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The Maya of power

The Maya of power

Author: Editorial
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: January 29, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/152932/The-Maya-of-power.html

Second opinion: Ratan Sharga

An age-old adage goes, "There is no kitchen big enough to accommodate two women". The present political scenario in the country could not exemplify this any better. For, the two most powerful people in politics today are UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, who are at loggerheads with each other and cannot seem to be able to swallow their ideological differences for the sake of development.

The above sentiment was also expressed by Ms Gandhi last year when she performed the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Rail Coach Factory in her constituency of Rae Bareli. The much-awaited railway project, which is also the first of its kind in Uttar Pradesh, had to bear the brunt of a political tug-of-war between the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party; something that was totally avoidable.

Our leaders must learn something from American politicians who, after an election, set aside all their ideological differences and work together for the sake of their nation. It was only a few months ago that US President Barack Obama was going toe-to-toe with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democrat primaries. But as soon as it was decided that Mr Obama would lead the party in the presidential election, the two set aside all their differences.

But here in India leaders take everything personally. Their egos are so big that they cannot make the distinction between political and personal rivalry. In the long run this is hardly healthy and in fact detrimental to the development of the nation. Our leaders should remember that they have been elected to power by the people of this country and, therefore, it is their duty to work for the welfare of the common man regardless of their individual political point of views. Thus, it is not unreasonable for the people to expect the BSP and the Congress to work together in the interest of the State of Uttar Pradesh, even though the idea might sound outlandish in the present political climate.

Even if one looks at it from a strictly political view-point, it makes sense if the two most powerful ladies in Indian politics work together. Each of them can benefit from the other. When two enemies of yesteryears, Mr Kalyan Singh and Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, can join hands, why can't Ms Mayawati and Ms Sonia Gandhi? If they do come together they will make an unbeatable combination, not just in Uttar Pradesh but at the national level as well. Let us hope that the two ladies see reason and prove the old adage wrong.

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