.
Indian politics is no more any exception from this global trend and in the same way as other parts of the world are facing the phase of transition in leadership and ideology the same political churning is happening with Indian politics also . Congress is losing too fast not due to its leadership or charges of corruption but due to its inability to communicate any contemporary message to the people of the country in any new format. They are stuck around “Gandhi Nehru axis” and other political parties or organizations are too obsessed with this axis either in negative or positive way. The fast decay of Congress can make happy to others who look for their opportunity in this erosion to fill into the shoes of congress but any political force or ideology which will not be able to connect them to the new world in new language and continue to live in history with aspiration to relive the ancient or medieval history in modern world their fate will not be more better than congress in near future.
Indian politics need to come out from the obsession of ” Gandhi Nehru axis” . The more this truth political parties realize they will be relevant to Indian masses, the more they will be obsessed to this axis in positive or negative way the more they will alienate themselves from the people of the country and alternative narratives will replace the old narratives.