By Benami Buster
Politics is the art of the impossible said Ottovon Bismarck – the German Chancellor. . The term “politics” is not such a bad word at all. In English as a noun it means “art and science of administration of government”. People in “politics” in a parliamentary form of democracy derive their legitimacy to be in public life, and be in the art of “governance” through people’s ballot. Many politicians in the present day world master the art of manipulation, conniving treachery and brazen self-promotion and ensconce themselves to the seat of power. They by their very presence in the field of activity, make “politics” a bad word, politicians detestable and the very polity a no go zone.
One person who in the recent past who eptiomises everything that is ugly about politics, politicians and polity is “benami chandrababu naidu”. His conduct and progress (at what cost) in life defines treachery, deceit, manipulation, malevolence. From the humble beginnings in life, he has risen to a stage, according to his own statement, where he telephonically decided who the Prime Minister of the Country should be. A country of one billion, got the Prime Minister this illegitimate, corrupt and a deceitful politician decided? One of the many tall claims of this person, who has absolutely no legitimacy of existence.
Route to ascendancy
A politician who started his political life as a Student leader in Sri Venkateswara University, thriving on violence, casteist fanaticism and other essential anti-democratic facets which have the tendency to capture people’s imagination in the short run. So building up his career, he became a MLA in State Legislature of A.P and became a Minister.
Thereabouts, his father-in-law, the cinema thespian, the icon of telugu film industry, Sri N.T. Rama Rao joined politics and started a Political Party by name Telugu Desam. Sri Naidu ridiculed his father in law by being in Congress, and then after Sri NTR rode the national politics in his own inimitable style, he built bridges with NTR and joined Telugu Desam party. He was aware that his connection to fame can only be by latching on to a person who is popular, charismatic, a good orator and above all, a genuine politician who can connect to the people. As a thinking (conniving) politician, he was aware, that he can never become
popular – owing to his distrusting and suspicious personality
charismatic – congential disability
a good orator – lacking in honesty and integrity to carry conviction
genuine politician – he cant be genuine towards anything or
anybody in life
His violent ways with his political opponents and also his congenital hatred towards kapu community had come to the fore, when it was widely believed that it was he who had planned the killing of vangaveeti mohan ranga rao, the popular politician from Krishna District. Of course, as with in any other case, he was not prosecuted.
When NTR went out of power, he stayed with him and when NTR came back to power in 1994, he became no. 2. The great human being that NTR was, had begun to be loyal to Lakshmi Parvathi, a biographer, who sought to write about NTR and took care of him, when NTR was out of power, when his own progeny and others disowned him. Since Naidu was being sidelined in the day to day politics, he engineered a split in the Telugu Desam Party in the year 1995, with the active support of another henchman Ramoji Rao a benami for the illgotten assets of Chandrababu Naidu. All the MLAs owing allegiance to Chandra babu Naidu were holed in a hotel by name Viceroy for 3-4 days and were allowed to indulge in all their fantasies. The scenes of NTR going in a vehicle to their hotel only to be thrown chappals at, is something etched in the minds of all the democracy loving people of the State. Naidu became the Chief Minister, on the basis of the mandate earned by Sri NTR and continued until 1999. He lacked the legitimacy of the popular leader, but with his conniving ways, managed to remain as such for the full term.
Come 1999, he latched on to Atal Bihari Vajpayee bandwagon, ditched the third front, for whom, he supposedly picked the Prime Minister, on telephone and got re-elected to power. All through his tenure as Chief Minister, he took pride in the fact that he has the unbridled power as C.E.O of the State, called himself a visionary, designed a document named “vision 2020” and he epitomizes pachydermy.
He killed domestic industry, agrarian sector, rural sector and pandered to foreign investment thereby alienating major sections of the society. He would think that with “eenadu” promoting and projecting him, he would ride on the wave of artificial hype created by Eenadu.
While all the pollsters and psephologists predicted Naidu’s loss by a distance, Eenadu published a front page story about an electoral meeting, in which hardly 10,000 people appeared under the title “jana chandrama”. So much was the blinded allegiance, on the basis of social affinity, (belong to the same caste) that Ramoji Rao created stories after stories eulogizing Sri Naidu, and late YSR, literally and metaphorically, “walked into one bastion after the other” of Sri Naidu, and came to power in 2004 in A.P. to hearld an era of concern of agrarian economy, basic needs, to bring a new definition to the concept of Welfare State.