Patna: Former Bihar chief minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav wife Rabri Devi justified dynastic politics, hinting that her children will join politics in here. “My sons and daughters will join politics at the right time. Our children will become leaders like us,” said Rabri Devi, obviously also referring to her husband and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad.
Rabri said “If an advocate’s son can become an advocate, a judge’s son can become a judge, an engineer’s son can become an engineer, why can’t a politician’s son become a politician?” She also said it was natural for politicians’ children to take to politics.
She further added “What is wrong about dynastic politics? It is not new. There are several family members including sons and daughters of politicians in politics across the country.”
While, there is speculation in political circles that Lalu Prasad’s and her younger son Tejaswi Yadav may enter active politics soon. Lalu Prasad in 2010 formally introduced Tejaswi in politics during state elections but he failed to make a mark. Since then, the young man has maintained a low profile.
Dynasty politics is an indicator of weak political systems like India, where politics is dominated by individuals rather than strong political institutions. The practice of dynasty politics is not restricted to North India. Au contraire, it seems widespread across the country.
In addition, the number of sons, daughters, wives and other relatives that politicians come attached with remind me of Bollywood. Talent takes a back seat, and nepotism rules.
Here are a few egregious examples of dynasty politics in India:
1: Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi,Rahul Gandhi, Varun Gandhi, Who’s next – Raihan and Miraya (Priyanka Gandhi’s children)??
2: S.B.Chavan, Ashok Chavan
3: M.Karunanidhi (Tamil Nadu), M.K.Stalin, M.K.Azhagiri, Kanimozhi, Murasoli Maran, Dayanidhi Maran
4: H.D.Devegowda (Karnataka),H.D.Revanna & H.D.Kumaraswamy
5: Vijayraje Scindia (Madhya Pradesh), Madhavrao Scindia, Vasundhara Raje Scindia (Rajasthan), Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Dushyant Singh
6: Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla (Madhya Pradesh), Shyama Charan Shukla and Vidya Charan Shukla
7: Devi Lal (Haryana), Om Prakash Chautala and Ajay Chautala
8: Mulayam Singh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Shibpal Yadab (brother of Mulyam), Akhilesh Singh Yadav and Dimpal Yadab(wife of Akhliesh)
9:Rajesh Pilot (Rajasthan) and Sachin Pilot
10: Biju Patnaik (Orissa) and Naveen Patnaik
11: S.Bangarappa (Karnataka) and Vasant Bangarappa
12: R.Gundu Rao (Karnataka) and Dinesh Gundu Rao
13: K.Karunakaran (Kerala) K.Muralidharan and Padmaja Venugopal
14: Sharad Pawar (Maharashtra) and Supriya Sule
15: Jagjivan Ram (Bihar) and Meira Kumar
16: Charan Singh (Uttar Pradesh) and Ajit Singh
17: Sheikh Abdullah (Jammu & Kashmir), Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah
18: M.G.Ramachandran (Tamil Nadu) and Janaki Ramachandran
19: N.T.Rama Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Chandrababu Naidu and Daggubati Purandareswari
20: Y S Rajasekhara Reddy (Andhra Pradesh), Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy
21: Sheila Dixit (Delhi) and Sandeep Dikshit