Of Political Coverts, Cohorts, Converts and Turn-Coats
It was Aristotle who described man as a political animal. Now that the largest democracy in the world is going for its 5-year rigmarole of general elections to elect who should rule, the human in man is discarded for the political animal which fights for its water-hole in this political jungle.
An overview of the present Indian political scenario is that of two political consortiums, one, UPA, led by the Congress and the other, NDA, spearheaded by the Bharathiya Janatha Party(BJP) in a tug of war for the supreme seat of authority in India.
Now a Third Front took shape with the initiative of the red-flagged Left parties. It has a mixture of political parties that do not have any truck with either UPA or BJP at the moment.
It is true that India lives in many ages. And it is a fact that there are as many political parties as there are various cultures, diverse communities, variegated castes, different creeds and divergent religions.
With a plethora of political parties of various hues and each of them hell-bent on securing power at any cost, the arena of Indian politics is ripe for the active emergence of Political Coverts, Cohorts, Converts and Turn-Coats.
The dictionary defines the word Covert as concealed; secret; disguised; covered; sheltered (adjective) and a covering; cover; a shelter or hiding place; concealment or disguise (noun) Therefore, a Political Covert can be defined as an X-party man masquerading as a Y-party man and functioning as a spy for the Y-party stealing strategies and tactics of X-party and updating the Y-party planners.
Recently, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Allu Aravind, general secretary of the fledgling Praja Rajyam Party (PRP), accused that some of those who deserted their parent parties and joined PRP are coverts and are kept under intensive observation.
If, by any chance, a covert becomes an overt, then the X-party can feed disinformation through the uncovered covert to misleed the Y-party.
Even the outlawed Naxalites kill innocent or otherwise villagers accusing them of being police coverts. Police encounter suspected or otherwise villagers as Naxal coverts.
Does that mean only extremists, police and politicians breed or befriend coverts? The answer would be too far fetched.
The dictionary defines Cohort as a companion or associate; an accomplice; abettor: a group of persons sharing a particular statistical or demographic characteristic (noun)
Every political party, at least in India, has a coterie of cohorts just like one of the ten divisions in the ancient Roman legion. Every politician uses these cohorts for in camera activities and for cover up jobs, particularly those involving violation of the Code of Conduct during elections.
The comfort level of every politician depends on the quality and quantity of cohorts.
For example, Mulayam Singh has Amar Singh, YS Rajasekhar Reddy has KVP Ramachander Rao and Sureedu, The BJP has Arun Jaitly, Mayavathi has Mishra, Sonia Gandhi has Ahmed Patel and so on.
When every politician, irrespective of party, violates every rule, left-right-and-center, can any politician deserve a cohort of admirers?
The dictionary defines Convert as To change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product; transform: To change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another; To persuade or induce to
adopt a particular religion, faith, or belief: (verb)
We, in India, know about converts and conversions. Though, four out of the eight living religions of this world took birth in this karma bhoomi, we Indians are steadfastly intolerant to any religious conversion. We do not recognize the right of an individual to choose his religion. We impose religion on hapless children. For us Indians, religion is something to flaunt about for mass appeal and not a private inner communion with the creator.
However, in politics, anyone can convert into any political party any number of times, since a political party is like a launch pad for any politician to rocket into the orbit of power.
Politicians of the world, unite; You have nothing to lose except the drought of power. You can convert power into money and vice-versa.
The dictionary defines a Turn-Coat as a person who goes over to the opposite side or party; traitor (noun). Its synonyms include renegade, betrayer, apostate, defector; deserter; It was the legendary Winston Churchill who was described by the great Malcolm Muggeridge as a turncoat when Winston shuffled political affiliations.
Now that you know who a turncoat is, should I burden you with an exhaustive list of Indian politicians who richly deserve the sobriquet of Turn Coat?
With India brimming with Political Coverts, Cohorts, Converts and Turn-Coats, isn’t it natural that the exquisite tribe of statesmen/women face extinction?