His ticket to ride
The Gandhi scion’s got a bit of zip in him as he begins his motorcycle diaries in Uttar Pradesh. If Breaking News was a T-shirt, our young radical lot would all be wearing Rahul Gandhi on their chests by now and going radical chic Tauji-India-style.india Updated: May 21, 2011 07:09 IST
Digvijaya Singh isn’t quite an Alberto Granado and Rahul Gandhi doesn’t chomp on a cigar. But if Breaking News was a T-shirt, our young radical lot would all be wearing Rahul Gandhi on their chests by now and going radical chic Tauji-India-style.
Okay, so Mr Singh, unlike Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s pal Granado, wasn’t there when Mr Gandhi charged off to Bhatta-Parsaul village in Greater Noida as part of a one-man Lite Brigade.
But Mr Gandhi has been deemed a hero, a man with a cardiovascular muscle beating for the Jat community in the western Uttar Pradesh village moaning about their land being sold at a pittance by the uncaring Mayawati government to real estate merchants.
The fact that the UP authorities picked up Mr Gandhi in the late evening and deported him to the country of his origin, Lutyens’ Delhi, only boosted the iconic image of the Congress mass leader-to-be by several notches.
We have heard tut-tuts from some quarters about his reaching Ground Zero at Bhatta-Parsaul not by leaning into the wind, but by riding pillion while someone else rode the mobike. These are just canards thrown at the only person who seems to understand the weight of the words of that unnamed Jat Zen master: to reach the heart of the people you must take the bumpy road (and not the smooth DND Flyway with cops waiting).
So does this mean that the battle of Uttar Pradesh, officially slated for the summer of 2012, has already started in earnest? Going by our ‘Che’s’ grit and chutzpah, it would seem that a Congress government is finally returning to the plains of Uttar Pradesh.
We would suggest that the next move be of Mr Gandhi taking the wheel of a tractor and moving his way to another zone, another issue in the sprawling state under the rule of Mayawati. She can’t ride a motorcycle. So the advantage is clear as the duplicity of the Batista regime.
A tractor-ride would just bring about a long-awaited revolution.