Punjab’s ‘gup’ model of politics
Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice president was recently in Chandigarh from where he announced his intention of saving Punjab via a ‘Save Punjab Campaign’. Kudos to him for generating such a marvel of a slogan, but sadly, in spite of the brilliant catchphrase I think it has not cut much ice with Punjabis. Writes Khushwant Singhchandigarh Updated: Nov 03, 2014 18:01 IST
Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice president was recently in Chandigarh from where he announced his intention of saving Punjab via a ‘Save Punjab Campaign’.
Kudos to him for generating such a marvel of a slogan, but sadly, in spite of the brilliant catchphrase I think it has not cut much ice with Punjabis. Barring a few Congressmen chanting ‘Rahul Zindabad’, ‘Rahul ki jai ho’, I don’t think Punjabis have taken him seriously since everyone understands that the slogan has more to do with politics than any real time change.
Secondly, people would also be interested in knowing how Rahul proposes to save Punjab. Action plan and all, since his party in Punjab seems to be in a shambles; in a way that the right hand does not know what the left does.
Moreover, for someone who is struggling to save his party from what appears to be impending doom, saving Punjab over a Punjab Congress Bhawan microphone seems to be a bit far-fetched.
Saving Punjab, to my mind requires sincerity, understanding of the issues and zeal to make a difference. A slogan for votes is definitely not the way out.
Okay, for a moment if we do grant him the benefit of doubt that his Congress is mighty serious about saving Punjab, my question to him would be to list three top evils he wants Punjab saved from? Ha Ha Ha, I know his party men will say Akalis, BJP, Akalis, forgetting that, they, if not more, are equally to be blamed for inflicting those evils from which they want to save Punjab.
No, this is not to absolve the other chaps, because their slogan, ‘Progressive Punjab’, is equally bizarre and untruthful. I laugh at times when I see tax payers’ money being wasted on advertisements trying to sell a slogan which has no merit.
Come on, from which angle can we call Punjab progressive when the ground reality is so different? And the immature way the two coalition partners are squabbling all the time is a sign that Punjab’s destiny has really had it. ‘Vat nahi, Vaat lagayi’.
This takes us to the point of how politicians fool us with slogans and how we keep falling into their trap. One calls Punjab progressive and the other calls to save Punjab. Look at the two extremes on which Punjab’s political narrative is operating. If this is the case, obviously its narrative is based not on truth but on sheer ‘gup’.
What progress are we talking about? The desire to sell Giorgio Armani jeans, Louis Vuitton bags or Victoria’s Secret in Mullanpur is a great idea, but an equally good idea is to strengthen education. What about health, cleanliness and technology? Just check the speed of the Internet and you will know what I’m talking about. Here is my message to the spin doctors of both the political parties. You can fool some of the people all the time, and all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Punjabis, get wise and rise!
First Published: Nov 03, 2014 17:57 IST