While leaders of the Congress Party, which continues to remain in the grip of sycophancy, are showering praises on Rahul Gandhi, the heir apparent who has just been pitch forked to the status of party Vice-President after his acceptance speech at Jaipur last week, people who have not suspended their ability to dispassionately view events and political developments are disappointed and shocked.

They are disappointed because Mr.Gandhi skirts all the critical issues and ends up just delivering  homilies. Shocked because they have never heard a more hypocritical and dishonest acceptance speech from a politician who is still quite new to the world of politics.  Let us examine some of his assertions:       

Early on in his speech, Rahul Gandhi made an endearing reference to Mr.Manmohan Singh and said Mr. Singh spearheaded a  revolution in 1991  that unleashed entrepreneurship and changed the country forever. He is outright dishonest when he gives credit to Mr.Manmohan Singh for opening up the economy and liberating the economy from the stifling grip of the licence-permit raj in the 1991-96 phase. The man who did this was P.V.Narasimha Rao, the prime minister who had the courage to debunk Nehru’s and Indira Gandhi’s socialist policies, which had crushed the entrepreneurial spirit of Indians. Rao hired Mr.Singh, basically a back room bureaucrat, to do the job. Despite several situations when his political opponents threatened to bring down his government because of the economic liberation policy pursued by it, Rao shielded Singh and retained him as Finance Minister for a full five years. Neither Indira Gandhi nor Rajiv Gandhi had the decency or the confidence to respect the intellectual and political strengths of their ministers. As a result they resorted to frequent Cabinet reshuffles to unsettle members of the Union Cabinet. The average tenure of a minister in key ministries like Defence, External Affairs and Human Resource Development in the Rajiv Gandhi government was a shocking 4 to 6 months. Narasimha Rao as Prime Minister betrayed no such insecurity and retained ministers without unsettling them and Manmohan Singh was one of them. That is why Rao was able to turn around the economy and give the country much needed political stability and hope. Yet, Rahul makes no mention of Narasimha Rao and gives the entire credit to Singh. This is an absolutely dishonest inference and part of the cunning and persistent effort by the Nehru-Gandhi family to deny Rao credit for bringing about an economic miracle in India.

But, what is truly extraordinary is that after ignoring the phenomenal contribution of Rao, Rahul Gandhi claims that people are not given their due in this country!  He told his party leaders who had assembled at Jaipur that “ We do not praise our colleagues or look at their strengths. And all of us, every single one of us does it. We won’t praise other people. We will ask them “bhaiya, what is your weakness?” We only look at ways to neutralize them”.

This is exactly what the Nehru-Gandhis have done in respect of all high achievers among our national leaders. Every major national scheme is named after just three members of the Nehru-Gandhi family. This family has never acknowledged the great contributions of many national leaders. In fact, it has systematically tried to run down Dr.Ambedkar, a great visionary, social reformer and constitutionalist and Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the man who stitched India together by forging a nation out of 563 princely states. Such is the family’s obsession with itself that even the University Grants Commission scholarships for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students are not named after Mahatma Gandhi or B.R.Ambedkar, but Rajiv Gandhi.

In recent times, the family has never had the grace to acknowledge the extraordinary work of Narasimha Rao, who gave India economic muscle and in a matter of five years, placed it in the league of the fastest developing nations. It was Rao who opened up the economy and triggered unprecedented growth in I.T, Telecom and many other sectors. The family has never acknowledged any of this. That is why in this very speech, Rahul Gandhi made a dishonest attempt to credit Rao’s successes to Manmohan Singh’s account.  

Here is a gem of a quote from his speech, which is another example of the hypocrisy that this man is seeped in. He says “……no matter which political party you look at, why do a handful of people control the entire political space? Power is grossly centralized in our country. We only empower people at the top of a system. We don’t believe in empowering people all the way to the bottom”.  Isn’t this extraordinary, coming from a man like Rahul Gandhi on the day he is catapulted to the top of the heap in his party simply because of his lineage? How more hypocritical can people get? It is indeed sad to hear a relatively young politician display such fakeness. This is laughable because he has himself floated up to the top of the heap because of this over centralization. His family is at the apex of the Congress Party and ever scion of this family is presumed to be adequately endowed with qualities of leadership. This is feudalism in practice in circa 2013 and it is this single qualification that made the greenhorn Rahul Gandhi the automatic choice for office of General Secretary of the Congress some years ago and the automatic choice for the office of Vice-President. Yet, he lectures us on centralization etc and says that no matter which political party you look at a handful of people control the entire political space. This is absolute humbug when it comes from a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

During his speech, Rahul tried to give an emotional touch to his utterances and claimed that he mother told him early that morning that power is like poison. If that be so, we need to ask Rahul Gandhi, “Bhaiyya, why are you consuming it and why is your family addicted to it?”

Probably the only honest statement he makes is that the system promotes mediocrity. Obviously, he presumes that he is not in that category, but surely, many of those who heard his speech that day felt that at least in this matter, he was being honest.

Here is another dose of truthfulness! He says “People who are corrupt stand up and talk about eradicating corruption”. How true. Ms.Sonia Gandhi, the President of the Congress Party, who ensured that Ottavio Quattrochchi got away with the loot of U.S $ 7.3 million from Bofors and even saw to it that the corruption case against him was withdrawn, has also started lecturing us on corruption. She referred to it in Jaipur and said the people were disgusted with the state of affairs.  
All that one can say after hearing him is: “Bhaiyya, when will you become a little more honest in your assessments?”