If politics is about making the appropriate strikes on the proper time, then what could be its converse? Resorting to the disappearing trick when a selected scenario calls for the presence of a frontrunner? Nicely, these questions are being requested of former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s absence within the aftermath of the January 5 violence on the Jawaharlal Nehru College.
From social media to TV channels to on-line portals, Mr. Gandhi’s absence was as soon as once more reported as an indication of his being a “non-serious” politician. The time period “once again” is getting used as a result of the previous Congress chief’s absence was additionally identified through the Delhi Police’s crackdown on college students of the Jamia Millia Islamia College (JMIU) through the anti-Citizenship Modification Act protests. It was then identified that Mr. Gandhi was on pre-scheduled go to to South Korea on the invitation of the federal government there.
True, through the violence at JNU, Mr. Gandhi did put out a robust tweet and referred to as the attackers “masked thugs”, asserting that the “fascists in control of the nation are afraid of the voices of our brave students”.
However Mr. Gandhi didn’t go to the JNU campus on his return, which continued to be a matter of dialogue for commentators. Nevertheless, there’s close to whole silence by commentators on why Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was lacking from each JMIU as effectively JNU.
For a person who constructed his political profession on agitations or dharnas or sit-in protests (one of many FM stations in Delhi labelled him ‘Dharna Kumar’), Mr. Kejriwal’s absence was eloquent.
He did tweet on talking to Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor about “restoring order”, however there was no ‘signature-style Kejriwal’ attacking the Delhi Police and the Union Authorities, or visiting JNU to precise solidarity with college students.
Although there isn’t any official rationalization as to why Mr. Kejriwal didn’t go to one of the vital prestigious campuses within the metropolis he’s accountable for, experiences recommend it may very well be on the recommendation of his election strategist Prashant Kishor.
To flee label
The transfer was being seen as an try to flee from being labelled as an “urban Naxal” and being a part of the tukde tukde (‘break up up India’) gang.
In any case, JNU added to the nation’s and media’s political jargon with phrase tukde tukde throughout a protest, when Kanhaiya Kumar was the president of the JNU College students Union (JNUSU) in 2016.
The controversy revolved round a protest over the hanging of Parliament assault convict Afzal Guru, when slogans akin to “Bharat tumhare tukde honge hazaar” (‘India will be disintegrated into a thousand pieces’) and “Azaadi” (freedom) have been heard.
JNUSU defined that their protest had nothing to do with Afzal Guru and the slogans have been about “aazadi” from social issues like poverty and illiteracy. Kanhaiya Kumar additionally claimed that the protests have been carried out by “outsiders” and the slogans heard within the video clips have been doctored.
However that didn’t lower a lot ice as not solely did Mr. Kumar must serve a jail time period and get bashed up by legal professionals for “main the tukde tukde gang”, anybody who expressed solidarity with the JNU college students have been referred to as anti-national.
Mr. Gandhi, reportedly on the recommendation of an aide who was a former Left activist in JNU, went on to precise solidarity and have become an honorary member of the “tukde tukde gang”, because the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering put it.
With this background, Mr. Kejriwal maybe didn’t want to threat his political picture forward of the elections. And maybe that additionally explains why Mr. Gandhi didn’t make a go to to the campus even on his return.