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Sam Pitroda’s poor defense of Rahul Gandhi

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G Indira
G Indira
Author of the book: The India I Know and of Hinduism. Ex-Publications in -charge Pragna Bharati Organisation, Hyderabad. Academician and free-lancer

There was ruckus in the parliament for two-days i.e. on 14th and 15th of March on Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Cambridge London on India’s democracy being in danger and his call for the European nations and the U.S. for course-correction. This he did on 6th of March. He said the so-called defenders of democracy (meaning to say Europe and America) were oblivious of what is happening in India and its democracy. The BJP immediately said Rahul Gandhi was defaming India and Indian democracy on foreign soil and asked for his apology to the nation.

Somehow, Rahul Gandhi’s statement might not have gone well with his own party intellectuals. Perhaps due to which Mr. Gandhi made a correction the next day i.e. on 7th March that India could solve its problems internally on its own. However, it was a grave mistake. In any case, the ruling party is seeking an apology for what he said. Whereas, the Congress is stuck on the Adani issue to eclipse the mistake made by Rahul Gandhi.

Sam Pitroda, the Congresses’ overseas member cum organizer and promoter of Rahul Gandhi came to his defense yesterday on national television. He agreed with what Rahul Gandhi said i.e. Indian democracy is in danger. Pitroda said the ruling party was attacking Rahul Gandhi in an organized way. Sympathizing with Mr Gandhi, he added, “Poor fellow, let him give some space”. He said, why every word, sentence and his tone were dissected. At the end of the day we are all human beings. This is how pro-party men speak. There is no logic in it.

If Rahul Gandhi really cared for democracy, why was he skiing at Gulmarg along with his sister Priyanka Vadra, when all political parties were campaigning in the North-Eastern states? Maybe he is not the Congress president, but he is a tall leader in the Congress. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been invited to Cambridge to give political- lessons, Kharge should have been called (to Cambridge). For Rahul Gandhi with no political strategy, no political plan, only blaming prime minister Modi and calling Indian democracy a flawed-one will not serve. Will only show Mr. Gandhi’s desperateness.

The U.S and E.U countries do their business with any elected leader in any electoral democracy. They don’t meddle with the internal matters of any democracy. For that matter any autocracy like China or the infamous Taliban in Afghanistan is okay with them for their business. India has 1.4 billion people and is the world’s largest democracy and it doesn’t require some other country to meddle in its internal affairs or to give lectures/sermons. Rahul Gandhi is either naïve or ignorant of geo-political realities. His mentor Pitroda says, “Indian Democracy is everybody’s concern”.

In that case, what is happening in every democracy is the concern of every other democracy of the world. Let Mr Pitroda set-right democracies in Europe, especially Italy ruled by the far-right Giorgia Meloni, before talking about India. He says, the present Govt. at the Centre has well-orchestrated machinery on its side to promote its views. So did Congress while it ruled the country. The Congress joining hands with the Left-parties, in fact, coerced and silenced the other voices till the social media tech-giants came into picture. In the interview (https://www.youtube.com/live/GuWo0ywcBdM?feature=share), Mr. Pitroda told the anchor (Rajdeep Saradesai, although the anchor is leaned towards their ideology), when asked about how he explains on Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Indian democracy in foreign soil, “Don’t put your interpretation, as the only interpretation…he didn’t say, you have an interpretation.” So, therefore, anybody can interpret anyone’s statement in any way. No problem for Pitroda. So, deal with the way the ruling party interprets!

If Rahul Gandhi speaks whatever he strongly feels about anything anywhere, as per his freedom of speech, the BJP in the ruling could interpret in their own freedom. A politician should have tact, should try to impress people and be politically correct. If Rahul Gandhi wants to remain an idealogue (of pseudo-secularism) and not a day-to-day politician, it is his wish. For which, he need not blame Indian- Democracy. The Congress party also need not blame the media, which they once controlled.

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G Indira
G Indira
Author of the book: The India I Know and of Hinduism. Ex-Publications in -charge Pragna Bharati Organisation, Hyderabad. Academician and free-lancer
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