There are certain things that you cannot “unsee”, once you have seen them. The following happens to be in that category.
Indeed, now you have seen everything.
Here is modern day Kalidasa, trying to pronounce the name of legendary engineer M. Visvesvaraya.
My first bit of advice is to watch that video before Congress IT cell tries to get it taken down with some nonsensical complaint.
My second suggestion is, do not go to read the article from Newslaundry whose headline I have posted in the screenshot above. We all know that among the crop of liberal websites, the deep state has a favourite plant, the one whose poison leaves they use to cook up sinister hitjobs against the BJP. That plant is not Newslaundry. The less favourite websites are trying to get attention through shows of extraordinary sycophancy towards the Dynasty. Do not add to the clicks they desperately seek.
Traditionally speaking, the Congress ecosystem has always set the bar high when it comes to sycophancy. There was the famous Dev Kanta Barooah, who during his term as Congress President, (in)famously said that “India is Indira and Indira is India.” There was the one who was appointed as President of India shortly after publicly announcing that he would sweep the ground that Indira walked upon. There is also a long tradition of Congress leaders who received big career boosts after publicly carrying shoes and slippers of members of the Dynasty.
But those were different times. In those days, it was still possible for someone to be the President of the Congress Party without being a member of the family.
Despite the huge debacle of 2014, the ecosystem realized that the Congress and Rahul were still their best bet. They had their first task cut out: lift Rahul from the level of a joke and get him to be seen as a real politician in public discourse. The most difficult thing was to rescue the Shehzada from himself, with his penchant for disappearing on vacations whenever the party needed him.
So every time Rahul managed to do anything right, such as read out a speech without fumbling, land a jibe without making a joke of himself, spell his name correctly … anything, they celebrated like there was no tomorrow. The phrase “Has Rahul Gandhi come of age?” was repeated so many times by so many journos that it has become a social media punchline.
But Rahul never learned. And as the Congress party lurched from one defeat to another, Pidis had to get more and more creative in finding reasons to praise Rahul Gandhi. Thus the concept of “moral victory” was tailor-made for Rahul Gandhi. This came in very handy when the sycophancy race intensified in the run-up to the Gujarat election, even as Rahul’s elevation to the post of party president became imminent.
Suddenly Rahul was a winner for everything : he was a winner for showing up, he was a winner for holding a rally, then he was a winner for holding more than one rally, then he was a winner for giving “interviews” to journalists who appeared captivated not only by his charisma but the charisma of his pet dog Pidi.
And finally, of course, Rahul was a winner for losing. Even if the Congress had lost the state for the sixth time in a row. One editor for a prominent newspaper wrote an article explaining that the most important thing is that Rahul should not change a single thing about himself or about the Congress party. I personally believe that the editor in question could have saved herself some time by putting up something like this on the front page.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words. Anyway.
Not long ago, when Rahul ended up making a fool of himself by calling the Prime Minister a “khoon ka dalal” in the aftermath of surgical strikes, several journalists wrote about the misery of poor Rahul who has all the right thoughts but fails to express himself in the proper language. Approximately 18 months later, Rahul is now Kalidasa. A symptom of how much the bar has been lowered and how quickly.
Two more things. First, if anyone ever tries to call you a Bhakt, remind them of these moments and laugh in their faces outright. Rahul Roushan says it best :
The second thing is that Pidis and their sycophancy is actually standing in the way of the Congress and Rahul Gandhi. Pushed to the wall by the Modi wave that refuses to fade away even 4.5 years after it began in the autumn of 2013, the Congress has tried to make some changes. The party is in the process of revising history to say that it never believed in Hindu terror. The party no longer says that Muslims have the first right to India’s resources. From saying that those who go to temples are the ones who molest women, the Congress is now a party of “Janeudhari Hindus.”
But the typical Pidis, who are trained to rub their noses into the ground at the mere sight of a Gandhi, aren’t helping. Look at an article such as this, which recently appeared in Firstpost.
A “maturing” politician? In his third term as MP, President of India’s longest ruling Party, PM candidate … all of which he has achieved purely by accident of birth or as this Pidi refers to him, because of his status as a “lofty dynast.” And he is still “maturing”?
The Pidis probably don’t realize that their slavish loyalty is rubbing people the wrong way. After all, this is a young country, with a significant chunk of the population below 35. Do you know how hard it is to get a seat in a good college? Forget that, do you know how hard it is to get a seat on a local train? This country makes you grow up fast … there are kids as young as 13 who are already slogging for a chance to go to IIT.
How do you suppose people much younger than him feel when we are told to bear the burden of the “maturing” process of this “lofty dynast”? By the way, Rahul ji, best wishes in advance for your 48th birthday, which is next month.
Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or not be an Assistant Professor at IISc Bangalore.