Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday invoked Mahatma Gandhi while exhorting Youth Congress leaders to create "mutinies within" like the father of the nation to guide the nation's destiny and not lose the trust of the people.
"Learn to lead. Test your ideas, Challenge your thoughts. Create mutinies within yourself and others around you, develop a relationship with your people. Learn to listen to people," he said.
Rahul was addressing a first ever national convention of more than 8,000 elected office bearers of the Youth Congress in Rohini on Delhi outskirts.
He said the system of elections and democratisation has been taken up by the Youth Congress so that its doors are open to the youth of the nation.
"This system of periodic elections will ensure that the youth of India will have the opportunity to elect their own leaders every two years. The elections have empowered a new generation of Youth Congress leaders," he said.
Earlier the delegates forced Unique Identification Authority of India chairman Nandan Nilekani and noted political psychologist Ashis Nandy to end their speeches abruptly as they were keen to listen to Rahul.
Dedicating most of his speech to Mahatma, Rahul asked the youth Congress workers to listen to and respect their opponents, because "they guide you".
"Most importantly, learn to recognise and fight for the truth. Finally, understand that leadership in our tradition is not about taking but about giving. It is not about leading people but leading yourselves," he said and called upon them to take the reins of the Youth Congress.
"Try not to lose this trust. Today, many political leaders lead by telling people what they want to hear. People who tell others what they want to hear are not called leaders. They are called followers,' he said.