Amaravati: “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
Despite all the excitement and thrills, and to the testament of the abilities of the underdogs, with lesser-known teams consistently rising up to the challenge from their lionised opponents, the recently concluded FIFA World Cup also witnessed a dubious record of scoring “self-goals” by the players of great repute.
Thus, a good number of players had scored “Own Goals” spoiling their own stats and in the process future of their career too.
It seems, the trend of scoring “Own goals” is not just confined to FIFA World Cup, but it is also caught up with our politicos in the public school of AP politics.
The recent personal attacks on Pawan Kalyan by YS Jagan, according to analysts, is one such example of our politicos getting caught up with scoring self-goal syndrome.
Four years after the defeat in the elections, YS Jagan appeared to have gained wisdom of his political follies and was turning out to be a lionised opponent to Chandrababu, the Current Champion.
But, his personal attack on Pawan Kalyan, the underdog of AP politics, somehow, reflects that YS Jagan is susceptible to repeat his blunders and is prone to score own goals.
It seems that he is inspired by the infectious song “Ye umar hai kar le, Galti se Mistake, Beta” (This is the time, make a Mistake by Mistake, my son) from the Bollywood movie “Jagga Jassos”, and is not a bit hesitant to audaciously think that it was time to make mistakes by mistake and still believe that he could never put wrong foot forward.
By arrogating to personal attacks on Pawan Kalyan, who is yet to gain credibility of his own confused “Ism”, Jagan has proved his detractors right that he is a novice who displays a political trait at which he appeared to be a politician who never wanted to do right things, play safe and please everyone.
In doing so, he had unwittingly gave a political space to Pawan Kalyan, who had been treading a directionless politics vacillating between confusion and dilemma, so far, to seek a plank with which to hit the headlines.
When YS Jagan, first embraced politics, he was challenging a powerful opponent and difficult political circumstances, while he was being revered as an unmistakably astute businessman turned charismatic political hero rebelling openly against the powerful Congress High-command.
There is no change in the challenge part except it was against Congress High-Command then, and Chandrababu, the powerful, experienced politician now, he is waging his political war with.
Though, the challenge remained the same, the script fast changed in the context of traditional paradigms of AP’s cunning and hard core politics.
In his short span of political career, he has been accused of being a leader “suffering from a “Compulsive CM post Obsession Disorder” and an “Immature” politician unfit to challenge the political craftiness of Chandrababu Naidu.
The present “Perceived” undercurrent anti-incumbency against Babu has provided him the unique opportunity to implement a ‘surgical’ strategy to turn things around.
But, alas, his style of politics vis-à-vis exploiting the opportunity aproved that he is still political novice and still has not understood correct politics.
He appears to be repeating the same mistake that he had been doing by Mistake- His obsession for “Opponent Bashing”.
He had so far managed to expose Chandrababu Naidu’s ambivalence on special status and his politics over it and all appeared to be on the correct path.
But, for his sudden outburst with personal attack on Pawan Kalyan, who, given the current perception, is hardly a force to take notice of.
Instead of concentrating to convince the people on the allegations of his strange relations he enjoys with BJP with his low key criticism of betrayal of the BJP on SCS promise, he needlessly directed his politics by indulging in personal attacks on an opponent who is just finding no way ahead.
If his failure to counter the allegations of Babu on his alleged clandestine deal with the BJP and that Modi-Shah have been using him to hatch a conspiracy against TDP supremo is a “Cardinal Mistake”, his outburst against Pawan Kalyan is a “Serious Blunder”.
There was a time not long ago when YS Jagan was often featured in newspapers and channels for unlovely reasons such as CBI cases booked against him, but they hardly impacted his credibility among the public.
Babu’s ambivalence on SCS, gave him an opportunity to reposition himself as AP’s “tallest leader”, a never-say-die crusader against Babu’s uncanny politics and a fountainhead of populist politics of a wacky kind that even Karl Marx overlooked.
These epithets were bestowed on him by his admirers only because he began to take on Babu on SCS issue with the hungry zeal of one beast stalking another in the wild.
Jagan outdid his own politics of aggression when he took on Babu’s politics on SCS and almost created an image of an Armageddon between the sinner and the saint, but, with one stroke of personal abuse against Pawan Kalyan, he somehow, handed over a space for Pawan to gain more focus.
Well, in his perception, Pawan might be the “Covert” plant of Babu unleashed into the politics only to polarise anti-TDP votes and to dent Jagan’s prospects.
But, it doesn’t call for such serious mistakes, where one scores own goal to give the space for a confused opponent a foothold in the run up to the elections.
Attacking Pawan Kalyan, thus, is strategic mistake…which might help Babu to turn the tables on him, as Pawan gains some space to shed his “Confusion” to attack Jagan.
As, in the fight between Jagan and Pawan, it is Babu who would walk out of the battle all smiling.