In a sharp critique of the government, the heir apparent Rahul Gandhi has emphasised the need to appreciate the paradigm shifts that have taken place. He flagged three elements in this context — the transparency and accountability demanded by the advent of the Right to Information Act, an aggressive media and even more aggressive civil society.
In his intervention at the party’s brainstorming session, Rahul is reported to have made these observations. Though he did not say it in so many words, his emphasis on the need for the government to realise these changes is seen as a criticism of the responses to the slew of accusations that have marred the image of the party.
“With the demand for more transparency and accountability, it cannot be business as usual for the government anymore. The political apparatus cannot be taking the blame for all the decisions that are essentially taken by the bureaucrats,” said a senior party functionary.
Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi gave a different spin to Rahul’s intervention. “He referred to these developments in the historical context of the changing challenges that have been faced by the party. The underlying message was that if the party could overcome them in the past, it can also do the same in the present context,” he added.
His reference to the paradigm shift and the transparency revolution confirmed that questions in the public domain about the corruption charges against the UPA government and the ministers have been bothering Rahul Gandhi, even though he has so far maintained a stoic silence so far.
Rahul Gandhi’s intervention also covered the wider issue of reforms in the interest of the aam aadmi, and also indicated that he was more in favour of protecting the interests of the poor.