Saw Rahul Gandhi organize a “village assembly” or “Chaupal” for a small group of farmers from his Amethi Constituency. The Chaupal saw Rahul sit surrounded by farmers, patiently listening to the farmer grievances and speaking intermittently. The entire atmosphere is very informal, with Rahul listening more and speaking less.
This is totally in contrast with how Narendra Modi carries out his public appearances. Most of the times in his public appearances, Narendra Modi speaks emphatically, speaks more “I” or “We” than any other Indian politician today, and speaks of specific solutions to pan India problems. In short, Modi is quite vocal in his public appearances.
Now you will be thinking, what kind of behaviour is a virtue Here.
Actually if we put Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi on the Communication Scale, having “Quite” on one end and “Talkative” on the other, then Rahul and Modi will be seen holding the two extremes. And extreme of anything is not Good. “Always Follow the Middle Path” as Buddha says.
So what is the solution here? The solution is simple — both need to move away from the extremities. Modi needs to mallow down a bit and become less talkative; and Rahul needs to up his ante. The process should go on, until both are somewhere in the middle.
It’s important from the voter point of view that both Rahul and Modi change their style of communication. Right now, the reluctance of Rahul Gandhi criticize his adversaries; and the reluctance of Modi see any virtue in his adversaries, is devoiding the voters of any information which can help them decide who to vote for. That apart, right now, Modi is all over the TV channels and Rahul Gandhi is nowhere.