SurferSpeak | Decoding Sonia Gandhi
Our surfer sees her as an endearing symbol of simplicity and good sense.india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 12:34 IST
There are three kinds of people. One who speak without knowledge, the second who speak with knowledge, and the third whose instinctive strength is their silence and judiciousness of speech.
It is more than obvious that Sonia Gandhi belongs to the third category.
Mostly, such people have limited knowledge, but tremendous common sense. Sonia Gandhi has become an enigma because of her frugality of speech. She has consistently frustrated her opponents and her analysts because she gives away too little.
Sonia Gandhi does not even speak on issues of national importance like business and economy, or science and technology, or any sociological or global issues, etc. She has never boasted of any intellectual superiority whatsoever.
She enjoys silence.
But Sonia instinctively knows to hire the best talent to run the nation, like Dr Singh and Chidambaram and Montek Singh and so on. Just like Henry Ford used to say that he did not need a PhD to run his company, he could simply hire PhD s by the dozens to work for him.
Apart from common sense, the second sterling strength of Sonia Gandhi is her humility and simplicity. It is public knowledge that Sonia Gandhi was very content to be a housewife who raised two kids, while her husband remained a pilot of the Indian Airlines.
The glamour and the grandeur of power politics never enticed her, while Sanjay Gandhi and his wife, Meneka, were seized by that universal bug of power.
Sanjay as the future prime minister of India, while her own husband as an ordinary pilot, never bothered Sonia's idea of a peaceful, happy and contented life.
Sonia vehemently opposed her husband's entry into politics after Sanjay's death. The glory of power did not interest her. Not even when Rajiv Gandhi died, and the whole of Congress begged her to become president of the Congress party.
Only after eight long years of stony silence and privacy, when she saw the Congress party was in a complete shambles, she chose to enter the cesspool of politics.
Sonia Gandhi's road to fame came in 2004 when the Sangh Parivar was shining, and their childhood upbringing of anger, jealousy and hatred betrayed them.
The Parivar is congenitally hateful and vulgar. Their jealousy is like a woman's jealousy, who is willing to bear all costs, but wants to show her rival woman down.
The Sangh does not know that in long-run politics is a field for the logical and the sophisticated. In politics you must play on the emotions of the masses, but take care to never get caught in your own trap that has laid out for them.
If you hate in politics, you lose. Your hatred will expose you, and the target of your hate will get mass sympathy for a victim. The fundamental rule is that there are no friends or foes in politics. It is not a field for emotional fools.
But since Parivar does not know politics, it hates Sonia Gandhi with a purple passion. As a result of their single-minded vilification and demonisation of Sonia Gandhi, they have created a phenomenon out of a simple, average and humble woman of foreign origin who had no knowledge, wisdom or experience to show off in comparison to her stalwart opponents.
Except that she had oodles of common sense and humility, which they lack by design and default.
But at the end of the day, lack of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.
Lack of knowledge is her greatest weakness. It is her weakest link. In critical moments, she has to be depended on her trusted lieutenants. And when you are dependent on others, their weaknesses become yours.
Humility is still her formidable weapon, and even this time round, she converted her weakness into strength, a threat into an opportunity. Sonia caught every Indian by surprise and resigned. The Sangh, of course, cannot understand her. That is why they fail to anticipate her moves. She does not think like them.
And of course, the Sangh will never learn. None of us do. Our learning is concrete by the time we turn 18. That is why the Sangh leaders, their spokespersons, their campaigners and workers continue to attack Sonia Gandhi personally, adding more fuel to her fire all the time, creating a political legend out of a simple, poorly educated woman who was a homemaker for most of her life.
The Sangh Parivar does not have the singular, unemotional goal to win power. It is too stupid for that. It just wants to satiate its emotional hatred against Sonia Gandhi. Just like a jealous woman.
If only they ignored Sonia Gandhi steadfastly and focused on issues instead of remaining personality-centric and paranoid, they would at least have a fighting chance against her.
But right now it is her humility versus their arrogance. The Sangh is arrogant by origin and Sonia is humble by origin.
Both shall not change.
And the old Chinese wisdom says: "Arrogance invites ruin; humility receives benefits."
Vikas Vij can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org.
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