Rahul Gandhi, during a rally on Thursday, accused the Narendra Modi government of hiding behind the sacrifices of Indian soldiers. More than that, he went ahead and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “khoon ki dalali”. While, the Congress Vice-President faced a lot of flak for his statement that ‘politicised’ the Uri martyrs, he did not completely speak nonsense. Although, it can be agreed, applicable across a spectrum of opinion, that Gandhi could have used a term that did not sound like an episode of sensationalist serial Savdhan India. The BJP government led by PM Modi may have garnered immense praise for his decision on ordering the surgical strikes against Pakistan, but also happens to have a few flaws in its governance. But that is only natural. No government ever existed with the complete support of all its people. And therein lies the essence of democracy. If Narendra Modi is a God, is Rahul Gandhi the necessary evil?
Criticism of the government is necessary for the existence of a Parliamentary system. What would otherwise, be the point of having seats for the Opposition in the law-making house. Surely, if the government did all the right things, those seats would be a sheer waste of furniture. India is the largest democracy in the world. And the political party that wins an election every 5 years; even if it wins by a majority, doesn’t have the votes of about half the voters. So, even though, the constitution grants it the right to make the decision for the wellness of the polity, it could not possibly speak for all its people.
Focussing on the Uri terror attack and the Surgical Strikes that followed, controversies are still ripe in the media and more importantly people still remain divided on the legitimacy or otherwise, of the operation. Now, evidence has risen following the telephonic statement of the SP of Mirpur, PoK, confirming the death of 12 men, 5 out of which were uniformed. But let us ponder for a second. If the evidence happens to be false, and nobody raises a question; we would all go on believing it for the rest of our lives. If people just believed everything their governments said, and everything the government said was true, we would all be living in a utopian world.
Considering the possibility of a such a world is the same as believing in the existence of Superman. Aye, he is good and kind and righteous, but even a slight misjudgement on his part can be deadly. The government similarly, has been provided with unlimited powers and thus needs to be checked at every step by its opposition in the parliament. This is where we need the Batman. Batman, might be wrong in his words and his ways, he may be rogue but he is necessary. Rahul Gandhi is not the hero we want or need or deserve, but he is the one we have. He is necessary.