Extra Affair – Bharat Bharadwaj
It has been proved once again that Rahul Gandhi lacks political maturity. In his visit to Britain, Rahul complained that democracy is dying in India and appealed that Europe and America should intervene to save democracy in India. Among hundreds of high-profile people in the Grand Committee Room in the British Parliament, Rahul said that the opposition is being persecuted in India. An Indian leader can speak his mind at Cambridge. Can speak at Harvard but cannot present at an Indian university.
Rahul said that in India, the voice of the opposition is being suppressed. Demonetisation was a disastrous financial decision in India but we were not allowed to discuss the issue. Even the issue of infiltration of Chinese troops into Indian territory is not allowed to be discussed and in this situation we feel suffocated.
Rahul Gandhi said many other things and the essence of it is that the freedom of the opposition in India has been taken away. Whatever Rahul talked about is not discussed whether it is true or not but believe that even if it is true it should be discussed in this country, there is no maturity to fudge on this issue abroad. Secondly, even if the democracy in India weakens, America or any other country has no right to interfere. The responsibility of preserving democracy in this country is the responsibility of the people, the opposition, the media and everyone. Believe that the ruling party does not conflict with anyone, then the Congress itself fights for it with all its strength, takes the people’s side, but asking other countries to interfere in India is called treason.
It is not necessary to say why Rahul made all this fuss but Rahul Gandhi forgets one thing that despite the time of supremacy of BJP there are many strong opposition leaders in this country who are not only raising their voice but also raising their political stature against BJP. But increasing. Many of these leaders are old while many have emerged only in the last decade and a half. K.M. Stalin, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Navin Patnaik, Hemant Soren, Akhilesh Yadav etc. themselves or their parties have dominated politics for the last two-three decades. BJP has made no less efforts to eliminate them but these people have survived even by fighting BJP.
On the other hand, Chandrashekhar Rao, Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, Jagan Mohan Reddy etc. have emerged in the last decade and a half. Each of these leaders is in direct competition with the BJP, yet the BJP has not been able to defeat them. What BJP has not done to defeat Mamata? To topple Kejriwal, the BJP has washed its hands and fallen behind, but could not destroy his political existence.
In the case of Kejriwal, the more BJP is at the top, the stronger Kejriwal gets. Earlier there was government in Delhi alone. Now Delhi and Punjab are in two states and Aam Aadmi Party has penetrated even the strongholds of BJP like Gujarat. Whatever the BJP government does to suppress Mamata, Kejriwal, KCR, Tejashwi etc., their voice reaches the people and the people choose them. Apart from that, how could Mamata get KCR elected again? How can Kejriwal go out of Delhi and form the government in Punjab and invade Gujarat? Congress also wins, right? Congress won in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh five years ago. Congress has already won in Himachal Pradesh four months ago. If the voice does not reach the people, how can the Congress win?
Rahul also forgets another thing that Parliament is not the platform to raise voice. Parliament is a house for people’s representatives and anything can be said in Parliament but believe it is true that if the government is suppressing the voice of the opposition then there is another platform. Rahul feels that the media has been sold, so social media is, isn’t it? You can say whatever you want to say on social media.
But the biggest platform is the people themselves. If you use that platform, you don’t need anything else. You can go among the people and do what you want to say and no one suppresses your voice. If Rahul took six months to join India, who stopped him and who silenced him?
Rahul Gandhi’s condition is like ‘Nach Na Jaane Angan Tedha’. Rahul and his party have lost direct touch with the people. He does not do anything to re-establish that contact and talks about other things. It can be said that Rahul himself tried to directly interact with the people by taking out Bharat Jodo Yatra, but following Rahul’s footsteps, in how many states did the Congress travel to directly interact with the people? Elections have come in Karnataka, hence the journey, nowhere else.
Rahul needs to introspect. People sitting in power only try to suppress the voice of the opposition, but if the opposition has to raise its voice, the people should listen. The people who need it like it more than the people who listen to it. Rahul makes noise but people are not touched by his words and Rahul should think why they are not touched. No other objection should be raised.