Rahul prefers to party as Kerala mourns its dead

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  1. S.A.T.A

    S.A.T.A Senior Member Senior Member

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    Rahul prefers to party as Kerala mourns its dead

    January 17, 2011 2:51:32 PM

    VR Jayaraj | Idukki

    Protest is fuming among Congress leaders and workers of Kerala against Rahul Gandhi for not visiting the site of the stampede at Pullumedu in Idukki district in which 102 Sabarimala pilgrims died despite the fact that he was staying at a place less than 200 km away from there when the disaster occurred on Friday night.

    Rahul Gandhi had spent entire Saturday at Ambalappuzha, a temple town in Alappuzha district, attending a marriage function and at Kumarakom, where he savored Kerala’s ethnic cuisine and enjoyed flute and Ghazal concerts at a tourist resort. He had arrived in Kerala on Friday evening.

    The allegation is that Rahul failed to visit the disaster site or the place where the bodies were taken to even when he was staying at a nearby place while all top political leaders, including octogenarian Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and septuagenarian Opposition leader Oommen Chandy were there leading the rescue and relief operations.

    Finally, Rahul Gandhi decided to fly to Vandipperiyar, the town nearest to the accident site on Sunday morning reportedly following the insistence of PCC leaders including its president Ramesh Chennithala, allegedly with the hope of getting the entire media focus
    on him, but he could not land there due to bad weather.

    “I am ashamed to say this but Rahul’s behaviour was not something the people expected from Congress leaders. He should have rushed to Idukki from Alappuzha on Saturday morning itself,” said a Congress leader from Idukki district, who had spent the whole of Friday night and Saturday in relief work..

    “He should have understood the seriousness of the situation. This was a national disaster. We have heard of Nero, who played fiddle when Rome burned. Rahul’s only difference is that he was enjoying flute instead of playing fiddle when 102 pilgrims were lying dead just a couple of kilometers away,” he fumed.

    A section of Congressmen in Idukki expressed the suspicion that Rahul Gandhi had decided not to land at Vandipperiyar not because of fog and rain but after he was convinced that no activity related to the tragedy was going on there. “Even the last of the injured had left the place. Then why should he land there?” asked the leader from Idukki.

    Congress leaders at Vandipperiyar and Kumily, where the autopsy on the bodies of the victims were done, said there was no excuse for Rahul Gandhi’s absence at the accident site. Also, they were not prepared to accept the argument that he had been in Kerala on a private visit.

    “He had come for a marriage which was over by Saturday morning itself. I think even the people at the marriage would have praised him if he had cancelled that programme and rushed to Idukki to lead the relief works. Then he had enjoyed the whole day sightseeing and in the evening he was partying at a resort at Kumarakom. Simply, this is not Congress culture,” said a Congress leader.
     
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    SHASH2K2 New Member

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    Abhi Yuvraj ke khelne kudne ke din hain . People in media are making mountain out of mole . After all Yuvraj also has a personal life what happened if 100 people died. were they relatives of yuvraj so that he should have mourned for them.

    sarcasm apart a future candidate of PM post should have behaved in much more responsible manner .He needs to be at right place at right time to send right message to his Junta
     
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    A politician should understand that if a tragedy happens at a place he is visiting for xyz reasons, he must for formality visit some wounded. The place where the tragedy took place is in the forest and is hectic to go there even with VIP escort, hence he dropped it but surely its no excuse not to visit.
     
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    Let Rahul baba, the future King of India enjoy his parties....he will have enough time to shed crocodile tears and direct political soap operas !!

    Why make a news out of this event? Royalty is above the law even if they loot, law and stooge CBI works only against common man such Shivraj Puri, who is like a Pseudo-Robinhood!! :D
     
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    I don't understand. Is he the Chief Minister that he is obliged to visit? What result will such a visit achieve? Or are you demanding a visit from him on the basis that he is the "Future Prime Minister"? The only people who should be concerned are the Congress PR department, but strangely you seem more concerned than them.

    Perhaps the entire group of MPs should descend on Sabarimala to cause endless traffic jams 'express their condolences'.

    But nobody seems to be talking about say, better facilities and crowd-control methods for the pilgrims.
     
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    You guys are weird. You expect a man to drive immediately into a situation and add more burden on the system. who will prepare his security? how much does it interfere with what has to be done- like taking care of the injured in the hospital? it is not an easy task to have someone of his caliber just fly in... its the same in the US and its president too. it can actually be a determent to have a VVIP visit these situations asap. I like Rahul, he is progressive and smart...I don't want him to be a showboat politician. BTW- where is the anger at the state govt for having such a lax security procedure? is this first time in the history of the country this event was held?

    what killed them is lack of planning not rahul.
     
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    warriorextreme Senior Member Senior Member

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    i hate rahul gandhi..
    but i dont think he should affect his personal life over this...we all are sad for the incident but that does not mean one should sacrifice some happiness in his life over it.
     
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    Laws may not have mandated a sitting member of the national parliament to visit the victims of the nations biggest tragedy in a while,esp when he was part of festivities not far from the place of the tragedy,more so since Mr Gandhi made aerial attempt to reach the place only to be defeated by the truant weather gods,but laws of ethic and morality held sacrosanct,even for namesake, surely would have dictated a more proper course.But then one cant blame the lad for being rather unaware of too many things that India and Indians consider second nature,isn't it said that mother is the first teacher.

    The thing about Rahul Gandhi's aborted attempt to reach Shabarimala via a Helicopter is funny,Rahul should have been told that most people dont make it to Shabarimala on helicopters,there are less convenient means that can cover a distance of 100KMS.However it good that the incumbent MP from Amethi did not make it,one couldn't rule out the possibility of the death toll in Shabarimala from going up by one count.
     
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    You seem to have a knack for disparaging statements. are you a follower of the shiv Sena group? his mother has sacrificed more than either you , me or our families will do for India. you may not like someones politics but you have no right to claim some patriot flag over someone else because of your politics.
     
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    /\/\/\ I beg to disagree. Sacrifice is not the right word here. Assassination is!
     
  12. S.A.T.A

    S.A.T.A Senior Member Senior Member

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    Phoolan Devi made sacrifices too, am i now to prostrate before her offspring's and seek my salvation.sacrifices and their due have long been encashed ,the county has no more wherewithal to compensate for those sacrifices in perpetuity. I hope your smart and progressive leader is kind on defaulters like me.

    P.S:I wont ask your affiliation,lest you call me something more unsavory
     
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    equating Phoolan devi with his mother... heh. pseudo intellects and their mind numbing logic.
     
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    Without sacrifice one cannot be a leader.

    Mahatma Gandhi is a good example.

    It is not material if Rahul Gandhi visited or not. He would have been able to do anything except make some political small talk of no consequence.

    However, his visit was essential for the Congress Party since it will become a talking point for the Opposition that the Inheritor did not show the requisite gumption to stand with the people of Kerala in their moment of profound grief, sorrow and shock.

    That is the politics behind all moves - showing concern and shedding tears, even if they are only emulating the crocodile!
     
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    Compared to Rahul Gandhi's omniscient and all pervading intellect,my pseudo intellect stands summarily dismissed as non sequitur,they are indeed light years apart.
     
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    Sonia Gandhi did nothing for India. May be her husband. We just can't vote some one because they belong to great people. Buy that logic why people rebel against kings. Chain reaction and every one comes out as great.
     
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    that's utter rubbish. the problem with you guys is you get blinded with your version of politics and forget to respect the position. In the US we have a saying , you may dislike the president but you can't disrespect the presidency. of course it is not followed by the hyper partisans even the US, typically the right wing extreme, who claim the flag of being patriotic over the left.. She has endured and given up more than any wealth or power can bring relief. One hand we hear about India hitting it on all cylinders and is a great success story and on the other hand you guys play these petty politics of personal attacks.

    Are you better off in your personal life, job and as a family than you were before this govt? it is called kitchen table issues...

    do you think thereafter if the country is headed in right or wrong direction? that's what matters the most.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Could you elaborate on She has endured and given up more than any wealth or power can bring relief.?

    I would love to venerate her for her sacrifices.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It is not Mrs Gandhi who has given better jobs, or made our personal life better and all that. It is the unsung hero - Narshimha Rao, the PM who got the globalisation and liberalisation going that is credited to MMS for political reasons.

    Right now the petrol prices have shot through the ceiling. Diesel has not. Political reasons and nothing more,

    The inflation is high and food price inflation is nearing 20%. Certain food stuff is beyond the reach of even the middle class.

    And we have an economist PM!

    So could you reconcile your statement with facts on the bread and butter issues?

    If anyone has sacrificed it is the common man and not Sonia Gandhi.
     
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    First lets be crystal clear, I was talking about SATA's post that I took offense to- being disrespectful of Rahul and Sonia by eluding that they are less Indian because of their heritage. It had nothing to do with their politics or claiming the child ( Rahul)is not in touch with the public ( that claim a has been made of many presidents and prime minsters of the world), but rather that he is less of an Indian because of his mothers heritage. De legitimizing of an Indian! that I took offense to.

    Now, regarding Ms Sonia Gandhi. she definitely is the one who driving the agenda from my perspective looking in from outside. That may be a wrong assumption, but that's how it looks for us from the US per say. These are her hand picked people , yeah?

    The problem with food inflation and I was speaking to my mother who resides in Bombay the other day - is not a problem that can be solved by increasing interest rates. Rather it's your middle men to blame. They are the reason for the food inflation. The govt. can do very little here because those are private entities yeah? so if you want to be a free market driven country then you can't have govt regulate every aspect of it, and interfere directly- else it will kill the growth. NOW_ If there is a cabal amongst these middlemen to price fix then govt can sue them for unfair practices - that's if you have those commerce clauses.

    What this needs is direct distribution path from farmers to consumers. Bottom line: If you want to be open markets , free market principle then GOVT. IS NOT THE ANSWER beyond setting some regulatory terms. Else , you will go back to socialism.

    Gas prices are on the rise everywhere in the world , so not sure why you think India should escape it? just over holidays it was 2000 rupees per gallon here. India needs to get off its dependence on Oil. govt can limit the the minimum gas/mile standards. etc etc.


    ask your wife , if she willing to have the greatest wealth in world and in return be a widower , risk you sons lives , have your mother shot dead . she has plenty of opportunity to be in the spotlight but stays in the background.she the patriarch of the family and I have not seen but growth under her tenure. there are going to be growing pains, but you don't throw the good out for the dream of having the perfect!
     
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    May I ask how you came up with this gem? Please enlighten me what "his mother has sacrificed"?
     
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