Rahul Gandhi’s speeches do make news. Not because he speaks about issues that matter but because it is really rare that he speaks at all. Despite him being in active politics for such a long time now, we hardly know his valuable thoughts (fun intended) on issues of importance. This is part of the reason why Rahul Gandhi has not been accepted as a leader of the masses yet.
Still, Congress has been making attempts to artificially launch him as a leader masses. The current ads on air which portray Rahul Gandhi’s not a ‘kattar’ but ‘yuva soch’ are one such attempt. There is a studied effort to present him as a tough and aggressive leader, someone who rolls up his sleeves and does the needful.
This strategy will or will not bear fruits, let’s wait for the time to tell. Meanwhile, the fact remains Rahul Gandhi is not considered a leader by the masses and Congress is working on the problem area seriously. Media came to the aid of the ailing party when Rahul delivered a speech during the latest AICC (All India Congress Committee) meeting and talked about his 9 deadly weapons.
Media projected him like a strong player. The headline for the day was that Rahul Gandhi has finally arrived as a leader who knows what to say and how to say. The aggression was the high point of the speech until the sad demise of Sunanda Pushkar, took the limelight away.
I Saw some news channels covering this story with the headline ‘Rahul Gandhi k badley tevar, Rahul Ka Modi par hamla, Historic Speech’, etc. I was shocked and decided to conduct a small research on ‘badley tevar’ of Rahul Gandhi.
As soon as Mr. Gandhi arrived on the podium, the supporters started chanting his name out of enthusiasm. I thought something has really changed! But as I was going through the video, I felt disappointed as there was nothing new.
Some of the things I noticed in his speech-
#As usual, he was looking at a piece of paper and reading out
#As usual, he was making mistakes and took a break at some or the other words for correction. Eg. 1ST he read ‘enhancining’. Then he took a break and corrected it to ‘enhancing’
#As usual, he was repeating the name of Mr. Rajeev Gandhi, his dreams for India, and his steps.
#As usual, he was counting the achievements of Congress, like RTI, AADHAR over the last 10 years and the role of Congress in banks’ nationalization, party’s role in independence movement and post-independence governance.
#As usual, he said, we need to do this and we need to do that. I question, Why don’t you just do it. It’s your government. You say common man should enter politics, but they are not able to, we need to bring them. I Say, look at the ground level what your party men are doing, why don’t they allow common man to contest elections?
#When he started speaking in Hindi, he repeated the same things in Hindi. Hum ye karenge, hum milkar wo karenge, hum gareebi hatayenge, Hum gareebo ko middle class mein laayenge (If you watch his speeches regularly, then it’s a nobody’s guess that they are again-repetitive!)
Conclusion- There was nothing new. Nothing has changed in Rahul Gandhi. The only change I observed was he speaking in an Angry, Aggressive way. Now if voice modulation is a sign of arrival then Rahul Gandhi has surely arrived!