Rahul Gandi is touted as the “Pappu”, “Bhola Politician”, the Youth leader etc. There are several names and epithets that are conferred to him. The media has a love-hate relationship with him, while the opposition takes him as Amul Baby. If you ask me, I think most of the people are just jealous of him.
Yups, you read that right. Albeit, after writing this, I might have to constantly answer my sudden burst of love for the guy, and maybe risk a shelter (my father is too part of the group who hates him), I will still stick to my word. In the present world of Indian politics where we have so much clutter and crab-fights for the top spot, he has always kept himself in a different league. Here are the reasons why I find Rahul Gandhi as an enigma in India politics:
1) Leaders are born not made: This phrase is so apt for him that I can’t even think of a better person who can justify this statement. Since his birth, he is a leader. Sources close to me tell me that, he always ran throughout the house, while the top leadership of the Congress followed him, tried to catch-up with him to change his diapers.
2) Trend setter: In the days when leaders are jumping to Twitter, 3D rallies etc, Rahul is one of the only few who went back to the 70s political styles. He brought back the days when Politicians were known to kiss slum-kids, dine with minorities, and send out a message. My grandpa went into frenzy when he heard that a politician is sitting with the dalits and dinning with them; he thought he might have time-travelled back to his youth. It’s just unbelievably “fresh” trend that he brought.
3) Talks human: I often wonder why politicians of today, who are economists, advocates, social activists, business entrepreneurs, speak jargons. I mean, look at any of their speeches, it’s written to perfection with a gibberish words that can be replaced with simpler ones. After all, the junta is not as literate as they are. Then comes Rahul, who talks like any of us. He talks about Kalahari, the pappus of India, beehive. C’mon! the guy reminds us of our back-bencher friends.
4) Modesty: Remember his CII speech where he accepted that he had lost it? Tell me one politician who accepts such stupidity with this humbleness? Even our external affair minister, didn’t accept it with so much humility when he read out the wrong speech.
5) Honesty: His biggest plus is his honesty. While Modi churned out a list of issues and cribbed how UPA (full form: United Plunderers’ Alignment- as told to me by Ramasubramanian A on Yahoo Answers), Rahul accepted that people should not come to him for answers. He is a leader not a Guru. He also accepted that the government will stop 99% attacks but 1% will get through.
6) Avoids limelight: Media runs behind politicians like Rahul, but he is always evasive. He believes in walking the talk, so he walks less towards the media, so that he needs to talk less. In fact, his current trainer Manmohan Singh has shared with us that he is proud to find a successor like him.
I remember satirical blog written about his achievement once, (I don’t remember the website – was it FakingNews.com?). That was very untrue and blatant misuse of web-space for propaganda against him. One of my schoolmates was asked why he feels Rahul to be the next Prime Minister of India, said, “Because he is smart, single, and sexy!” Such are his fans; in deep love with this shining star of Indian politics.