Taming a rogue politician
Digvijaya Singh's nefarious statements are as worrisome as his boss Rahul Gandhi's silence over them. Is Singh executing a script?
In 2003, as Madhya Pradesh CM, Digvijaya Singh suffered a humiliating defeat in the Assembly elections held in the state; a defeat so earth-shattering for him that he apparently lost his sense of proportion, swearing never to accept a government post for the next 10 years. After all, the person who wiped him off Madhya Pradesh was a mere sanyasin (Uma Bharti) towards whom Singh (who is supposedly the heir of a royal clan) had always had a condescending attitude.
Several years later, in 2010, the disgruntled Singh embarked upon a vindictive, communal campaign that sabotaged national interests at will.
First, Singh paid a political pilgrimage to Azamgarh when he visited homes of suspected terrorists killed in the Batla encounter, thus undermining his own government's position, besides insulting the sacrifice of the valiant slain cop, M C Sharma who was killed in that encounter. Later Singh lied through his teeth when he said the slain Maharashtra ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) chief Hemant Karkare faced a threat from right wing fundamentalists. When asked for evidence, there was little he could provide beyond a call record from a landline number of the Maharashtra ATS.
As if that was not enough, Singh came down to Mumbai to release a book called '26/11: An RSS conspiracy'- the name, providing enough hint of it being indoctrination, rather than a book.
Strangely this happened at a time when Chidambaram kept handing over documentary evidence to Pakistan proving its hand in 26/11. How then does Singh's act not amount to sedition? It compromised the government's stand internationally on what will remain the most humiliating attack on India's self esteem.
Then after the recent 13/7 attack on Mumbai, Singh said he does not rule out the hand of RSS. Now isn't that a direct attempt to shield the real culprits? Given his penchant for visiting infamous homes, can one rule out Singh knowing who the culprits are? After all, given the complexities of the case, none of India's leading investigative agencies has yet issued any statement about who could be behind the attacks. How does Singh then know what our investigative agencies do not?
Once again Singh, with his nefarious statements, has tried to give terrorism a communal color. Yet again, he has harmed national security interests by embarrassing the government, besides hurting the sentiments of a vast section of people.
Is there no way a rogue like Singh can be tamed?
What is even more appalling is the Congress party's enigmatic silence over Singh's remarks. For a long time, Singh succeeded in keeping everybody confused about whether he was just another loose canon or if he was enacting someone's script. But with the continued patronage that he enjoys from Rahul Gandhi, there's no further ambiguity on that score.
And that only raises the larger question: who will tame this rogue? It certainly won't be the Congress party for sure.
More about Tuhin A Sinha
Tuhin A. Sinha is an author, scriptwriter and columnist based in Mumbai, India.
Tuhin was born in Jamshedpur. He has studied at Loyola School, Jamshedpur, Hindu college, Delhi and the National Institute of Advertising, New Delhi.
Tuhin is best known for his novels, Of Love And Politics, That Thing Called Love and 22 Yards. That Thing Called Love is now out in several regional languages as well. Tuhin has scripted several TV shows, apart from having worked as story/script/creative consultant with leading Film and TV production houses.
Tuhin is also a guest columnist with TOI, DNA and some lifestyle magazines. A keen observer of national politics, the subject finds its way in many of Tuhin’s writings.
Tuhin is presently working on his fourth book, the Autobiography.
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