What does “Rahul Gandhi” mean to India ?
What does "Rahul Gandhi" mean to India ?
Rahul Gandhi, in some way, reminds us of that medieval prince. The way Hal keeps his true intentions hidden from the whole nation and the disdain he shows for authority and power, is very similar to the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
Rahul Gandhi’s predilection to shoot from the hip is proving to be a challenge for his party managers who have found themselves picking up repeatedly after the First Family heir. Yet in Uttar Pradesh recently, the gaffe-prone Congress general secretary — famously described by an American official as a “neophyte” without the chutzpah to become Prime Minister — outdid himself. The agitation by farmers protesting over land acquisition along the Yamuna Expressway was already into its second week, when Mr. Gandhi grandly entered the scene and appropriated what till then had been a united Opposition show.
After being in politics for more than seven years, the nation is still not able to read Rahul Gandhi’s mind. His nocturnal forays into the village inhabited by lower castes, his day outings with labourers working in fields, his passion for biking and gym – all send disparate signals.
With television cameras obliging, Mr. Gandhi threw off his security and courted arrest — all of which might have passed off as engaging theatrics had he also not proceeded to make the most incredible charge against the Mayawati government: that there were burnt bodies beneath the mounds of ash found in the twin Greater Noida villages of Bhatta and Parsaul! Although Mr. Gandhi said he had photographic evidence to prove his claim, no villager has come forward to substantiate the story that the administration had killed and burnt farmers in full public view.
Unsurprisingly, it was once again left to party managers to find a way out of the mess. The new line, endorsed by Mr. Gandhi himself, is that he was merely repeating a charge made by the villagers.
“I feel ashamed to call myself an Indian after seeing what has happened here. The [State] government here has unleashed atrocities on its own people
Please don’t be ashamed of Uttar Pradesh yet. Congress ruled the State for the Majority of the duration Pre Independence
to Post Independence.. from 1939 to 1989 ( barring the Periods of Emergency.. Thanks to your Grand Mom Indira G. and a couple of transitional Governments)
8 out of the total 14 Prime Ministers of India have been from UP, 6 out of those 8 have been from Congress…
I think your party had more than half a century and half a Dozen PM’s to build a State…
The Reason Mulayam Singh, subsequently came to Power is because your party wasn’t exactly Gandhian in their dealings in the State.. So May be If you look at in totality the present chaos in UP is the outcome of the glorious leadership displayed by Congress in UP for about 50 years!
So Please don’t feel ashamed as yet Dear Rahul.. For Mayawati is only using the Land Acquisition Bill which your party had itself used to LOOT the Farmers many times in the Past!
WHY DIDN’T YOUR PARTY CHANGE THE BILL WHEN IT WAS IN POWER FOR SO LONG?
Not that I Endorse what Mayawati is doing.. What Mayawati is doing is Unacceptable..
But the past actions of your party and your recent comments, puts a question mark on your INTENT and CONSISTENCY.
YOU REALLY WANT TO FEEL ASHAMED
But don’t be disappointed, I would give you ample reasons to feel ashamed…
During the 2007 Assembly election campaign in U.P., Mr. Gandhi claimed that the Babri Masjid would have been saved had his family been in power. But an even bigger blooper was when he spoke of the division of Pakistan as a glowing deed accomplished by his family; while nobody can take away from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s masterly handling of the constellation of events leading to the creation of Bangladesh, to present it as the division of Pakistan and as a family accomplishment was doubly shocking. Tragically for the farmers of U.P., Mr. Gandhi’s egregious brinkmanship has deflected attention from their genuine problems.
Prince Harry of the Congress party sees the crisis in Greater Noida as an opportunity to connect with the farmers who have traditionally not been Congress voters. The anger of the farmers against the Mayawati led government is an opportunity to stoke the fire of discontent across the state.
Mamta Bannerjee used the issue of land acquisition in West Bengal to unseat the 34 year old Left front government in the state. Similarly the Congress is trying to woo back the lower caste and the Muslim minority, who once used to constitute a solid vote bank for the party.
A victory in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh or a good performance there will be read as a sign of recovery for the party and a big morale booster for the organisation, which has virtually gone dormant since the 1980s. A good showing in the largest state of India will set the tone for the 2014 general elections.
Ground reports clearly point to excesses by the U.P. government in the two affected villages. Even if it was a fact that the agitation had been infiltrated by anti-social elements, as claimed by the Chief Minister, there was absolutely no justification for the police to act brutally against the villagers.
The Mayawati government would do well to realise that farmers cannot be arm-twisted anymore into accepting meagre compensation for fertile agricultural land acquired, among other things, for creating luxury villas and townships. For its part, the central government must realise that it must move quickly to put in place comprehensive Land Acquisition legislation that is fair, just, and primarily protective of the interests of millions of vulnerable farmers.
Do read this – An Open letter to Rahul Gandhi from Rajiv Sardesai
Source – The Hindu Editorial