27 January, 2021

Death Of Dissent

Few are willing to inherit Rajesh Pilot's rebel legacy openly

Death Of Dissent

The man is dead but his legacy lives on. Though few are willing to don his mantle openly. Tributes from fellow Congressmen were worded cautiously, subtly avoiding comment on his ability to stand up and speak out against the party high command. And so, even after his death in a road accident at Dausa, Rajasthan, on June 11, Pilot remains the lone symbol of dissent.

The predicament of associating themselves with Pilot's politics has become worse now for people like CWC member Jitendra Prasada, who are seen to be throwing a challenge to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Any reference to Pilot now would be interpreted as an attempt to fill up the void left by Pilot's demise. Even though Prasada has decided to go ahead with the series of public meetings which began last month in UP, Pilot's absence will be a setback to this effort. For, it was he who openly spoke of the poor state of the Congress at public meetings in Jhansi and Lucknow and called upon Congress workers to "rejuvenate" the party. Clearly, the meetings were danger signals for UPCC chief Salman Khursheed,...



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