I was outraged to read this news report about Rahul Gandhi, the Congress party scion and General Secretary, for whom, it is alleged, Manmohan Singh has been warming the prime minister’s chair for over four years now. The story was carried by the “Mail Today” newspaper of the India Today Group, but was predictably buried by other English newspapers and channels who usually act as party organs of the Congress.
Rahul in party mood soon after Mumbai crisis
Even before the tears of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s mother could dry up, Congress general secretary and heir apparent Rahul Gandhi went partying with his pals at a farmhouse on Delhi’s outskirts.
The Prince partied hard, till 5 in the morning, on Sunday at the ‘sangeet’ for the forthcoming wedding of Samir Sharma, his childhood friend. They were at a sprawling farmhouse at Radhey Mohan Chowk, the haven of people who lead charmed lives beyond Chhatarpur.
Apparently, it was a night full of live entertainment, ghazals and candle-lit dinners, complete with the Page 3 rabble.
Saturday night’s ‘sangeet’ was a lavish affair. It was hosted by Leena Musafir, sister of the woman with whom Samir is getting married, and her husband Inder. The party was attended by over 800 guests, including regulars at Page 3 dos. “When everyone is cancelling parties or just keeping them low-key, Rahul Gandhi had no business to be celebrating. His action makes us lose faith in future leaders,” said Ajay Bahl, a leading corporate lawyer who was trapped in the thick of the action on 26/11 at The Oberoi, Mumbai, but managed to escape with the help of the hotel staff.
Does Rahul Gandhi have no sense of timing or decency? The country is in mourning. The bodies of 180 innocent men, women and children of the ghastly Mumbai carnage are still warm in the morgue. The citizens are angry and horrified at this latest slaughter of Indians by the Muslim fanatics reared in Pakistan’s hate factories of jihad. And in this funeral atmosphere, this grand-child of Indira Gandhi can spend all night partying hard, listening to ghazals with a glass of champagne and a plate full of Mughlai kabab, even as the NSG commandos are locked in a room-by-room battle with the terrorists in the pitch-dark interiors of the Taj Hotel?
This is not the first time Rahul Gandhi has embarrassed and horrified everybody with his immaturity and indiscretions. While campaigning during the last UP elections, he left the tired Congress leaders and party workers behind on the dusty road of Rai Barelli and coolly walked into an air-conditioned mall to have a McDonald burger. The party-men sweating in the sun were obviously not amused and grumbled about how Rajiv Gandhi would have sat on a charpoy under a tree and shared a meal with them.
Rahul Gandhi went to Afghanistan a couple of years ago. An Afghan journalist asked him why he wanted to visit Afghanistan. Now instead of saying something profound for the occasion, such as the Afghanistan-India relations since ancient times, the shared history, the Gandhara school of art or the story of “Kabuli wala” that we have all read in childhood, Rahul Gandhi mumbled something about how he was in Delhi getting bored and some of his friends suggested that a government delegation was going to Afghanistan and he should tag along! The leaders accompanying him were reported saying that this episode shows how much Rahul Gandhi has to live and learn.
Is this the prince charming that is going to rescue India in distress? He clearly lacks maturity and intellectual depth, and shows signs of stunted development. He does not appear well-read and carries a sheepish grin on his face all the time. HIs body language is that of a man-child unsure of himself. His political blindness is even worse than J.L. Nehru.
But then, an unintelligent and naive prince who has lived a life shielded from the real world is always good news for the scheming courtiers, isn’t it? Do I see the Congress sycophants and professional flatterers salivating at the prospects? What about the Western intelligence agencies? Are they grinning too?