By K.N. Pandita – The story of the fox saying the grapes are sour was once very popular among the stories in the English text book for schoolboys.
After winning a slender majority in 2004 elections Sonia went to Rashtrapati Bhavan to claim the prized post of PM of India. Twenty minutes later she came out to tell the media persons she had made a “renunciation” (tyag) and withdrawn. How suddenly “renunciation” had dawned upon her.? For whom did she make a sacrifice? In Congress’ new lexicon “renunciation is the replacement of the adage “the grapes are sour.”
Congress ruling stalwarts maneuvered Soni’s alternate elevation as chairperson NAC. A hefty budget for this newly created organization, an appendage of PMO, a cabinet rank status and the understanding that all important files go to her for perusal saw the evaporation in thin air of much touted “renunciation”. Overnight, grapes were grapes, succulent and sweet not sour.
UPA government, looking for political crutches, had pandered to Muslim appeasement policy. Modification of history books, reservation, AMU minority status issue, ambivalence over lunacy like that of Yaqub Qureshi on cartoon episode etc. stoutly piloted by sycophants like Arjun Singh had brought not only discredit to Congress but also embarrassment to wider sections of civil society.