Spotlight On Some Rahulisms

Being in the public light for a major part of their waking moments is a not an easy job for politicians. Every word every gesture has to be measured and deliberated. But even the seasoned ones lose it once in a while. As Rahul Gandhi the Congress Vice-president is finding out. His recent rant where he gate-crashed into Maken’s press conference and termed the Ordinance engineered by his own party, with his mother Sonia Gandhi’s approval, as ‘nonsense’, raised many eyebrows. Though not in the same class as a Dan Quayle the erstwhile American vice-president or President George Bush; Rahul is, nevertheless frenetically pushing the envelope. We bring you a selection of Rahul’s best – the Rahulisms.

spotlight-on-some-rahulismsCII summit, New Delhi (April 2013)
There is a tendency to look at India as a country. If you go back 1,000 or 2,000 years, India is actually energy. It is a force. It came from Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati. As this energy goes abroad, you are our people who will tell everyone what this energy is all about. It’s this energy that’s driving us.
Interaction with professionals, Ahmedabad (Feb 2009)
Gujarat is bigger than the United Kingdom, to give you an idea. In fact, India is bigger than Europe and the United States put together.
Speech on nuke deal in Parliament (March 2009)
I spoke about two poor families – one of them was called Mrs Kala. Mrs Kala said she had diversified her income sources and used that to bring up her nine children. Nuclear energy acts as Kala’s main crop. The problem is the way our nuclear industry is positioned. Our scientists are tied because they do not have fuel, investment and technology. I’m proud to say Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has recognised the problem as well as the potential solution.
Interaction with media, Kolkata
Politics is everywhere. It’s in your shirt, your pants. Politics is everywhere. That is the problem with youngsters these days. This is a fundamental problem and we are trying to solve this problem.
A reaction to Anna Hazare’s agitation at Ram Lila Maidan, New Delhi (Aug 2011)
The real question is can we take up the battle against corruption? There are no simple solutions. It requires a firm political will. Annaji has expressed the same sentiments. The question before us is whether we are prepared to take corruption head on. Lokpal Bill cannot be a substitute to fighting corruption.
Chairing a talk on future of the Internet, JNU campus, New Delhi (Jan 2013)
Stop asking politicians what they would do. Start asking yourself what you would do. That’s how the country will move forward.
A meeting with students of LN Mishra University, Darbhanga, Bihar (Aug 2011)
If the country has to change, Gujarat has to change – a comment that sparked an uproar and resulted in his exiting the meeting midway. His correction: ‘Galti se Gujarat bol diya Bihar ke bajaaye’ (By mistake I said Gujarat instead of Bihar).
Indian Institute of Information Technology convocation, Amethi (Nov 2011)
I would like to talk about the big picture. Here’s the big picture. When we started 60 years ago, we were not connected. No roads, no schools and no healthcare. Villages were not speaking to each other. The energy of India, which lies within people, was not talking to each other. We’ve been able to connect Indians. We started out as a poor nation where everybody was poor.
CII summit, New Delhi (April 2013)
There are people doing yoga in New York and dancing around, that’s Indian power. You go to a night club somewhere in Spain and there’s Amitabh Bachchan on the screen there, dancing around. That’s the power of India. That’s the power of Indian people.
Congress workshop on social media, New Delhi (2013)
If India is a computer, Congress is its default program. Congress comes natural to India’s ethos. Here, anger and aggression are not appreciated.
CII summit, New Delhi (April 2013)
Optimism for me is like India. It is bursting with dreams and fearless ideas, brave ideas. Millions and millions of youngsters are struggling every day with optimism.
CII summit, New Delhi (April 2013)
We have to provide the roads on which our dreams are paved. And these roads can’t have potholes. They can’t break down in six months. They have to be big roads because they are going to carry strong people, strong forces.
A reaction just after the Mumbai attacks (July 2011)
It is difficult to prevent every single terror attack. If the US can’t prevent terror attacks, how can we? The war is taking place. Not in the US, but on them. The war has moved. They are losing people in Afghanistan. We can stop 99 per cent of attacks, but one per cent may get through.
Chairing a talk by Internet founder Vint Cerf, JNU, New Delhi (Jan 2013)
Every situation that Indian person finds himself in is extremely complex. We have to deal with the red lights. As young leaders here have to deal with senior leaders, suddenly someone disrupts your entire life. Everything happens, sort of, according to your karma, it’s all random.
CII summit, New Delhi (April 2013)
We need to empower everybody, not one person, not almost everybody, but everybody.
CII summit, New Delhi (April 2013)
I went to University in 1991. I remember nobody thought of India. I remember conversations where people would laugh and say, ‘Do you have elephants on the road?’ Nobody is saying that today. A huge part of it is because of you people.
During a talk in Allahabad on ‘Culture, Deepening Democracy and Most Marginalised Communities’ (Aug 2013)
Poverty is a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of Food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty.
– India Syndicate


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