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Honest, Balanced and Refreshing

– by RAJEEV GOWDA

The one characteristic that Rahul Gandhi has demonstrated from the day he entered politics is that of a plain-speaking guy. In a country where we are used to politicians speaking with forked tongues, it is surprising to come across someone who is forthright and honest.

Despite all the nuances of politics, we know that there is ultimately the larger mission of forming a secular government at the Centre. Rahul Gandhi has only stated it. He is prone to speaking frankly. A lot of people are looking for someone who is direct, upfront, straight-forward and has a lot of credibility. When politicians speak, people believe they mean the opposite of what they are saying. Rahul is not like that. He is credible. We know that when he says something, he means it. Let him be that way.

However, anytime he says something, people jump on him. Instead of commending him, he is criticised. Indeed, being forthright is a good thing. He is setting the trend for a more honest, and direct, engagement with the citizens of India.

Even when asked if he would accept the prime ministerial position he said he needs some time to be prepared, to study the country, and to take on the challenges of governing India. He likes to learn about various topics, and form considered judgement. He is measured when he speaks. But he certainly comes across as honest, balanced and refreshing.

In general, I would say that Rahul is a very measured guy. Even in informal conversations, he is absolutely measured. It’s only occasionally that he indulges in rhetorical flourish.

As far as seeing him as the Indian Obama… while Barak Obama is the ultimate outsider, Rahul Gandhi is the ultimate insider. But he could be Obama if he continues with his plain talk. Looking at it another way, Obama represents change, an end to politics the way it has been conducted all these years. In that way, Rahul could well be Obama.

I see him as a hardworking, sincere politician, with concern for India, and its future. One of his achievements that stand out in my mind is fighting for the extension of the employment guarantee scheme. He is a young man with a bright future with an opportunity to make a transformative impact.

From Sunday DNA

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1 Comment on Honest, Balanced and Refreshing

  1. Madhan Acharya // May 12, 2009 at 12:07 am // Reply

    I read the blog psted by Mr. Jha and found that he is the strong supporter of Mr. Rahul Gandhi.

    I want to tell him that Rahul gandhi has this identification just because of his mother and Gandhi tag not because he is that experienced or Charismatic. Why you people can’t evaluate the dedication of many congressmen who have given life for the upliftment of congress party. to name a few Pandit N. D. Tiwari. Does Rahul has vast vast experience like Tiwariji. Ofcourse good people are thrown away from party and All Chaukadi are lifted. Why Mr. Natwar Singh has to be ousted? Why Mr. Sarad Pawar had to form other party? is Pawar not experiance politician? Does he lack any quality that Mr. Rahul has. Think all you congress man. stop becoming the slaves of Gandhis. come out and be free citizen under the able leadership of Honorable Advaniji. He is a true leader of the age. Shine like Narendra Modiji Anyway my advice to you all is think why other Senior congress men can’t be party president? Was not Mr. Narasimha Rao a Successful man? Isn’t he Father of modern India?

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