In Mahabharata, Kuru King Dhritarashtra’s advisor Sanjaya’s job was not as hard, until he had to tell Dhritarashtra the news of the death of his hundred sons at the hands of Bhima at different points of time in Kurukshetra.
Today, the former spokesperson of Indian National Congress (INC) party and author of this book, Sanjay Jha, has a tougher task on hand as compared to that of Sanjaya.
Vocabulary, when infused with creative intelligence, has its own charm. ‘Politainment’ is one such term from the author’s mind-lab, a glimpse of which we get throughout the read. After all, Jha himself had been the most vocal part of it for a sizable number of years.
Sharp and straightforward observations by Jha, makes the book a balanced, yet truthful read. Former Congress party spokesperson admits that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inexhaustible energy, ruthless ambition and insatiable appetite for power, transformed the BJP from a modest threat to the Congress to an unassailable, monstrous machine. The Congress and Rahul Gandhi made the fatal mistake of underestimating his impact on the national stage.
The book goes on to reveal that the Congress has appeared to be on a suicide mission since 2011, when it appeared clueless in taking on the anti-corruption movement with its clear political agenda. At the slightest whiff of a scandal, it would express righteous indignation and ask the accused leaders to resign. This strategy boomeranged.
Last year, the V-Dem Institute, an independent research institute based at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), who is into publishing worldwide democracy reports since 2017, had stated that India was on the verge of losing its status as a democracy. On March 11, 2021, the institute stated India is no longer an ‘electoral democracy’, classifying the country as an ‘electoral autocracy’ instead, noting that much of the decline in democratic freedoms occurred after the BJP and Narendra Modi’s victory in 2014.
Unlike Dhritarashtra who was born blind, Congress lost its vision over a period. When Jha tried to play his role as an advisor, he stood suspended for his outspokenness.
Will ‘The Great Unravelling’ help Congress regain its lost vision and emit a ray of hope for Jha and several Indians for the revival of Mahatma Gandhi’s India? If not, permanent blindness shall be the only outcome for Congress Party with no modern Sanjaya by its side.