Indian political parties have become ‘feudal’: Ousted rail minister

Party members are scared that if they say something against the leader or the decision taken by the chief, they would not get the election ticket next time, said former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi

Washington:  Removed unceremoniously as India's Union railway minister at the behest of Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, party MP Dinesh Trivedi Thursday said that most of the political parties in India, particularly the regional ones, have become 'feudal' where decisions are taken at the whims and fancies of their leaders, reports PTI.

 "Sycophancy or 'chamchagiri' is not serving any leader," Mr Trivedi, who is here as part of a Parliamentary delegation, told PTI.

 "... slowly, slowly for the last few years a very dangerous trend has come in where most of the political parties have become feudal. There are no internal democracies at all, issues are not debated, issues are not discussed.

"Whatever the head of the party? I am not talking about one political party, I am speaking in general that it is carried on, there is never a debate about it," he said.

In such a situation, he argued party members are scared that if they say something against the leader or the decision taken by the chief, they would not get the election ticket next time.

 "At the end of the day for me, country comes first, then comes the family and then comes the party," he said, making it clear that he was speaking in his personal capacity and not as a spokesperson of Trinamool Congress.

Comments
J CHATTERJI
9 years ago
In India, self-realisation comes to ex-civil servants after their retirement and after all their chances of securing post-retirement resettlements are exhausted. For politicians, they become "realised souls" (temporarily, of course, until rehabilitated in some other party in power-sharing arrangement)ater they are ousted from power/minitership. This being the reality, it would sppear strange that the ex-Rail Minister has taken so many years in power business to understand the feudal character og the "parties" in India, though most of these so-called "parties" are indeed "pressure groups" formed by certain individuals. But, the the fact of the matter is that the character of all parties in India, of all hues and colours, have traditionally been feudal in basic nature. Not now, but ever since the Idian polity in its present "avatar" has surfaced, since the colonial days.
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