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RSS / BJP stalwarts should learn to respect Rahul Gandhi
Former Union Minister Shri Arun Shourie, the BJP party leader, needs no introduction. He is known of his erudition, honesty and integrity and commands an incisive pen. In an interview with Journalist Swati Charturvedi, for her book 'I Am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the BJP's Digital Army' described his support for Narendra Modi as one of the "biggest mistakes" of his life.

Here are some salient points of his interview:

After the RBI governor has been thrown out, this gives very important signals. First, it's a favour to those corporate houses. Second, it gives a very important [signal] that if you don't do our bidding and are not seen to be doing our bidding, you are out. Third, it's a signal that professionals are not welcome in this set up and then, the most important, that no institution will be autonomous. The so called Gujarat model is exactly this. One man, nobody else. One man going to any extreme. The man not even realising that drama is not achievement.

It's a decentralised emergency. What we are going towards is a pyramidal decentralised mafia state, where local goons will be labour anyone whom they think is doing something wrong. The central people will look the other way. The central people will provide a rationale for the goondas at the local level … It's not love for the cow but just an instrument for domination.

A statement is made, an incident is created. A campaign is launched. He remains silent. Everybody says, baba please speak, begs him to speak. No. When the campaign has been milked or that abuse has been milked for what it can yield, then at last, three months later, he makes some ambiguous statement. Like motherhood is good. We should all respect our mothers.

The one big difference is at that time Mrs [Indira] Gandhi still used the law. Now, it is not the law. These people are acting outside the law. These people are acting outside the law. This is true fascism because you say what is the law? I am the law. All this action is being done outside the government, worse, things are being done inside the government to choke the existing laws.

Modi and Shah are every day espousing RSS values, these are their values. This is the RSS in power. It is foolish to put it on a pedestal. Look at the chaps who have been put in institutions. That's the long-term consequence … All this talk over the country is only to justify this takeover. The takeover is also not of some great historic mission but to ensure government cars, to sit in government offices. This is the level of ambition of the deprived! The oppressed who has been cast out, his aspiration is to be like the oppressor.

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It is no caricature but a direct list of charges against the NDA government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a big gun of BJP.

However, the tritons and minions of RSS / BJP juggernaut are prone to make mockery and deprecate Rahul Gandhi with intemperate gusto and glee. The countrymen have become used to the sub-standard and perverted standard of politics since the rise of name-calling politics encouraged by many in power today.

Rahul is a seasoned politician who had made his entry into politics in March 2004, by announcing that he would contest the May 2004 elections, standing for his father's former constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi won, retaining the family stronghold with a victory margin of over 100,000.

He was a prominent figure in the Congress campaign for the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Gandhi was appointed General Secretary of the Congress. He was elevated to the position of the vice-president of the party in January 2013.

Unfortunately, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaves no opportunity to call him Pappu, inexperienced, green horn and a "part time politician".

"Rahul ji, who is out on bail in National Herald case and has recently returned from a holiday from Europe."

Taking a dig at the Gandhi scion, Shri Vijayvargiya, the BJP member said, "Rahul Gandhi's activities are like as if he is the hero of comedy circus."

Speaking at a function at his constituency Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked Rahul Gandhi over his corruption charge against him and said it was good to see a young leader learning to speak.

It reflects the collective superiority complex and arrogance that defies morality, political etiquette, decency and logic. It is an exaggerated feeling of being winner of an election based on 31 % of public support, it is also the psychological defense in which feelings of superiority counter or conceal feelings of inferiority that comes from BJP's murky past - a history that they had never contributed in the struggle of independence.

It has forgotten that in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections Rahu Gandhi had retained his Amethi seat by defeating his nearest rival by a margin of over 370,000 votes. Gandhi was credited with the Congress revival in Uttar Pradesh where they won 21 out of the total 80 Lok Sabha seats.

Gandhi had contested the 2014 election from his constituency, Amethi held his seat by defeating his nearest rival, BJP's Smiriti Irani by 107,000 votes.

His is serious contender of the highest constitutional chair of nation. No one can afford to take him lightly.

Granted, that Politicians often caricature and distort their opponents, there are some lines of political behavior. The caricature usually involves falsely claiming that only your opponent violates the norms of civilized debate. Such claims are almost always false, because -- unfortunately -- usually all sides have given up on civil discourse. But the BJP / RSS stalwarts are outdoing what is needful to do.

Here are some excerpts of decent debates that invite us to learn the norms of civilized politics:

"That's the choice you face this November -- between dividing ourselves up, looking for scapegoats, ignoring the evidence -- or realizing that we are all stronger together. If we turn against each other -- whether it's divisions of race or religion -- we're not going to build on the progress we started. If we get cynical and just vote our fears -- or we don't vote at all -- we won't build on the progress we've started. America has been a story of progress, but has not gone in a straight line. There have been times where we've gone forward, there have been times where we've gone backwards. And what's made the difference each and every time is citizens voting, and caring, and committing to our better selves. Coming together around our common values, and our faith in hard work and our faith in each other, and the belief in opportunity for everybody, and assuming the best in each other, and not the worst."

-- President Barack Obama, June 25, 2016.

We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made. … This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans' pocketbooks and livelihoods, to support our friends and allies, to stand up to our adversaries, and to defend our interests. It also underscores the need for us to pull together to solve our challenges as a country, not tear each other down.

-- Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, June 24, 2016, in a statement regarding the Brexit vote. 

First Lady Michelle Obama gave a rare and impassioned defense of her husband's legacy Saturday, saying he's risen above personal attacks and taken the high road even as opponents have questioned his patriotism, his honesty, his citizenship and his faith.

"As I've walked this journey with Barack, I've gotten a pretty good look at what it means to rise above the fray, what it means to set your eyes on the horizon, to devote your life to making things better for those who will come after you," she told the graduating class of Jackson State University, a historically black college in Mississippi.

"I have seen how, no matter what kind of ugliness is going on at any particular moment, Barack always stays the course," she said.

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