The recent interview of Rahul Gandhi was a damp squib

January 30, 2014 at 3:59 am 1 comment

The Interview-a damp squib

Rahul Gandhi’s interview on the 27th Jan with Times Now -editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was a damp squib. It was not only disappointing but sheer waste of time. Rahul Gandhi came out as one unable to focus and unclear with his ideas. He was often seen fumbling for words and was beating round the bush. No clarity of thought and seem to wrongly informed of men and matters.

He often repeats of wanting to change the ‘system’. One wonders what he means because by becoming the Vice President of the Congress party he has only stabilized the system which he repeats he wants to change-so he states “Beat me to death, nothing will stop me from changing the system” One only wonders what is this system he has in mind.

When he talks about the BJP concentrating power in the hands of one person he is off sync. Because it is in the Congress that power is concentrated in his mother’s hands. Not even the PM can over rule her. Again he talks of a process which he respects when it comes to the PM’s post. It is the MPs who decide and elect. He forgets that Manmohan Singh was simply hand picked by his mother.

He has been an MP for ten years and one should ask him how many times he stood up and spoke of this system’s change which he is now talking of and for which he is prepared to be beaten to death. For that matter how many times did he use the forum of the Parliament to speak on issues which pains him and on empowerment of women and youth? Now he wants people to elect him so that he could empower the youth and women. Is it not ridiculous?

It is a pity he did not speak on corruption on the other hand his actions reveal that he is not going to fight corruption because he wants the Congress to ally with the RJD and the DMK.To this he says that alliance with RJD is an alliance with an ‘idea’.Is it not laughable. Political alliances are not formulated with an idea. Is he serious of what he says or just that he uses any ‘ideas’ that come to his mind. He skirted the question of the Congress party’s unaccounted sources of income. Why should he wait for Parliament to bring the political parties under the RTI. If he is so certain and swears by the RTI then he should bring the Congress party under the RTI and show accountability and transparency. The same kind of vague answer he gave for dynasty. He is against dynasty but then every political party is dynastic…so he legitimizes the dynasty of the Congress! That would be fine had he not stated that he is against dynasty.

Rahul Gandhi is misinformed or is not true to facts when he compares the Sikh pogrom and the Gujarat riots.He wants us to believe that the government did its best to prevent the pogrom and control it. Historical facts are entirely different. The Police chief accepts that for three days there was no police on the roads of Delhi. He also over looked the fact that his father Raijiv Gandhi justified the pogrom. This was entirely different from the riots of Gujarat. According to Arul Jaitley 300 rioters died in police firing-around 6500 rioters were arrested in Gujarat. More than 4000 cases have been charge sheeted and hundreds have been convicted. Even the Chief Minister Modi has gone through enquires. On the other hand the Sikh pogrom was engineered and supervised by Congress leaders who were rewarded with ministerial berths. The cases are still on. Rajiv Gandhi was not questioned why and how the police-nay the army was not called in to quell and control the pogrom. Rahul Gandhi thinks that the people of India are as ignorant as he is.

Many of the questions he did not answer but kept reeling out what was in his mind which were irrelevant to the question. It is scary to think of him as a Prime Ministerial candidate. It is fine for the Congress spokesmen and women to come out in defense of him and call it a new discourse-Are we fools to take this as a benchmark of a new discourse-or rather of how interviewees shuffle and become irrelevant? Why had he to bring in ‘the power is poison” remark? He does not thirst for power we are told but he has power-power is thrust on him. He can walk into the Prime Minister’s office and make demands. He has only to indicate what has to be done and it will be done. If this is not power then what is power? One must finally concede that he ‘is an anomaly in the environment that he is in’-which he accepts.

God save this country from Rahul Gandhi’s vague, ill informed and irrelevant perception. Let him continue to work with the Congress machine-to change his idea. What that idea is God alone knows. Rahul Gandhi was so unclear, lacked clarity and was muddled up and so unspecific in his perception and his focus. Ultimately after the listening to the interview one gets the impression that Rahul Gandhi is a very confused man with no direction.

Arnab Goswami let RG off the hook by not asking Rahul Gandhi the latter’s views on India’s Foreign policy, Economic policy and his vision for an empowered India. We were saved from hearing his nothings and his rubbish. But then Arnab Gowswami seemed to be mild and not his usual best in probing and bringing out the thinking of the interviewee. It has to be Rahul Gandhi who could get away with all this nonsense. It was such a pain listening to the Interview supposed to be the interview of the year. Let us wait for Rahul Gandhi’s ‘idea’ to evolve .The interview was no doubt a damp squib.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,




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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Achudan  |  April 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Congratulations… well written as ever.

    BJP can easily use the Interview as an election campaign material. It will be a hit, comparing with the costly advertisement materials made for the BJP promotion. The interview clearly reveals RGs limited – capability, clarity of his mind & thoughts. On hearing, I am sure even a diehard congressman may change for a better option


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