Dynastic politics has been continuing in India since its independence in 1947. Starting from Gandhi family, its traces can be seen in many state and national parties as well, though the percentage is far less as compared to the oldest political family of India.
The ill effects of dynastic politics are quite evident. Not only does the common man suffer when a leader’s son or daughter is handed over the chair, who does not know the alphabets of politics but the chances of party workers who work hard to reach a high position also fades.
Party workers of Congress can never dream of becoming a Prime Minister no matter how hard they work for the party. The only possibility of achieving that position can be when the person becomes the puppet in the hands of the Gandhi family as has been seen in the cases of past few leaders.
Though this dynastic politics was hated by many leaders of state and national parties, but still Bihar’s state party, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav had entered the same realm by appointing his wife, Rabri Devi on the seat and now his daughter Misa Bharti who has entered politics is proving the point.
Lalu’s name came up during the election ticket distribution in Bihar for recently held assembly elections. He was believed to lobby for ticket for his eldest son, Tej Pratap from Mahua constituency because he himself cannot contest elections, as he was convicted in the fodder scam. Surprisingly Tej Pratap has not been very active in politics.
Lalu had always been very vocal about dynastic politics despite the fact that Misa Bharti contested the 2014 Lok sabha elections from Patliputra and lost to his one time friend, Ram Kripal Yadav.
Apart from Lalu, Ram Vilas Paswan’s son, Chirag Paswan, after having a small stint in Bollywood, is now an MP from Jamui.
The list is endless as now most politicians have entered the realm of dynastic politics which they themselves criticized at one point of time.
It has been so deep rooted in the political system of the country that it is not easy to get rid of it. But still a few changes in the system can start the reformation.
During the elections, whether it is assembly or Lok Sabha elections, there should be at least three faces from a party for the post of Prime Minister which will give people an option to choose the person and not the party. This should be made compulsory from the election board of India. A clause should also be added stating that only a single face will emerge from a family.
The departure from dynastic politics will begin when the people start questioning it.
In Haryana, Devi Lal, the stodgiest of all patriarchs, had to remove his sons from the leadership of the Lok Dal(B) under popular pressure. If people in the other states quickly take the cue, then a nation of 1.2 billion people will no longer be forced to confine the search for political talent to a handful of families.
Dynastic politics raises questions about the maturity of our polity and democratic institutions. The ease with which wives, widows and sons of ruling families slip into vacant political positions is as uncanny as it is demeaning to a nation of such size and strength.