‘Karmanye Vadhikaraste ma phaleshu kadhachana’. ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ started from Kanyakumari and reached Kurukshetra. Sitting in that Kurukshetra, remembering this verse of Gita, Rahul Gandhi said, “Work must be pursued. But we should not look at the fruits of it.” He is also doing his work like an ‘ascetic’. Not looking at karma.
Agreement of Congress leaders
Congress leaders agree that Rahul’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ has met with an unexpected response in the north as well as in the south. But none of them are sure about the result of this in the politics of voting. Yesterday in Haryana’s Kurukshetra, Rahul claimed that the Congress will form the government in Hindi-belt states like Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. But Rahul is not at all interested in it. He is more interested in what the Congress will be doing in 5 years in the state where the Congress will form the government.
Rahul Gandhi recalled ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Gita’ when asked what he expected from the Kanyakumari to Kashmir march and what he would do after the march. He said, “When Arjuna fixed the eye of the fish as the target, did he say what he would do after the target got fulfilled? Bhagavad Gita also has the answer. You do your work. Whatever the result is, will happen eventually.”
BJP leaders are also shaken by the response to Rahul’s journey in the Hindi arena. Although they still think that Rahul-Priyanka programs are always crowded. But it does not give electoral or political benefit to Congress. The opposition camp, including a section of the Congress, is divided on whether the Yatra is the right political strategy to fight against the BJP-RSS’s ‘politics of division and hatred’. Rahul argued yesterday, “I’ve understood that this fight is not just a political fight. On the face of it, it is a political fight. But there has been a change in the country. Ever since the RSS started taking over the country’s institutions, it is no longer a political struggle. It’s another fight now. You can call it a battle of ideologies or a crusade.”
Statement from Rahul Gandhi
According to the opposition and the BJP camp, Rahul is actually trying to change his ‘image’ by walking from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. He wants to get rid of the ‘Pappu’ image given by BJP. Yesterday he said, “Rahul Gandhi is in your head. I have killed him. He is not there. He is not in my head. The person you’re seeing isn’t Rahul Gandhi. You are seeing him as Rahul. Rahul is in the head of the BJP, not in my head. If you don’t understand the subject read Hinduism. I have no interest in images. See my image as you like to see it. It does not bother me. I’ll keep doing my job.”
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS, Rahul said, Modi wants everyone to worship him. RSS also wants to worship by force. So all institutions, including media, are captured to create fear.”