When the UPA came to power in 2004, the Sensex tanked and the people were quite unsure about Manmohan Singh as a Prime Minister.
The UPA moved with great caution. The National Advisory Commission was set up trying to take help from all kinds of experts. The crucial RTI Act and the popular Mahatma Gandhi NREGA came into effect.
Healthcare and education reforms were discussed and Manmohan even put the government on the line to make India energy-reliant in the form with the help of nuclear power.
In the 2009 elections even the Congress didn't think it would gain seats and that is exactly what it did.
What happens to a humble and sincere government? Voila! It gets re-elected!
But immediately after that, humility was thrown aside and arrogance stepped in.
A theory started being propagated that the BJP had no chance of returning in 2014 and so the UPA was assured of power till 2019!
Some Congress leaders started pushing Rahul Gandhi for the PM's post even though Manmohan probably should get the greatest credit.
The unraveling probably started in the Bihar elections, where the Congress got totally decimated.
The government's "Bharat Nirman" campaign is reminiscent of NDA's "India Shining".
Baba Ramdev was first treated with too much respect, then with too little.
The UPA tried to fool the nation with a weak Lokpal Bill.
Finally if anyone shares the biggest credit for making Anna Hazare what he is today, it has to be the Congress.
They arrested him. The Congress spokespersons unloaded such bile on the old man that it even made some Congress supporters cringe.
Rahul's historic Lok Sabha speech looked angry and irrelevant.
When the Anna fast ended, the government could have still taken a high ground for 2014. Just table a strong Lokpal Bill and put electoral and judicial reforms on the fast track.
That would just about shut everyone up.
But the vindictiveness continues with each and every opponent well into September.
Baba Ramdev: ED investigation. Anna Hazare: Delhi Police case over Ramlila Grounds misuse. Shanti Bhushan: Delhi Police says the CD against him is genuine. Prashant Kejriwal: IT and privilege notices. Kiran Bedi: Privilege notice. Prashant Bhushan: Privilege notice. Om Puri: Privilege notice. Kumar Vishwas: IT notice...
Even the late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Reddy finds himself on a CBI chargesheet thanks to the campaign against his son Jagan.
There's a saying: Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
In New Delhi, power leads to arrogance and absolute power leads to total arrogance.
What chance does the BJP have of winning in 2014? Practically none.
What chance does the Congress have of beating the Congress in 2014?
That will be an interesting answer that will pan itself out in the next couple of years.
Image: BJP activists use donkeys carrying photographs of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against the hike in fuel prices in Bangalore.
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In Indian politics, you are never really out of the PM's race!
The author is a Bangalore-based journalist and blogger. He blogs at http://sunilrajguru.com/