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Rahul Gandhi travelling in local train may be a politically smart move. He not only made the common people travelling feel thrilled to see him by their side! Same air, same heat, same crowd and ....
Even if it was pre-planned, strategic ploy, still it was successfull in accomplishing his agenda. He captured the middle class attention with affection. He catch the headlines but in a positive way. Besides he gave a befitting reply to Thackeray's and Raj's.
 
Whatever critics might say,  Rahul has won the hearts of the vote casting people.

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Originally posted by SolidSnake


Why is he being allowed to visit universities to propagate his party's agenda? No political party should be allowed to do this.

And what about his recent "NGS commandos UP and Bihar saved Mumbai during 26/11" remark, this was as inflammatory as were the remarks from the Thackereys. That wasn't a mature comment IMO!


I actually support the option of politicians speaking at universities. Over here universities may choose to have politicians as keynote speakers at variety of events. Politician or not, anyone who speaks at a university is propagating their perspective. An entrepreneur will promote their perspectives on business, scientists will promote their hypothesis, celebrities promote their world view. A private college even has a privilege of promoting a lop sided agenda of what they believe right. Having controversial speakers is one way of getting students to think and get involved in critical issues. It is also a matter of freedom of speech, student organization wants the KKK or some other radical leader speak at their meeting. propagate their views - that organization has the right to do so, as long as it does not encourage violence.

As for the NGS commandos from UP and Bihar saved Mumbai, I can see where it can be perceived inflammatory. It appears to take the Thackeray anti immigrant slogan and turns it around to the inflammatory opposite. At the same time it is just a reactionary statement.

If a man is racist, but a black fireman saved him from a fire, or a man is anti-immigrant and a Mexican tended to his wounds after he was mugged - it makes a point - look - you hate black people/Mexicans - but here they are some who helped you and cared for you. It can be taken in similar context, look you dislike these immigrants in your city - but it was these people you dislike who were amidst the ranks of those who helped in dire need. It is time to stop seeing the world with blind prejudice.

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