Friday, December 09, 2005

Sonia Gandhi and the Propoganda Machine

December 9 is the birthday of Sonia Gandhi, the chairperson of the United Progressive alliance(UPA) - the ruling coalition of India. The chairperson of the ruling coalition is usually the Prime Minister of the country, but in her case it is not so. There is a story behind this.

Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India . Chacha(Uncle) Nehru, as he was fondly called by children, was handpicked by the father of the Nation - Mahatma Gandhi, to be the Prime Minister . Some years after Jawaharlal Nehru's death, Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was considered by many to be ruthless in her rule and in her handling of political opponents. She established the Nehru-Gandhi parivaar(family), a political dynasty, as the most powerful force in politics and overlords of the Indian National Congress Party. Her son Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated and her widow was , over time, made the President of the Congress Party. Now there is a slight problem here. You see, Sonia Gandhi was born (if memory serves me right)Shania Maino - an Italian. This led to protests after the Congress party won the elections in 2004. Because this would mean that Sonia Gandhi would now become the Prime Minister. A lot of people were not very happy to see a foreign-born person heading the country. In a very shrewd move , Mrs. Gandhi relinquished the office of the Prime Minister and instead, installed the economist Dr.Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister.

If you had any doubts on who the real Prime Minister is, a peek at Doordarshan News- news channel of the state broadcaster- would provide enough evidence. I switched on the Hindi news at 8pm and was shocked. There was a small photo/logo of Sonia Gandhi in the corner of the screen. The normally dry and uninteresting reports were replaced by a slick promo of Mrs. Gandhi. It made my eyes pop out. Was Doordarshan actually capable of producing this stuff? The report went on to sing great glories of Mrs.Gandhi. It sang praises about her "great sacrifice" and her huge heart . It also showed her children - Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi/Vadera - in a , to put it mildly, favourable light. The propoganda was sickening.

There is a possibility that she is not behind this propoganda . Doordarshan has a history of licking the feet of its political masters. The Government of the day is the overlord of the supposedly autonomous broadcaster. Everyone from the executives to the reporters know that portraying the Government in a favourable light is the only way to earn their bread and butter and ensure their promotion. This is reflected in the massive propoganda unleashed by the channel.

Mrs. Gandhi would be well advised to keep Doordarshan in restraint. Overdoing propoganda could backfire very badly, as the NDA government found to its dismay in the 2004 elections.


Anonymous said...

Good write-up. But you missed the fact that Rajeev Gandhi was a PM too :-).

Now, my problem is not as much her birth or her lineage but the fact that she cannot relate to probably even 0.000001% of the people in the country and also the fact that her knowledge and opinions on issues of national interest are zilch.

Anonymous said...

sonia gandhi is the real bitchy pm... singh juz bein the rubber toy in her shrewd game. the italian biatch is sellin the nation ppl.... and v r just lettin it b.... fuckd up folks... proud 2 b indian ?? think again.... congress is one pervertd whorehouse... on one side v have congressmen laying out their pricks for the italian madam... and on another side psycho's like k.karunakaran whose just following nehru's model of family over nation in kerala.... i mean nehru-gandhi's bringing dynastic rule back again aint it ... just wat leader wants 2 do with his kids in kerala ?? what does those mofos in congress think ?? do they thnk with their ballzz?

pity ma proud to be an indian huh??? italian indian u shud say ... rajiv gandhi's ITALIAN blowJOB is screwin out country ppl. and plz this is from within .... i dont give a fuck about what anyone thinks about this... face it.... the truth is v r letting a family run the country... in england they call it the monarchy.... screw the dynasty.... sadly the commies r juz joinin hands with nympho congressmen in lettin it happen... cant v work 2 change this....

Kick the filth out... no more dynasties no more italian fucks... just us ruling ourselves....


Anonymous said...

nee aarada LK Advaniyoo atho VS Achuwoo , mathieda mathi
--the prophet

Memoryking said...

Regionalism is a very bad idea which fosters division,hatred,fear and xenophobia.It doesn't matter whether It's an Italian who is ruling our nation ,It's that some bugger is ruling us.Democracy is a very bad idea,after all.Damn Democracy!,Damn Goverment!,Damn Politicians!,Damn so-called Public Servants!