A Tale of Dynastic Politics in India

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The Nehru family ruled India for 40 years.
Jawaharlal Nehru – Prime Minister of India, 1947-1964
Indira Gandhi – Prime Minister of India, 1966-77 and 1980-84
Rajiv Gandhi – Prime Minister of India, 1984-89
Sonia Gandhi – Former President of Indian National Congress and UPA
Rahul Gandhi – President of Indian National Congress and MP
Priyanka Gandhi – Getting into Regular Politics now
Maneka Gandhi – Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development
Varun Gandhi – Member of Parliament for Lok Sabha

The Yadav family in Bihar has been hopping in and out of power for many decades.
Lalu Prasad Yadav -Former Bihar Chief Minister, Former Railway Minister
Rabri Devi – Former Bihar Chief Minister
Mulayam Singh Yadav – Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Former Defence Minister
Shivpal Yadav – Minister in Uttar Pradesh
Ram Gopal Yadav – Minister in Uttar Pradesh
Akhilesh Yadav – Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Dimple Yadav – Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha

The Abdullah Family in Jammu and Kashmir is a prominent name in the political scene of the valley.
Sheikh Abdullah – Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Begum Akbar Jahan Abdullah – Member of Parliament
Farooq Abdullah – Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Omar Abdullah – Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
Ghulam Mohammad Shah – Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

The Gowda Family in Karnataka is wielding power in state politics.
H D Devegowda – Prime Minister of India, 1996-97
H D Kumaraswamy – Current Chief Minister of Karnataka
H D Revanna – State Cabinet Minister of Public Works
Anita Kumaraswamy – Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly

And, the list goes endless…

Welcome to Dynastic Politics of India

Since the Indian independence in 1947, India has been a witness to Dynastic Politics.

For some political families in India, politics means wielding power at the centre or state.

On closer look, regardless of the state, at least one family has dominated its power at their state politics. For example Karunanidhi family in Tamil Nadu, Charan Singh family in Uttar Pradesh, and so on.

Political leadership should not be the result of one’s inheritance.

Indian citizens have the right to choose their leader.

It’s time we ponder over this question,
Is Dynastic Politics good for India and its states?

Think!

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