Give Me Ten Years and I Will Make You Proud: Rahul Gandhi–Outlook magazine.
Another statement by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi which was splashed across the headlines by all sections of media.
Whatever he says makes news, the Gandhi scion riding on the crest of his lineage and media obsession has created a niche.
The headline in magazine Outlook caught my eye and set me thinking, why his statements are not countered and taken verbatim.
Gandhi was in Aurangabad and reportedly shocked with the murder of Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane. Wonder how can he come up with a statement as naive as this.
Rahul for the last few years have been pleading at his public rallies asking youth to join Congress, “I need ten years of your life. Give me ten years of your life and after that you will be very proud,”said Rahul as quoted in Outlook.
But has he not been in power for six years and urging the same for close to three years? He urges youth to join politics but fails to answer the question what roles and security he has for those who join his brigade.
Most of those who are part of his core team come from political background are foreign educated MP’s.
He says look at the structure of Youth Congress, there is not a single nominated candidate. Well point well taken, but what is the scene in Congress that rules. Youth Congress hardly plays a role in frontline politics.
Having witnessed the Pradesh Congress Committee elections in Rajasthan in 2010, when it came to electing the state president the order came from AICC and the incumbent president C.P Joshi was given second tenure, with poor partymen waiting for a democratic set up.
When it came to AICC president elections Sonia Gandhi was again nominated the leader, something I fail to understand. No election process and after a mock exercise in name of democracy the lineage ruled.
Gandhi says the effects of what he is doing will be seen in five to ten years. I wonder, having seen some bit of politics up close and personal, I don’t see that happening. His grass root workers don’t feel the same. Meeting a youth congress worker in Bhilwara during election campaign one worker told me: “the difference between us and him is the surname and that will always remain. I have been slogging for last eight years and for the next ten years I don’t see even a corporators ticket coming my way.”
Wonder in this case if Rahul knows the reality of his party.