Aam Aadmi Party’s latest coup ahead of the much anticipated Lok Sabha polls this May has been to convince Rajmohan Gandhi to join their ranks. The former member of the Rajya Sabha, Gandhi is is a Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and also the proud grandson of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
The sexagenarian has turned down advances from other political parties like INC and BJP and firmly believes that AAP’s revolution against corruption within the country is reminiscent of Bapu’s Satyagraha.
A quick glimpse into Gandhi’s official website will give you a fair bit idea about how the man describes himself –Visit his Official Website.
Rajmohan Gandhi has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, Indo-Pakistan relations, human rights and conflict resolution. He is a biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and former President of Initiatives of Change (IofC).
A picture of the person himself standing right next to Bapu’s statue is a decent indicator of the perspective that this personality has towards our present political scenario and other major issues troubling our society. Hence, it is not surprising that Gandhi damned the political heavyweights Congress and BJP calling them parties for the rich people who have no consideration for the rural poor of the country. He felt that to have joined hands with either of them at such an advanced age would have been a gamble not worth taking.
Dr. Gandhi has been very vocal about the existent Indo-Pak relations and how the political leaders on either side of the border has not done anything credible to improve the situation. He believes that both these countries, having enjoyed a common past, need each other for their own betterment and security.
However, politics and peace building are entirely different and he had himself earlier admitted to the same.
Dr. Gandhi had earlier remarked that he believes that achieving success in politics is a very difficult task and he was not cut out for the same. He had the ‘insatiable desire and passion‘ but lacked a ‘good strategy.‘ You may read his entire statement here: Statement.
So, what happened that Gandhi decided to take the plunge into politics once again? Has the Aam Aadmi movement come across as an initiative worth being associated with or did he finally manage to sketch together a winning strategy that he has lacked all this while?
Or has the responsibility that comes with being the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari finally dawned on him?
Gandhi might be prepared to battle out against Narendra Modi or alternatively, contest a seat in New Delhi. Whichever way this goes, it would only augur well for the country’s future if he does manage to win later this year.