Is it not the biggest mystery of our times that Rahul Gandhi, the most decent, sophisticated, well-groomed politician of our times is taken least seriously not just by the highly biased and prejudiced media but also the well-meaning public.
Is it his fault that he belongs to the ruling Congress Party. But that is not his fault. He inherited the party and it runs in his genes. But loyalty is an outdated concept today, whether in personal life or professional. Maybe for a reluctant politician like Rahul Gandhi that is being held against him.
The UPA has come to its present state in public perception because of some so called scams whose truth is yet to be established. While no balanced person in the country blames Manmohan Singh for personal dishonesty for these Rahul is being held responsible for not taking action against the corrupt ministers. Is that fair?
Damned if he acts damned if he does not
Even since he joined politics to help his mother he made it clear that he is interested only in organizational work and he has scrupulously maintained the dividing line between organization and the government as has his mother Sonia Gandhi. Is that a crime?
But Modi who insists on calling him Shedhzada to attract media attention and the whistles of front–benchers in meetings can never appreciate such nuances. His own projection drama as the PM in waiting for the BJP for 2014 by the RSS, which claims to be a social organization, is one of the most blatant examples in recent times of bull-dozing and black-mailing of senior and decent leaders like L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to make way for a crude Modi. And yet the mobs are taking Modi seriously and making fun of every utterance of Rahul Gandhi.
But when Rahul decides to dump an ordinance that would have permitted politicians with criminal background to contest elections, everyone, from the all-knowing media and tongue-in-cheek politicians accuse Rahul of belittling the dignity of the Prime Minister. He is damned if he acts and damned if he does not.
I will wait for the day Rahul becomes PM
I honestly feel that someone must come out with a collection of the various things that Rahul Gandhi has said in his private audiences with Congress leaders or in his more natural and eloquent interaction with students in various parts of the country. Reading just one report of his talk at Aligarh Muslim University when the students asked him to include more members of the minority community in the party changed my views about him. Wish others could also read that.
Unfortunately not even his own party seems to be taking the country’s most eligible candidate for Prime Minister seriously. It is a sadist truth that a country gets a leader it deserves.
I for one, will wait till the country is ready to accept Rahul Gandhi as its Prime Minister.
By Amitabh Srivastava