An Indian view on history, current affairs and politics

October 17, 2017

The Manchurian Candidates

PM-KejriwalThis 1960 Novel by Richard Condon was a political thriller masterpiece. The plot revolved around a US presidential nominee. He had unknowingly been subjected to an extensive mind control program which in effect turned him into a puppet in the hands of his controller. He was propped up as a war veteran of impeccable character who also held a Medal of Honor from Iraq war. A combination the US public really loves to elect before things go haywire. Of course, this article is not a review of this old classic but i thought it would be prudent to give the reader a background.

I don’t think such a mind control technique is in existence till date. Irrespective of that, Indian political history is littered with examples of varying degrees of Manchurian candidates. Before we proceed, it’d be wise to establish a basic understanding. A Manchurian candidate is the public face, a person of acceptable, if not impeccable character. He is prone to manipulation or control from his handler on most if not all issues. The handler on the other hand will not or cannot be the public face. He uses the candidate for implementing an agenda which was never disclosed to the people.

A famous example is Rabri Devi. the illiterate wife of Lalu Yadav, who served three terms as chief minister but the defacto power remained with Lalu. Lalu couldn’t hold the post since he was accused of corruption while his wife, being the public face, submissively carried out his commands. She may not have achievements or an impeccable record to show for but her subservience to her controller was exemplary. There are thousands of examples where jailed leaders have put up their family members in elections. In recent elections in Rajasthan, a jailed leader who is facing charges of rape and murder, put up his 83 year old mother in his place. She could hardly speak and told the media she is a dummy and if elected, the real power will be with her jailed son.

These are, however, examples of candidates with varying degrees of Manchurian syndrome. How about a perfect Manchurian candidate? Our current prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh seems to fit the bill. He speaks when told to, almost always a written script. He does or does not do things as instructed by high command. His loyalty to Madam can put man’s best friend to shame. He is immune to insult and humiliation as seen in case of his ordinance that high command’s son tore up and threw in garbage. Funny even his demeanor resembles that of a robot. As he nears end of his second term as PM, almost everyone in country knows he might be the PM but the real power lies with Congress party president Sonia Gandhi. He is not the only one guilty though. Given the way congress party functions, almost every senior leader is more than willing to act as instructed without any questions.

The recent entrant in the political landscape of India, AAP makes for an interesting case study in this regard. It’s a pity, how one of India’s most promising leaders Arvind Kejriwal is allowing himself to fall into this category. Arvind Kejriwal wasn’t exactly a house hold name till Janlokpal agitation. He had a background of relentless fight against corruption and working onsocial issues. His past and a clean image endeared him to civil society members like Anna, Kiran Bedi, Santosh Hegde. As Kejriwal went on with his aggressive campaign the original members of the movement withered away while new ones joined.

The coterie that surrounds Kejriwal today, doesn’t carry the same high morals as the erstwhile Anna team. Infact most of them are closet communists pushing naxal sympathetic agenda. From Yogendra Yadav, Prof Alok Kumar, Prashant Bhushan to other unknown members, none of them contested the Delhi elections and yet they’re the ones driving future strategies of the party. While the publicly acceptable face of Arvind Kejriwal charms the crowds with his anti corruption barbs, the politburo in the background is formulating policies with controversial stands on Kashmir, Naxalism, Nuclear power, terrorists and national security. From questioning encounter of terrorists to separate manifesto for Muslims. Promise of free water and cheap electricity, all find striking resemblance in communist party manifestos. The concept of Mohalla Samitis sounds similar to communes in the former soviet union. Kejriwal is no longer the man deciding and setting the agenda. Instead he is the one following what politburo decides.

It’s interesting to note that majority of the voters who chose AAP in elections don’t even know the name of AAP candidate they’ve voted for. With no real power or say in functioning of the party or the government, these AAP legislatures are nothing more than stooges. They act as rubber stamps while the real agenda is pushed by the unelected politburo.

All this, while not uncommon in Indian politics, is certainly disappointing, coming from Arvind and AAP. Rise of AAP promised a new breed of politics in India and yet the way things have gone, seems the promise will remain a pipe dream. The vicious communist agenda if pushed through, with the help of new breed of Manchurian candidates, will only poison an already morose and disillusioned populace with more cynicism.

  • Ratnesh

    In my openion even Mr. Modi is also a perfect example of Manchurian, it doesn’t matter if the agenda belongs to which class or party. The agendas are always what people wants in there life, menifesto doesnot show the real play of our political party.

    I think it doesn’t matter, who comes to power they all are same .

    At times even Balmiki was decoit but transformation happens to everyone. There are times when pray becomes predator ,its all what time will tell.

    • Rajat Bhuteja

      Really? Who is controlling Modi ? Modi cannot be Manchurian candidate because billions were spent by UPA to make him unacceptable to people. Modi controls others, no one controls Modi
      You understanding is wrong.

      • Ratnesh

        belivers of modi don’t want to see just they want to complain others. Open your eyes my friend

    • Vamsi Krishna

      your understanding is pathetic. Congress doesn’t need defamation campaign on modi if he was a sell out. Congress has enough money to buy a guy for billions.

  • reformist

    congress ka dalaal Kejriwal

  • oneofthebillion

    Well said ! AAP will announce all those freebies now. One, because they know they don’t want to last more than 6 months in the present shape.Two they want to feed the amplification of a cult carried out with the help of media. Three Now their only aim is to reduce the BJP seats.

    People should seriously think about the economics of free water or electricity, especially a landlocked city state like Delhi. Nothing comes free. If a govt or company gives you something free they may be looting you somewhere else. If Govt of Delhi is going to incur some losses by way of subsidizing water or electricity, they have to find out money for purchasing that much water etc.? As any govt is of people, they only have to pay for it. May be through increase in other items.

    BJP has to see the threat of AAP with the merit. They should form a team to counter this threat. The top brass should not a utter a word about them, but the special team should attack them especially on their marriage with congress. A mass cartoon poster campaign in Delhi will be good idea. BJP should float some independent agencies and do some SMS campaigns on this immoral alliance.

    AK could have been extra ordinary , if he sacrificed Delhi CM ship and went on a nation wide tour and garner support. He lost an opportunity. Now he has to deal with it with his Congress friends and US mentors.

    One thing is sure Indian voters are always correct, even in Delhi they were. After this entire AAP drama, people are left with no confusion….. AAP is making BJP alert, a better state than a possible complacency from full 4-0 victory. Now they cannot underestimate any of their opponents.

  • Sourabh Rey

    Kejriwal has started with the same mistakes as all other politicians –
    i.e. promises of free “things” e.g. water 700 litres. These promises
    of free are unsustainable, even though they sound good to the
    population – ultimately these freebies need to be paid for by the
    people one way or another. The good thing is he has not promised
    freebies for specific caste or religion.
    That said ending corruption is a noble goal – very difficult to
    achieve – but we should try, it cannot be worse than what we already
    have. any improvement, however small, is good. Go Kejriwal!

  • Vibha Bharti

    Kejriwal had no plans or had no systematic planning done for his promises? So how about other
    things? Are there plans or its all going to end up as wishful thinking?

  • Hiral Shah

    Kejriwal promised passing lokpal bill within 15 days of his Chief Minister-ship. Not the AAM ADMI asked him. Immediately after the Delhi results, he told all Delhi residents not to pay the bill till the electricity charges were not reduced by 50%. These utterances show that he is caught up with foot-in-mouth disease. He also swore on his children that he will not take the support of either Congress or BJP and is ready to go back to polls. Don’t you all see some kind of ad-hoc blabbering going on here. This is like a guy who hit a century in a street game blaming that international cricketers are all match-fixers and do not deserve to play for India. If he is really committed to all his poll promises and sending all corrupt Delhi politicians to jail, he has initiate as soon as possible. If he needs time, he should not talk about the proposed actions until he initiates them. I think he is just a loose cannon.

    • Amresh

      It is the re-emergence of new era of politics with new promises. People ackonwledging the new system are highly motivated. The start of such politics at the very nerve centre of India is nothing sort of miracle. But with the pace Mr. Kejriwal is going to change the current system, we are hopeful this will resonate in every corner of India very soon.

    • Priyesh Tripathi

      Haters will always find a reason to hate. I wish good luck to Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. I would like to say just one thing: Sir, I believe in you.
      Make us proud.
      Jai Hind.

  • Sanatan Dharmi

    What utter nonsense. Firstly, despite what the author may choose to believe, being a communist is not an insult for anyone not born in Amreeka. The Manchurian candidate was a ridiculous movie trying to catch in on red scare in the 1960s United States. It has no relevance to Bharat. Secondly, India calls itself a socialist state so the hostility to a socialist party (if indeed AAP is a socialist party) is laughable and betrays the prejudices of the author more than anything else. Finally, the author would do well to remember that
    the paragons of khaki chaddi virtue follow the economic policies of Swadeshi as laid down by Deen Dayal Upadhayay, a man who despised Capitalism in all its forms.

    Personally, a centre left party mainstream party is a very welcome development for Indian democracy since the Congress has become a centre right party while the BJP has become an extreme right party.

    • AAP ka BAAP

      You my friend are a perfect example of ignoramus. Maybe you should go and ask millions of people who spent their lives in communist states. You call yourself a sanatan dharmi, you should know communist view about religion. They hate religion. The stupid communists in India were supporting china during 1962 Indo china war. So your opinions about socialism originate from your ignorance.
      India maybe termed a socialist in constitution but in reality it is no longer a socialist society. Whatever prosperity india has is because we dumped that shitty ideology.

      You are a typical AAPtard which is evident from your low IQ and screwedup logic.

    • Vamsi Krishna

      Now this is the kind of morons who pervade the internet. Here is the moron, who regularly posted in the firstpost with his nonsense. anybody saying Congress as centre-right is the utmost fool. With its large than life subsidies and its leftist outlook, India remained a development backwater for most of the years since independence. Only in the absense of the baastardized gandhi family did the reform actually take place. The best years were from 1991 -2004 when most of the reforms were unleashed giving some confidence that some day we may see ourselves as developed.

  • AAP ka pAAP

    AAP seems to be Master stroke from Sonia…God Save India from these Gandy !

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