Those who do not know the meaning of dynasty are trying to convince Indians that we are ruled by a Dynasty. However, they fail to name the dynasty! For very long time, India was ruled by one party not by one dynasty. Every Indian must understand the difference. If you look in the dictionary, below is the definition of dynasty :
A line of hereditary rulers of a country.
Nehru was the first prime minister of India. He had no son. Therefore, his dynasty ends with him. He was succeeded by fellow Congressman Lal Bahadur Shastri, whose 19-month term also ended in death. Then came the Gandhi dynasty which started with Indira Gandhi (w/o Feroze Jehangir Ghandy). Indira Gandhi, Nehru’s daughter, succeeded Shastri in 1966 to become the country’s first woman premier. Eleven years later, she was voted out of power in favour of the Janata Party, whose leader Morarji Desai became the first non-Congress prime minister. After he resigned in 1979, his former deputy Charan Singh briefly held office until Indira Gandhi was voted back six months later. Indira Gandhi’s second stint as Prime Minister ended five years later on the morning of 31 October 1984, when she was gunned down by her own bodyguards. That evening, her son Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as India’s youngest premier, and the third from his family.
Rajiv’s five-year term ended with his former cabinet colleague, V. P. Singh of the Janata Dal, forming the year-long National Front coalition government in 1989. A six-month interlude under Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar followed, after which the Congress party returned to power, forming the government under P. V. Narasimha Rao in June 1991. Rao’s five-year term was succeeded by four short-lived governments—the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee for 13 days in 1996, a year each under United Front prime ministers H. D. Deve Gowda and I. K. Gujral, and Vajpayee again for 19 months in 1998–99. After Vajpayee was sworn-in for the third time, in 1999, he managed to lead his National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government to a full five-year term, the first non-Congressman to do so. Vajpayee was succeeded by Congressman Manmohan Singh, the first Sikh premier, whose United Progressive Alliance government was in office for 10 years between 2004 and 2014. The incumbent Prime Minister of India is Narendra Modi who has headed the BJP-led NDA government since 26 May 2014 which is India’s first non-Congress single party majority government
Out of 70 years of independence, Nehru-Gandhi family ruled for 38 years intermittently, whereas for rest 32 years India was ruled by different political and Non Gandhi-Nehru so called dynasty. Both Congress and BJP are run by families. Congress is run by Gandhi-Nahru family and BJP run by SANGH Family (Pariwaar). However, none of them can be called dynasty.
Hence, India is not ruled by dynasty but by different political parties. Calling India a dynastic rule is wrong and must be avoided. However, some people want to generate political mileage by calling Congress-dynasty crook, which as you can see above is not correct. On one hand, BJP supporters call Sonia Gandhi Italian and do not allow her to became prime minister. On other hand they call Congress a Dynasty! If Sonia Gandhi, the ex-president of Congress party does not belongs to Gandhi family then how congress can be a dynasty?
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But you must admit that the Congress is succumbing to dynasty. When Indira Gandhi died, they immediately swore in Rajiv Gandhi. He had no political experience; he was a pilot. When he died, they gave his anti-political wife the job. Now Rahul Gandhi has become head. This smacks of dynasty.
There are so many capable people in Congress who can become PM like Shashi Tharoor or Kharge. But they recourse to the dynasty. They need to stop this
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I agree that there are many capable people in Congress other than Gandhi family members. However, you have not read my post fully. There were many non Gandi and Nehru family members who rule as PM in between. Just red it once from start to end. Thanks for your comment.
I agree that there have been non-dynasty Congress prime ministers. However, these have generally been because of problems with the dynasty acceding.
I believe however that it was with Indira Gandhi that the dynasty really started; Nehru didn’t want dynasty. However, she centralised it and made the Congress subservient to her and Sanjay Gandhi.
Even if we take it on a case by case basis, we can see dynasty.
1- Nehru. The whole thing starts with him, but he discouraged dynasty, so you can’t blame him.
2-Gulzarilal Nanda. Acting pm, not important
3-Shastri. Dynasty was yet to happen. Probably the only imp non-dynasty Cong pm who became a pm in his own right
4-Indira Gandhi. She centralises power. Dynasty sets in proper.
5-Rajiv Gandhi. Congress bows to dynasty.
6-Narasimha Rao. Happened because Rajiv Gandhi was dead, Sonia Gandhi refused to join politics, and Rahul Gandhi was a kid.
7-Manmohan Singh. Happened because Sonia Gandhi had the wholr ‘you-are-not-an-Indian’ thing which I think is stupid, and because Rahul was still very young (early 30’s).
And now Rahul is pm candidate for 2019. Isn’t this dynasty?
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Instead of accepting that chain is broken in between, you are giving excuses why it happened. Anyhow, if you already made your mind i can’t change it.
It is broken, I agree, but the Congress always falls back to dynasty. They need to elect people on merit, and they have so many that could be.
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That’s why they are suffering so badly now a days. Rahul Gandhi was a wrong choice as PM candidate. Unfortunately we Indians have limited choice. I prefer AAP as better alternative in future.
Same here! I completely agree with this.