Rahul Rajiv Gandhi, the vice-president of Indian National Congress (INC) is a polarising politician. The ‘Yuvraj’ of Congress has been a parliamentarian for the past 13 years and has always been talked about as the natural heir of the Congress party. Congress, which was in power during 2004-14 suffered a colossus defeat in the 2014 general elections, and could only muster 44 seats and were wiped out of the electoral map of India. The government headed by Narendra Modi has no love lost with the ‘chosen one’ of Congress and Gandhi scion chose most of his time in his speech dissecting the current dispensation’s failure and mal governance.
Rahul Gandhi, in his speech on ‘India at 70’ talked about various issues such as jobs, growth, intolerance, cow vigilantism, lynching, dynasty, development and overall painted a picture of India under PM Modi’s regime. India is world’s largest democracy and the republic of India is at the point where the shackles are being broken and India is on its way to become a global player in the near future.
Rahul Gandhi discussed in his speech about dynasty and said that he is being unfairly targetted over the subject and gave the example of Bollywood’s superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek Bachchan and also said India’s most successful businessman Mukesh Ambani is also a dynast. Gandhi conveniently side steps the issue that politics is for public service and not to make a career out of it. Every political party in India has today become a dynast and is promoting nepotism blatantly and that includes BJP, which calls itself ‘party with a difference’. Gandhi also gave his two cents on social fabric of India and how India is becoming intolerant, lynchistan and the very idea of India being a secular country is at risk. Gandhi again needs to look at history and understand that his grand old party Congress always played to the gallery and indulged in vote bank politics and always championed the course of pseudo secularism to garner votes. The recent killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh happened under the Congress government and the murderers of rationalists MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare have still not been caught. All of the murders took place when Congress was in power at the state of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The opposition over the past three and a half years have constantly attacked the Modi government and so far the results have been mixed one. BJP is currently ruling in 18 states and Rahul Gandhi, who could have taken the lead in unifying opposition has failed to do his job as an able and robust opposition leader. The Indian democracy has faced many challenges and Rahul Gandhi who chose to target the government overseas. It doesn’t look good and shows India in a poor light.
The idea of a democracy lies in dialogue and dissent and Rahul has to unite opposition if they were to have any chance before the 2019 general elections. Rahul Gandhi cannot get away by exaggerating facts and also has to look within for what Congress did in their time while running the country. The game of one-upmanship will not benefit anyone and Rahul is smart enough to know that.
Post Script: As Rahul Gandhi embarked upon the two-week tour of America, prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have already started their preparations for the Gujarat assembly polls, which will be held later in December. Just an observation!