By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2020-07-20 19:07:14
Ashok Gehlot's crass personal attack on Sachin Pilot once again proves that when a person is filled with hate, he loses all sense of proportion and talks incoherently and without logic. Gehlot charges Pilot with being worthless (the word sounds very mild in English, Gehlot used "nikamma" and "nakara" in Hindi and they have connotations that are much stronger than worthless) and yet later says that he is disappointed that a man "who achieved so much in 12 years of his political career" could "play such a game" while referring to Pilot's alleged attempt to topple Gehlot's government.
Now, which of Gehlot's statement is true? Is Pilot a nikamma and nakara who did nothing for the state Congress or is he a dedicated party worker, who achieved much in his relatively short political career? There is no doubt that Ashok Gehlot is an experienced politician who has been with the Congress through thick and thin. Yet it can also not be denied that the Congress victory in the state elections of 2018 was as much due to the anti-incumbency factor and the people's disenchantment with Vasundhara Raje (the popular slogan "Modi tujhse bair nahin, Rani teri khair nahin" said it all) as the untiring efforts of Sachin Pilot and his team.
During the entire campaign, other than working with the old guard (his friends) in the Congress high command to pack the nominee list with his loyalists in the name of caste calculations, Gehlot left it to Pilot to do all the scheming, organizing and huffing and puffing. Yet, when the Congress won, he put in the seniority card to demand the chief minister's chair. Even after Rahul Gandhi brokered peace between the two, Gehlot made no attempts to win the trust of his deputy. In fact, Gehlot has recently admitted that they stopped speaking to each other just one month in the term. In just one month, Gehlot came to know that Pilot was nikamma and nakara and he forgot his contribution in the election victory. As a senior politician, Gehlot should have taken Pilot under his wings and made him understand that the interest of the party would be served better if they worked together. But as Gehlot was more concerned about furthering the prospects of his son Vaibhav, he saw Sachin Pilot as a threat. He never made any attempts to mend fences with him.
People like Gehlot have a strange and obnoxious hatred for anyone who speaks good English and is good looking as if being ugly and speaking only the local language are prime requisites to succeed in politics. They have a complete aversion to people who are young and ambitious as they think that they are a threat to them. Sachin Pilot was a dedicated Congressman (his father Rajesh Pilot was a rising star in the party before his unfortunate death in a car accident in 2000) till Gehlot and others like him in the Congress high command left him with no option but to revolt against repeated attempts to reduce his stature. No one in the Congress gave him his due for 19 months and made him work under a man who did not let go of any opportunity to put him down and they now call him a worthless traitor. This is convoluted logic at its best.