30 avril 2013 2 30 /04 /avril /2013 09:47
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is in no hurry to tie the knot or join the race for Prime Minister's post. He is attending Vipasana meditation camps and avoiding non-vegetarian food. Keeping his distance from political distractions and power mania, the Nehru-Gandhi scion, it appears, is slowly turning spiritual.
Rahul, who has started talking like a new-age guru in his interactions with various sections, surprised his Youth Congress colleagues by holding the three-day Indian Youth Congress executive at a Jain Ashram in Mohankheda, 87 km from Indore, from April 23 to 25.
The Ashram has a strict regimen. No food grown in soil like onion, potato is cooked or consumed. The inmates are supposed to eat their last meal before sunset and wake up before the sun rises. The ashram has a big hall where the 50-odd IYC men stayed during the camp. Rahul stayed with them for a few hours on the first day, and then drove off to Bhopal to attend a series of party functions.
For the youth Congressmen at Mohankheda, most of whom are used to eating non-vegetarian food and sleeping late, the camp was a cultural shock.
Sources said this was Rahul's way of initiating the youth brigade to the different socio-culturalreligious mileu of India. Asked whether Rahul Baba has become Baba Rahul, a youth leader said it was actually a part of Rahul's 'Discovery of India' a la Jawaharlal Nehru, his great grandfather.
The Jain Ashram isn't the first such venue of Rahul's IYC camps. Six months ago, he organised a similar meet at an ashram dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in Pune, where the IYC men had to tender cows, clean cow dungs from the sheds and stand in a queue with a utensil for food.
Sources close to Rahul said the practice of meditation has made him immensely cool and composed. He has been able to cultivate positive traits vis-a-vis many of his political detractors who are often foulmouthed.
An example of Rahul's composure is the speech he made while addressing a public meeting in Bhuj last December. The Congress scion accused Modi of practising "politics of anger" and said it was time people switched to the power of "love", preached by the Mahatma, to ensure the progress of Gujarat.
"Common man dreams are not looked at... it is just one man's dream that prevails in the state and who is practicing politics of anger," Rahul said without naming Modi.