Tuesday, 28 January 2014

A Frank Letter to Frankly Speaking Rahul Gandhi

Dear Mr. Rahul Gandhi,

It must have come as a real surprise to you that I am addressing you by your acquired family name (as your family name by birth was Raul Vinci) instead of calling you “Pappu”, as this nation lovingly calls you. However, watching your frank interview with Arnab Gos...wami yesterday, I for once is in a dilemma whether to admire you or pity on you for your this bold act of 80 long minutes though not that the nation was expecting something significantly different. Actually watching you during the interview reminded me of the famous “Balatkar” speech of Chatur Lingum in the popular movie “3 idiots”. Your party and it’s so called leaders have been systematically trying to convince this nation for last 10 years that you are it’s only hope and future Prime Minister even though whenever you have opened your mouth in public, it’s increasingly looking like “Peechle dus saal se apne nirantar iss desh ki balatkar pe balatkar kiye ja rahe hai”. Now after your interview yesterday, you have reinforced this belief even more that you simply lack what it takes to lead both the party and the nation. Today we are seeing that spokespersons of your party alongwith some journalists like Kumar Ketkar, Vinod Mehta etc. are getting emotional and trying to defend you for your brave performance though they realize that they are trying to defend the indefensible. You are being hailed as a visionary, honest, sincere and astute leader by them knowing very well that the Congress party always projects failure as success and that is what you have managed to do for yourself. It is perhaps the greatest tragedy for this nation to get a political leader and an aspiring Prime Ministers like you, whose utterances or silence on various important issues facing the nation, makes me wonder if we really deserved somebody as pathetic as you. I have a feeling that you have a born defect that you can’t even coherently put together any thought or idea even in your mind. But that a person with such incurable defect is being accepted and projected by the oldest political party in this country as the supreme leader and Prime Minister in waiting, demonstrates the level of flaw in the DNA of some of our own countrymen, who are leaders, supporters or sympathisers of Congress party. You are kind enough to give us a lot of entertainment at your and your party’s expense. People of this nation have come to accept that you can’t say anything intelligent and ready to trash your utterances, which are hailed by your party men as visionary comments. Only the dynasty worshiping, corrupt & criminal congress leaders, supporters and sympathizers still believe that there is a hidden wisdom in your speeches and comments. I just want to refresh your memory with some of your such so called startling “out of box (or mind?)” comments in the not so distant past:-

1. Politics is in your shirt, in your pant.
2. Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty.
3. In India, we have a concept of caste. If one belongs to a backward caste and wants to attain success then one need an escape velocity of Jupiter to attain that success.
4. China is referred to as the ‘dragon’ and India as an ‘elephant’. But we are not an elephant, we are a ‘beehive’.
5. Some riots took place in the country following the murder of Indiraji. We know the people were very angry and for a few days it seemed that India had been shaken.
6. We will stop 99 per cent of the attacks. But one per cent of attacks might get through and that is what I am saying.
7. Hindu extremism is a bigger threat to India than the Lashkar-e-Toiba.
8. 7 out of 10 youths in Punjab take to drugs.
9. India is the Saudi Arabia of 21st century.
10. If India is a computer, the Congress is its default programme.

Finally after 10 years, your party and the public relation company it has just engaged for your image makeover decided that you need to do a TV interview in one of the leading and most watched serious news channel. But they had over confidence in their own ability to convert a donkey into a horse overnight by training and memorising you a pre prepared script with some seemingly serious words and phrases. You had memorised all the answers to questions your trainers could think of. But a super intelligent and experienced journalist like Arnab Goswami had other ideas. He asked routine questions in a pointed manner and insisted on specific and detailed answers. He was not in a mood to allow you to attain “escape velocity” from any of his questions and repeated his questions till droplets of sweat appeared on your forehead and you stopped looking at his eyes. But I have only sympathy for you as the experienced political leaders and media managers of your party should have realized your limitations, watching your performance over last 10 years. Apart from the fact of your birth in the Nehru-Gandhi family, how you are qualified to lead the Congress party, can’t be convincingly explained by any member of your party. Such demeaning flattery of someone who has so far failed to distinguish himself in any field of human activity was sure to back fire at some point and expose the bankruptcy of idea in Congress party. It was a clueless exercise for a clueless pretend-politician.

Let’s start with your education. You told during the interview that you are an M.Phil. However, there is nothing in your utterances that would even vaguely suggest that you had gone through some form of higher education. But nothing is wrong with that. You don't need a great IQ to be in Indian politics and I don't believe that formal graduation has anything to do with anyone's wisdom or character. But this is where you are a handicap. The least I would expect of a future Prime Minister is wisdom and character. But that you have neither wisdom nor character is beyond any doubt of anybody, who is watching your acts and words over the last 10 years.

You said that Congress unlike BJP doesn't believe that power should be centred on one person (read Modi). So what do you want - that the power should only be centred on one Nehru-Gandhi family? You said in the interview that “I am absolutely against the concept of dynasty, anybody who knows me knows that and understands that”. I am sure Rahul, you don’t expect this nation to take you seriously on that, else how can you explain the nowhere seen phenomenon that in a democratic country during 66 years of its independence, power is in the hands of four generations of a single family? If that is not a dynastic monarchy, then what is it? Though your words on any day have the power to change Govt. ordinance or policy decisions like number of subsidized gas cylinders, still you and your party is reluctant to openly declare that you are the Prime Ministerial candidate only to protect you from taking responsibility in the event of a loss in the coming elections. But while answering questions on this topic you evade a direct reply taking cover under tradition and constitution forgetting completely that on several instances earlier your great grandfather, grand mother and father were declared PM candidate much before elections. Even the current PM was also declared as candidate much before the 2009 elections. So you want to enjoy unlimited power without accountability. It’s God sent that you came forward for this interview, as it’s now clear to the voters of this nation that Rahul Gandhi is not a "Reluctant Prince”, he is a "Redundant Prince".

Rahul, you talked about empowering people a 100 times in 10 minutes yet you have failed to empower the Prime Minister from your own party in last 10 years. You say that you believe in democracy, in opening up the system, in RTI and giving power to the people. We are a parliamentary democracy and here everyone has to believe in democratic institutions, transparency and empowering people including women. So what’s new in what you are saying? You said that you want to change the system but which alternative system do you have in mind? You just throw phrases but never convincingly able to elaborate them. It has been fashionable for Congress to coin slogans like “Garibi Hatao”, “Congress Ke Haath, Aam Aadmi ke Saath”, “Ho Raha Hai Bharat Nirman” and so on, when the greatest gift to the nation by the party has been corruption, criminalization of politics and mis governance. Corruption in every form possible- from politics, to businesses, to bureaucracy, to even Commonwealth Games - nothing has been spared and scares resources of the nation have been allowed to be plundered. For every question, you hid behind the excuse of RTI, women empowerment or opening up of the system to more youngsters. You were asked about price rise and you answered about women empowerment. You were just randomly putting some words together while framing replies without listening or trying to understand any of the questions. The answers were clearly unconvincing. You declare that you have tremendous belief in inclusivity. But in all the States where your party is in power, communal tension is palpable because it believes in the appeasement of particular caste or religion for vote bank politics masquerading as inclusiveness. Its idea of secularism has chained the nation into shackles so much so that it has prevented from taking effective steps against terrorism and enemy nations and has left the citizens at the mercy of separatists and religious fundamentalists.

To counter the increasing popularity of Narendra Modi, you and your party try to impose falsehood and propaganda on the citizens of this country and divide them in the name of religion and spread vendetta politics, projecting it as secularism. While repeatedly flogging your only issue of 2002 Gujarat riots, you conveniently forget your party’s direct involvement in the genocide of thousands of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984. Though photographs and testimony are available of Congress leaders, leading the mobs while massacring thousands of innocent, unarmed Sikhs, nowhere the police fired a single bullet or arrested even one person. Cases were not registered and investigated. A Commission of Inquiry was constituted which came with a sham report. The Judge heading the Commission was subsequently made a Congress Party Member of the Rajya Sabha. Justice evades the victims till today inspite of irrefutable proofs available but instead of punishing the culprits, they have been rewarded with ministership and other Govt. favours. But though in Gujarat thousands of people were arrested, police fired at several places killing almost 300 rioters from both communities, you still blame Modi & BJP of complicity in the riots. Thousands of prosecutions were filed and hundreds of people have been sentenced so far. The Chief Minister personally went through several inquiries including the Supreme Court constituted and monitored SIT and no evidence was found against him. Even when Supreme Court exonerated Modi, you still say that he is a mass murderer but when your father casually approved the 1984 riots saying that when a big tree falls, the earth shakes, you don’t find him to be a murderer. You said that Modi is responsible for 2002 riots as he was the CM but by the same logic don’t find it appropriate to accept that your father was responsible for 1984 riots as he was the PM. Every time Congress tries to dig a grave for Narendra Modi, Rahul- you have jumped into it. And still all those die-hard fans of Rahul Gandhi must be jumping with joy to hear from you that you are not scared of Narendra Modi. No doubt that Congress is spending Rs.500 Cr to prepare a star campaigner in you for the BJP.

If you are complaining that the political system in Congress so far was not transparent, fair & just and therefore you are in the process of changing the same, can you also answer whose fault was it? Who was heading Congress most of the time in its history of 66 years after India’s independence? How long do you think you can fool people of this nation and continue your dynastic rule?

Today it’s evident that your spokespersons & media management team is clueless as to how to defend your comments and project you as Prime Minister for 2014 and their frustration is in the open. Hence they are trying to suppress everybody, who shows any strength of conviction to expose your intellectual bankruptcy and hypocrisy of your party. This is Rahul Gandhi for the Congress that wants to thrust upon India a leader bereft of vision and knowledge about the nation’s history, economy, politics or culture. Each time you speak in public, you remove all doubts about your utter unsuitability for the job of PM. Your TV debut has left nobody in doubt that giving another chance to the Congress party in the next Lok Sabha election will be akin to committing suicide. If you were to become the next Prime Minister, the red beacon that you will get for your vehicle, will be called “LOL batti”. A grateful nation is thanking you today that with your this interview you have finished whatever little chance Congress party had of winning the 2014 general election.

Yours Sincerely,
A Mango Man