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Leave Manohar Parrikar alone, Rahul Gandhi

As the battle for elections warms up, Rahul Gandhi seems to have tossed the rules of the war out of the window.

Bhagavad Geeta teaches us that it is dharma not to attack an enemy when he was disarmed or asleep. Equals are to fight equals on equal grounds. That the battles should be fought on fair principles of chivalry, sportingly.

As the battle for elections warms up, Rahul Gandhi seems to have tossed the rules of the war out of the window.

To quote Ramdhari Singh “Dinkar”,

जब नाश मनुज पर छाता है,
पहले विवेक मर जाता है।

When the destruction of a man is inevitable, the conscience of the man is the first to die.

Indira Gandhi may have killed democracy, Rahul Gandhi has killed basic human decency. Congress President Rahul Gandhi yesterday paid a courtesy visit to the ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar, who was the Union Defence Minister before taking charge as Goa Chief Minister has been recovering from pancreatic cancer. While Rahul Gandhi said that he was on a personal visit and Congress even confirmed that the dubious Rafale tapes were not discussed, Rahul later claimed that Parrikar had nothing to do in the new Rafale deal ‘orchestrated by PM Modi’ to ‘benefit Anil Ambani’. This came a day after he tweeted alleging that Parrikar is ‘in possession of explosive Rafale secrets’ which give him power over the PM.

So here is what happened. Earlier this month, dubious tapes emerged which had alleged conversation between Goa Minister Vishwajit Rane and a journalist where the former is claimed to be saying that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has Rafale files in his bedroom. Both Rane and Parrikar had rubbished the tape and called it doctored. Rahul Gandhi tried to corner the Prime Minister in the Parliament over these tapes but was not allowed to do so until he authenticates these tapes in writing and takes responsibility for the same.

Rahul Gandhi did not get the tapes authenticated and did not take any responsibility but continued with the allegations. On Monday, he raked up the tapes again, casting aspersions that former Defence Minister Parrikar is perhaps blackmailing the Prime Minister to stay in power because of the ‘explosive secrets’ he is privy to regarding the Rafale deal. Next day he goes to meet Parrikar, calls it a personal visit, does not discuss Rafale deal or tapes but just hours later cooks up a claim attributing it to Parrikar.

Parrikar, who is recovering from pancreatic cancer, and is putting his heart and soul in serving the nation despite his health not cooperating, is used as a pawn by Rahul Gandhi because he could not fight on facts any longer.

This is not the first time he has shown lack of human decency. In December, Rahul Gandhi had politicised unfortunate deaths of politician and judges along with encounters of criminals to further an agenda. Rahul Gandhi had shown how no one really ‘dies’ in politics, but they are kept alive to score political points later.

Similarly, by lying blatantly and trying to implicate a man suffering from cancer because he is losing the battle after even Supreme Court cleared the allegations, Rahul Gandhi has given a glimpse of how he has inherited the ruthless streak of his grandmother, who had murdered democracy when she was losing the battle by imposing Emergency.

In the mad rush for the make-or-break elections, for him and for Congress before the grand old party gets pushed into oblivion, Rahul Gandhi seems to have killed his conscience. It is time Rahul Gandhi leaves Manohar Parrikar alone and lets him battle his problems with the positivity that he has been living with. It is time Rahul Gandhi stops discovering new lows everyday.

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Nirwa Mehta
Politically incorrect. Author, Flawed But Fabulous.

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