Despite much hyped J&K cadre IAS officer’s flaunts on fighting his own battle himself post ‘Rapistan’ comment for India, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has come to his defence publicly. He wrote to Shah Faesal, “I write to you in solidarity against the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to initiate an inquiry for expressing your opinion on the rising incidents of rapes in India.” Rahul Gandhi goes on telling the officer that the founders of the country had envisioned freedom of expression as the fundamental right of every citizen. Very true!
Rahul Gandhi is a real democrat, who religiously believes in freedom of expression. By this logic, the great proponent of the freedom of expression is expected to love every Indian’s right to ask, not only that of Shah Faesal. If so, then he will have to do much explaining on myths, rumours and facts inflicted to Hindustan, which according to Shah Faesal is Rapistan, from the times of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehra to Indira Gandhi and Feroz Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi himself.
Let the inheritor of Pandit Nehru’s legacy explain the relationship between his great grandfather and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, Dhirendra Brahamchari and O. P Mathai with Indira Gandhi and Feroz Gandhi and Tarkeshwari Sinha, to quote a few.
Sagrika Ghose in her updated article on NDTV portal of 7th July 2017 writes, In Mathai’s autobiography, Reminiscences of the Nehru Age, he allegedly wrote a chapter entitled ‘She’ which describes a ‘passionate’ Indira with whom he apparently had a twelve-year-long affair. The version of the alleged chapter widely available online on various right-wing websites has lines such as ‘she has Cleopatra’s nose, Pauline Bonaparte’s eyes and the breasts of Venus’. The chapter says her ‘cold and forbidding’ reputation was only a measure of ‘feminine self-protection’; she was ‘exceptionally good in bed’; ‘in the sex act she had all the artfulness of French women and Kerala Nair women combined’; she loved ‘prolonged kissing’; and she became pregnant by the author and had to have an abortion”.
What Rahul Gandhi has to say about his own relationship with Sukanya Singh and the episode when he was 46 year old? “How such a pious man could be accused of indulging in immoral activities with a girl from Amethi.
Rahul Gandhi had been actually dragged into the controversy by a former Samajwadi Party MLA Kishore Samrite, in a petition filed before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, alleging that Sukanya Singh had been raped by the then Congress Vice President and five of his foreigner friends. He had stated that the girl and her parents had been “untraceable” since January 2007, barely two weeks after Rahul and his friends had allegedly sexually assaulted Sukanya.
Samrite had filed a habeas corpus petition before the Allahabad High Court, but the court had in March 2011 dismissed his petition, imposed Rs 50 lakh fine on him for making frivolous allegations. To this, Samrite had gone in appeal before the Supreme Court which had in April 2011 stayed the High Court verdict and issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi had strongly denied the allegations in an affidavit and after a thorough judicial process the Supreme Court had dismissed the case against him stating that the allegation was without substance and without an iota of evidence. The applicant had been fined as well. But rumours have not died down.
If Hindustan is really a Rapistan then Congress in general and Rahul Gandhi in particular will have to make some sort of introspection. They will have to come clean on the allegations and counter-allegations leveled against the so-called first dynasty of India. But, in the instant case, Rahul Gandhi is expressing solidarity with all those who nail India just to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is most dangerous trend and speaks of lowest depths of Indian politics. By encouraging those rapping the nation for their career advancement, the Congress is treading a thorny path where it will ultimately see itself bleeding profusely.
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