Sat, Apr 14, 2012 | Updated 12:04PM IST Wor
Rahul Gandhi to party: I'm a Brahmin and party General Secretary
NEW DELHI: Post Congress's poor show in UP, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi seems to be brainstorming hard to come up with a revival plan for the party.
After the grand old party failed to woo voters with its pro-Dalit, pro-Muslim rhetoric, it is now looking towards its upper-caste vote bank.
Things seem to be taking a ridiculous turn however when the upper caste/Brahmin argument was invoked by a local UP leader saw Congress leader Rahul Gandhi rebutting the claim by remarking "I am a Brahmin...and general secretary in the party."
The above story carried in various newspapers and websites today is surely a great news. At the same time, it adds to the mystery. His mother Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi has so far stood her ground not to disclose her own religion. But by claiming that he is a "Brahmin" Mr. Rahul Gandhi has declared himself to be a Hindu by religion and, above all, taken pride in belonging to this high caste. At the same time, his younger sister continues to be a Christian. She has married at Christian and became Mrs. Priyanka Gandhi Vadara. In other words, his statement gives the Gandhi family a cosmopolitan, multi-religious entity.
Although his father, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi and his grandmother, Mrs. Indira Gandhi were cremated according to Hindu rites, there is still no certainty as to whether they actually were Hindus or not.
Certainly, Mr. Rahul Gandhi's claim has given a new twist to the mystery.