There is not much to praise about Rahul Gandhi yet. He is just a publicly elected MP; with some organsizational experience as the president of a major national political party. So not much can be said about his performance as a Prime minister (even a Minister). But one thing seems for certain, he is far more responsible, good and well reasoned than many of us think him to be.
This very distinction came to light when West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee member Rajiv Sinha filed a complaint over a scene in the web-series, Sacred Games (based on this book , Hindi), in which the protagonist, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, uses derogatory language while speaking about late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Within a couple of days of the complaint, Rahul tweeted,
“BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right. My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that.”
Isn’t it a statement of a responsible human being?
Particularly when, BJP leadership wants to create issues out of nothing. So that no one can question it on real issues such as job, price-rise, farmer distress.
Rahul’s response to the situation is responsible, intelligent and balanced for another reason — When people are being lynched for suspicion of child-theft, food in their lunch box, then there is no reason to make an unnecessary controversy/promotion about a fictional web series. If Rahul Gandhi thinks that his voice must be used for more pressing issues such as jobs, price-rise, farmer distress, mob lynchings and law-and-order situation, then he is correct.
BTW, day before yesterday, the Congress member has also withdrawn the complaint against Netflix series Sacred Games.
Sacred Games co-director Anurag Kashyap, actor Swara Bhaskar have praised Rahul Gandhi’s gracious stand over the issue. Part of the praise might be for his ability to keep National interests before the personal ones. Part of the praise might be for him not indulging in small talk, gossip, foot in the mouth behavior, chronic complaining and pedling of conspriarcy theories all the time.
Lets see how he functions in future days, months.