Rahul Gandhi’s emotional ‘atyachaar’

By Biplob Ghosal | Updated: Oct 26, 2013, 09:59 AM IST

Biplob Ghosal

At a time when the populace is reeling under the pressure of deep economic crisis, spiraling food and fuel prices, corruption and political apathy, Congress’ ‘Yuvraaj’ Rahul Gandhi’s ‘emotional’ election rally outbursts are nothing but a joke.

While delivering lecture-like speeches, the political heir of Congress party seems to forget or becomes ignorant of the fact that 65 percent of the country’s population is estimated to be under the age of 35, and this generation seems to be less interested in knowing about former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination saga or what his mother Sonia Gandhi tells him, and instead wants a clean political system, employment, quality education, good health care facilities and controlled inflation.

It seems, however, the Congress’ ‘youth leader’ doesn’t have anything to offer, except narrating stories from history. Well, if Rahul wanted to strike an emotional chord ahead of elections, he should have also apologised for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, which were allegedly orchestrated by his own party workers.

Rahul began his October 23 Churu speech by saying that his mother had asked him to share his own story and not hers if he had to. And the Congress vice president continued his Bollywood-style emotional ‘atayaachar’.

Seldom does Rahul expresses his views in public; but ahead of polls, the Gandhi scion is on campaigning spree and moving from one state to another, raking up his dynasty history.

Being in limelight for all these years, Rahul has never missed a chance to describe himself as the voice of the oppressed, but has always shied away from speaking on pertinent issues like increasing prices, economy, coal blocks allocation scam, 2G spectrum scam, 2010 Commonwealth Games scam and Lokpal Bill. All said and done, Rahul should be given a huge round of applause for rejecting the controversial ordinance moved by the Centre, negating the Supreme Court verdict on lawmakers, and terming it as "a complete nonsense”. Though, the timing was questionable – it was better late than never.

What does Rahul want to convey with his touching speeches?

"My grandmother was murdered. My father was murdered. Now I may also be killed one day. I don`t care about it." Rahul’s words in Churu made headlines not just in India but across the world.

It seems the Gandhi scion wants to cash in on the votes by recounting his family’s loss. However, he needs to understand that people have moved forward and want to know his vision about the modern India and not just the episodes mentioned in school books.

Rahul, in his October 23 rallies in Rajasthan, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of sparking communal tensions in the country for political benefits. Well, before accusing the principal opposition party, the Congress vice president also needs to answer about his party’s role in Hashimpura massacre, Bhagalpur riots, 1969 Gujarat riots and 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Rahul is giving an impression that he wants to garner votes for his party, which is in doldrums, by playing the secular card against the BJP, which has projected Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, who certainly has a very good track record of development.

It is a known fact that no political party is ‘secular’, and each reaps benefits by dividing the society on religion and caste lines to gain political mileage.

It’s obvious that the Congress leader is raking an emotional pitch to garner votes as he has nothing to talk about Congress-led government’s performance. Whether the Congress vice president`s attempt to woo the electorate on emotional and personal issues will have any bearing on the outcome of the Assembly and parliamentary polls would be clear in few months, at present it is certainly getting overdosed.