New Delhi, April 15: Rahul Gandhi is back with a bang and what more, his party is clamouring to cover up the absence of their baby boy.
Why and where he had gone is none of our business, true, but what about the party affairs, the assembly debates and the party work? Indeed, the 'common man' (read RK Narayanan) is dead, but has he taken it literally?
As a matter of, why blame him alone, there are others too who have sailed the same boat at some point or the other. Interestingly, all of them are the Gen-N politicos who have strangely disappeared a crisis situation, leaving the responsibility to their ageing predecessors.
Omar Abdullah: We know him to have missed the Jammu and Kashmir floods last year in the month of September, putting the blame on the telecommunication break-down.
He had also missed the December 22, 2013 protests when youngsters hit the streets protesting the brutal rape of Nirbhaya. He tweeted,"I made the mistake of not being seen or heard in the summer of 2010 when the trouble first started. I wish my mistake had been learnt from."
Akhilesh Yadav: Yet another young leader who never related to his people, Akhilesh Yadav was busy with 14-day Saifai Mahotsava in December 2013 when the Muzaffarnagar camps were being ransacked, women raped and Lucknow was burning.
Along with him, were his wife Dimple Yadav and father Mulayam Singh Yadav who were enjoying Bollywood star performances. When asked, he said this was an important event as it generated revenues for the state. However, he did not fail to extend his condolences and announcing Rs.20 lakh for the gang-rape victim's family after her death on December 29.
Protests is not for the 'classy'
The Nirbhaya gangrape case was another eyeopener for the youth of the country who saw none by their side at the time of crisis. None of the young parliamentarians bothered to step out of their homes to pacify the protests in Nirbhaya. This was irrespective of any political party.
Milind Deora, Priya Dutt, Sachin Pilot, Sandeep Dikshit, and Jyotiraditya Scindia from Congress, and Anurag Thakur and Varun Gandhi from BJP all have skipped their responsibilities on many occassions. Agatha Sangma and Supriya Sule from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) also gave it a skip.
Of course, they are active on Twitter, offering condolences and voicing protests, but in person, they are nowhere to be seen.
Thakur, in fact, had a very lame excuse, saying that he was absent from the protest as he would be blamed for politicizing the situation. However, he assured that he would be sending suggestions to the Justice J. S Verma Committee for a new rape law by January 6th. Evidently, he did not even bother to notice the last date of submission as January 5, 2013.
Priya Dutt, Sachin Pilot took the blame and admitted that any kind of protests are being let down by the representatives of the people. Pilot spoke of "more direct and robust reaction" from the political class that could have gone a long way in mitigating the anger of the young boys and girls on the streets. But all said and done, none of them went to Ground Zero to take part in the protests.
There was another class of politicians comprising Chidambaram who considered the protests as flash mobs as he stammered to answer the protestors. He said,"Flash mob is a new phenomenon. Sometimes they gather to dance and sing, but sometimes they can gather to protest also. We need to take note of it. I don't think we are fully prepared to deal with it. We need to devise sops."
The then Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde did visit the India Gate, but a day too late when the people were gone. Agatha Sangma claimed she had joined the protests at the Jantar Mantar, which no one noticed.
They had their own reasons not to have joined the protests, but what NCP's Supriya Sule said, sent shockwaves. She said,"I don't think they were missing from the action. Everyone works in his own way and style."
Forget Rahul Gandhi, Gen-N politicians may not even care to listen.