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Congress in Gujarat – Theatre of the Absurd

It seems that the Congress has lost its sense when one hears and sees what its spokespersons are reeling out. Under the ‘damage control’ of the soft Hindutva which Rahul Gandhi vigorously opted for in his campaigns in Gujarat the Congress leaders are trying to bend backwards and to justify every word and move of ‘pappu’.

Suddenly we find RG visiting temples and beholding himself as a devout Hindu with the vermilion tilak on his forehead. But we never heard of RG ever going to the temples in Delhi for worship. It is well known that he called himself Raul Vinci outside Bharat – born to the Italian Sonia Gandhi and to Rajiv Gandhi. It is he who stated that Hindu terror is more dangerous than LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba), i.e more dangerous than Islamic terror. He never failed to hit at the Hindus and poke fun at them.

For one thing there is no soft Hindutva and hard Hindutva. There is only Hindutva to which RG and Sonia Gandhi do not subscribe. They do not even know fully well what Hindutva stands for. Like the Archbishop of Gandhigram, Thomas Macwan, who appealed to the Catholics to pray that the nationalistic forces do not take over. So he and the likes of him, including RG and his mother, want anti-national forces to take over. No wonder the Congress celebrated the release of Hafiz Saeed-the global terrorist. The Congress could join Musharraf in its admiration for this terrorist.

Suddenly questions are being raised by Rahul Gandhi on what development took place in the past 22 years in Gujarat. It is for the people of Gujarat to ask this – they will not because they know well what development took place.

But who are RG and the Congress including P Chidambaram to question what development took place and where are the ‘Achhe’ din promised by Modi?

First, let them answer what development took place in Bharat for the past 50 years when the Congress and Nehru-Gandhis were in power, especially the 2004-14 period when Sonia Gandhi was the power center? From the days of Indira Gandhi all that we had were slogans ‘Garbi Hatao’ and the 20 Point programme which kept the people well locked in poverty. Once we get the answer from the great enlightened Congress leaders on this, then we shall explain the development that took place during the tenure of Modi as CM of Gujarat and now as PM of Bharat.

The Congress party is solely to be blamed for the communalization of the polity of the nation. Starting from the induction of the Indian Muslim League. For that matter, even the Constitution of Bharat is not secular when it talks of Minority rights on the basis of religion. Now the people and the communities are so fenced in their particular castes & religious communities that Rahul Gandhi as the Congress VP has struck alliances with communal leaders promising the skies. So we have the people in ghettos of BCs, OBCs, SCs and now the Patidars. All these have ‘chota’ leaders with whom the Congress has struck understandings.

This gives them legitimacy to communalism – and makes the Bharatiya fabric of nationhood damaged. It is shredded and tattered thanks to such netas. This is the great achievement of the Congress during its long years at the helm of power. Of course, the Congress and its leaders like PC in the meantime made hay while the sun shines. Hence we had a deluge of scams during the UPA period.

Now it has the audacity to question what Modi achieved. Why there is so much of poverty and communalization – so much of polarization – it is for the Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and the Congress leaders to answer. Instead they pick on Modi.

So we have Anand Sharma saying that the Congress too had PMs from humble origins. Yes, he cited two – Lal Bahadur Shastri and Manmohan Singh. But did any of them meet with such disdain because of it? MM Singh was handpicked by Sonia Gandhi because she knew that he will keep the kursi warm and also because he will be a robot with the remote control in her hands. That is exactly what happened. He would have been an able Professor but not an able politician – he allowed the undermining of the Constitution by allowing Sonia Gandhi to dictate. Still, no one talked derogatorily of his humble origins because the Opposition at the time would not stoop to that low.

Coming to Lal Bahadur Shastri –  his death remains a mystery. The poor man died a mysterious death in Tashkent, part of then USSR. He was not known to be a heart patient. Under what circumstances did he die? Why no autopsy was conducted and no probe ordered?

Also, Shastri became PM after Nehru’s death due to backing of senior Congress leaders from humble backgrounds like Kamraj – Nehru’s daughter Indira was too much of a political light-weight at the time to vie for the PM’s seat. However, after Shastri’s sudden death, Indira was chosen as PM by the same Congress leadership. But she soon bared her totalitarian instincts by splitting the party and forming the Nehru-Gandhi family fiefdom that we know so well today.

So Anand Sharma cannot fall back on these two to justify that the Congress too had PMs from humble origins. Were they ever ridiculed? No, because that was not the non-Congress culture. Today, we have the Congress and Rahul Gandhi ridiculing Modi for his 56 inch chest (which RG promised to reduce in the Parliament), his ‘Suit book ka sarkar’ jibe; we had his mother calling Modi the ‘merchant of death’. But then these Gandhis are known for such barbs and jibes because they think that the dynasty brand protects them.

Rajiv Gandhi when provoked by Arun Shourie said, ‘No wonder he has such a son’, referring to Shourie’s differently abled son. To the then Telegu Desam MP Jaipal Reddy, he remarked in Parliament, ‘His mind is as crooked as his body’. This reveals the mindset of the Gandhis. They hit below the belt and resort to cheap personal jibes which no decent individual will. So RG and his leaders are no better.

The latest allegation is ‘Modi belittling the post of PM by meeting Ivanka Trump’. See who is throwing this – Ananda Sharma, the spokesperson of the Congress. Has the Congress not belittled the office of the PM by making it just a make-believe post with the extra constitutional power center with High Command, i.e. Sonia Gandhi? Ivanka Trump was the envoy of Trump, the President of the US – the PM meeting her is in no way belittling the Prime Minister’s office.

Has the Congress not belittled the PM office by saying that under Modi’s regime, no woman is safe? When RG took a snipe at Modi saying that he is peeping into the bathroom of Manmohan Singh – for the simple reason that RG could not understand the simile Modi used when he complimented MM Singh by saying that he was dry despite it raining scams in his regime. Did the Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh and RG not talk of Modi’s wife – that he does not take care of her etc?

Did not Mani Shankar Aiyer state, before Modi became the PM, that he can ‘never, never, never dream of hoisting the tricolor in the Red Fort. If he wants he can come and serve tea to the AICC members.’ What arrogance! Was he pulled up? After each such filthy utterance by their senior leaders, Congress will only distance itself from the remarks and say that individuals have their personal opinion. Whatever happened to party discipline? Those leaders should have been pulled up by the High Command.

The latest is that Modi cannot speak English well and his pronunciation is bad etc. Who cares if Modi cannot speak English in a polished accent like Shashi Tharoor? Are leaders of other countries like France, Germany, Korea, China judged for their English skills? Modi communicates his ideas and vision with crystal clarity in a language the masses understand – that’s what leadership is about.

By the way, Sonia Gandhi’s English was much worse. But then she went to one of the tutorials to learn English because she wanted to earn her livelihood as an au-pair. She could not pronounce English well, she was only a draft reader.

We are now told that Rahul Gandhi is a Hindu Brahmin. How is he a Hindu Brahmin? This calls for some research. His mother is an Italian Catholic; his grand father is Feroz Gandhy – a Parsi – who changed his surname to ‘Gandhi’ before marrying Indira Nehru. The tradition of the Motilal Nehru- Gandhi family is steeped in cultural Islam. So now to be told that Rahul Gandhi is a Hindu Brahmin is to garner the votes of the Hindus, especially in Gujarat.

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Dr. Hilda Raja
Dr. Hilda Raja
Dr. Hilda Raja was a PG level professor at Stella Maris College, Chennai. Post retirement, she worked with many NGOs and as a Development Consultant. She was nominated on the Advisory Committe of the CBCI (Catholic Bishops Conference of India ) for three years. Having studied throughout in Minority Institutions and reared in a Christian ethos, she is fully convinced that the Hindu soul is secular and Hindu Dharma is totally misunderstood by other religions. For her, Bharat and all that it holds is sacred.



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