Nitish Kumar: an impractical idealist
Nitish Kumar is a very honest, sincere and hard working leader who is an uncompromising idealist. He is held in high esteem by secular politicians and is expected to be the focal point around which most of the secular politicians will gather to face fundamentalist right forces led by the BJP.
When such a reliable and respectable man imposes prohibition in Bihar and bans even toddy all of a sudden, it is surprising. He considers neither about the loss of the revenue, nor does he think of the loss of life due to drinking of hooch, the spurious liquor. It is not un-natural because an idealist is generally over enthusiastic. In his zeal, he doesn’t care about the impracticability of a plan. An idealist is not a pragmatist. He lives in ivory tower or in dream land. He descends on the surface of reality when he is shocked by failure or defame, though Nitish Kumar is gifted with a sense of premonition. He smells danger and changes his strategy accordingly.
Recently strategy of Nitish Kumar to prevent summer fires in Bihar is very interesting and thought provoking. His ordered to ban hawans and limited the hours of cooking. This is more troublesome than the fire itself. In his over enthusiasm he seem to have forgotten that India, especially Bihar is a country of the poor where the majority of the people have not the facilities of modern life like gas connection, cooker or modern utensils. Lacs of people still cook food on fire using traditional fuel like wood or cow dung cakes. They cook before going to factories or fields in the morning and after returning from there in the evening. If cooking time is limited, it will enhance people’s misery who are already leading a harassed and miserable life. It will be difficult to control and prevent them from revolting against the government because what disturbance can hungry people not commit! Therefore, Nitish Kumar should try to find out some other means to fight fire than keeping people hungry and thus provoking them to violate law and create law and order problem in Bihar.
This is a well known fact that the next general election will take place in 2019 unless it is scuttled by the BJP on flimsy grounds because the BJP is capable of everything with the help of the RSS and other fundamental organizations, if it fears that it will loose it. Our respectable prime minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee postponed elections for one year on the plea of war with Pakistan in Kargil. God knows what Modi will do. But we should hope that it will not happen again and general election will take place on time. So Shri Nitish Kumar has already started planning for it. He has appealed to all the secular minded party and people to come together and oppose the communal and retrograde the BJP, a common enemy. He has got favorable reply from some politician like Sharad Pawar, the chief of the NCP, but the biggest hurdle in the grand plan of Shri Nitish kumar is Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav, the patron of the SP, who also has the ambition to be the prime minister. The leaders of his party have not wasted time to oppose Mr Nitish Kumar’s plan of uniting opposition forces. The ruling party will certainly take benefit of this disarray among opposition parties and will adopt the policy of divide and rule.
Shri Nitish Kumar should beware of all this. Therefore, he should implement only pragmatist policies and plans. No doubt, he is honest sincere and hard working. He wants the welfare of people from the core of his heart, but he should not forget what is really good for common people. Only then he will succeed in his effort of defeating Goliath and will be the real David of india.
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