Yes! We can admire Rahul Gandhi
By; Salman Nizami
Rahul Gandhi has been called many things. The fact that the BJP has a full-fledged propaganda cell (with close to a thousand paid members whose only job is to belittle, besmirch and tarnish Rahul’s appeal) is reflective of the threat the ‘hyper-nationalistic’ party feels from this 40-something, soft-spoken Gandhi scion. I’m not writing this because of my association with the Congress party. I felt compelled to put down in as many words, in all my honesty, what I observed during my first-hand interaction with Rahul and his brand of politics. First things first -- the leader is positive, he is downright sincere and not the least bit bitter, given the slander and calumny he has to face from the Sangh brigade and Modi bhakts and an almost compromised media, who listen to and give space to only one man: we all know who.
I admire Rahul for not stooping to the level of those who have slurred him as anti-national, comedian, Shahzada, less-hindu. Rahul has stayed on the high road, despite enduring an onslaught of attacks, including some that target his mother & sister. He responds to smear tactics by exposing them for the lies they are, but he does not resort to his own mud-slinging. I admire Rahul, because he refuses to play the politics of fear. We've all heard the famous Rahul's “Daro Mat 'Dont be scared'” slogan, but have we really taken the time to analyze what it actually means? Is it just some political slogan? For some of us, yes, that's pretty much all it is. However, if you look closely, you'll see a whole different meaning in those few words. To me, this slogan goes far deeper than a mere political slogan. This is what Rahul once told me. “Daro Mat” doesn't only refer to a political slogan to target the BJP government's dictatorship but rather to all the obstacles & hurdles you will come across in your life. Whatever the hardship and adversity might be, we are capable of achieving what we really want if we put our minds into it.
Rahul Gandhi suffered pains in silence. Father Rajiv Gandhi Ji, Grand mother Indira Gandhi Ji killed. But Rahul always maintained dignity. Rahul's road to the president of the INC is full of roadblocks, but he relentlessly kept pushing until he reached his position in a time when secular forces are on target by hindutva forces who are helbent to divide the nation. If there is one thing Rahul wanted us to realize, it is that perseverance is the mark of a fearless leader. He persevered where most of us would have given up after the first obstacle and this is why we admire him.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Making the other look ugly dodoesn't make you beautiful. Modi & BJP tried so many years to malign Rahul, but today people are standing by him & realising idiocy of Modi. Rahul talks about youth. All countries tht are prospering have PM's who talk about youth. Modi has time for lies only. Truth be told Rahul’s idea of India is in sheer contrast to the closed and bigoted world of the Sanghis. He aspires to live in a country that respects the diversity that God has blessed India with. Yes, it is hard to believe in a utopian world, where we love members of our society, not because of their caste or religion, but because of the fellow feeling that we are all Indians - first and foremost. If this country has to prosper and stand out in the comity of nations, if we ever dream of a society where cunning fat politicians don’t exploit us all in the name of Hindu-Muslim, dietary habits or the way we celebrate our happiness, then we shall all have to defeat the forces of darkness and chauvinism. Rahul may just be the leader to lead that all-important charge.