Rahul Gandhi and Austerity Measures

Much has been written about the UPA’s recent austerity measures, but after reading about Rahul Gandhi’s trip on the ‘Austerity Express’, I could not resist writing something here, too!

The Indian Express informs us that Rahul Gandhi now has a head start in the great austerity march.Yesterday, he refused an Executive Class seat- which he is entitled to as an MP, and travelled economy class on the Swarn Shatabdi Express.

“Rahul, who sat in the first row, was served vegetarian breakfast, on normal cutlery. Reportedly he demanded that he be served water too in a plastic cup like the other passengers.

However, ‘Rahul had some nervous moments’ as sharp stones shattered windowpanes of the moving train in Babarpur village near Gharaunda town on the way back. Panipat SP Srikant Jadhav said that it was probably the handiwork of village boys.

Haryana cops and forensic experts are probing the attack on Rahul’s train .

Rohtak range Inspector General of Police V. Kamaraj said that the matter was under investigation. And that people in nearby villages were being questioned.

I wonder just what all the forensic experts are doing? Taking the fingerprints of all the children in the area and matching them with any found on the stones?

And how many policemen have left their usual duties, and are busy rounding up village kids on the suspicion of throwing stones?

“A child who was sitting next to the smashed window could have been hurt. If this has happened because of Rahul travelling on this train, it would be better if such VIPs don’t travel with the public. The stone hit the window like a bullet and landed in with glass pieces,” one passenger said.

Maybe it would be cheaper, and safer (for other passengers) if Rahul Gandhi travelled in 5-Star style?

On a different note– This blog has completed one year today.

Many thanks to my blogger friends- I don’t think I would have continued to blog this long without your encouragement and support!
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31 thoughts on “Rahul Gandhi and Austerity Measures”

  1. Manju,Many happy returns of the Day to your blog…congratulations !And I do wish the powers that be simply cut out all these so called austerity gestures. Jumping suddenly and immediately on arrival from #66 on the waiting list to 3 rows of front seats in the chair car compartment is not austerity. And neither is eating what the junta eats a sign of austerity. While n number of police big shots investigate the conspiracy behind the train window stoning, just yesterday, someone travelling between Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli was hit with a stone and had his head fractured. The Central railway GM, as well as the police have nothing to say, or for that matter are doing nothing. The fellow is in the ICU of Wockhardt Hospital. These austerity displays of leaders are just foolish exercises.

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  2. Congrats and many happy returns! There is such a huge disconnect between the lifestyles of the rulers and the common public in India, that a symbolic train journey by the Crown Prince becomes news. A sorry state of affairs.

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  3. Congrats on completing one year Manju! Wish you many more. It is always a pleasure to read and sometimes soak in what you write.Coming to Rahul, considering the number of SPG commandos he carried and the additional security arrangements that must have been in the train and at stations, including those en route whee the train halted, I think the cost would have been more than first class air.I think this "dikhawa" is pretty meaningless. The sooner it is done away with, the better.

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  4. Congrats for completing one year…The general rule i was told, one tends to get bored after a year or so of blogging..Hope you continue with same enthusiasm…We wish politicians to deliver results..if they do that, they will be saving lot of money…than this sort of gimmicks…In your earlier bolgs you had written about how convicts were released on birthday anniversary..did u come across this? heard that TN govt has released 10 convicts of coimbatore bomb blast which killed 46 people, on annadurai birth anniversary after they had served 10 yrs in prison…is this news correct?

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  5. Ugich Konitari– Thank you!I had not read about the incident on the Central Railway- how sad… And of course, no forensic experts chasing after kids between Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli!Sagarone– Thanks!Yes it certainly is a sorry state of affairs!

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  6. Wow… congrats on the Ist blog anniversary 🙂 its time to celebrate…and I am just annoyed by the news of stone pelted at the Rahul Gandhi travelled train for about 1 hour… in CNN-IBN..he better go in his alloted seat and comfort and leave the people in peace…

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  7. My best wishes on the first anny.I am sick and tired of reading this economy drive.It is high time we gave up this NATAK.It has only given TV channels another topic which they can write editorials about for the next few years.Let put an end to this miserable subject.

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  8. Vinodji– Thank you for your kind words!I think Rahul Gandhi intends to make a tamasha to such an extent that people will beg him to travel 1st class air again!Sunder– Thanks!Yes, apparently nine people convicted in this case were released yesterday. Here is the link to an article in The Hindu

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  9. Congratulations on the First Anniversary, Manju! Many many happy returns of the anniversaries. We are here waiting to read many more posts of yours!What Rahul is doing is not correct. How did the children knew that Rahul was traveling in that compartment? The passengers in that compartment had to go through so much tension unnecessarily.

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  10. Kanagu– Thanks! You completed one year of blogging recently, too, didn't you?Yes, it is very annoying!Chowlaji– Thank you!Yes, this subject is going on and on…Sandhya– Thank you very much!Good question. How did the children know?

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  11. Manjuji…Wow….that is some achievement as I know how difficult it was to sustain interest and come up with posts at regular intervals.Congratulations on passing this hurdle and completing your first year in this e-universe in great style.Your posts have been a great pleasure to read and also reflect on. I am impressed with the breadth of your reading and learning and I am happy that your blog is part of my "must read" routine.

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  12. Congratulations! I check your blog everyday from the past few months. Great work.And austerity is a real eyewash. If they could do something about their bad governance and corruption, that would do work wonders and we could be among the best nations in the world.

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  13. Congratulations!!!I'm sure if a cost-benefit analysis is done, the result will show that it is cheaper for our politicians to travel by first class on planes than by other modes of transportation…This is nothing but a PR measure…

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  14. Congratulations on the one years. Its always a moment to treasure and savour !! indeed. And this austere show is but a show. Let the elections get over, and until the next ones arrives…well, the trains are going to see some strange passengers !

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  15. Mavin– Thank you so much! And your blog is on my 'must read' list!Radha– Thanks!I agree, austerity is an eyewash- I wonder why politicians think that they can fool the public so easily?Smitha– Thanks!Yes, I think so, too.

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  16. Congratulations for completing one year and sharing continually with your views with us.Our politicians are always on such stunts nothing new. The real measures to cut cost have never been taken care of. If govt. takes some hard steps to stop corrupt practices of the govt. officials who do so at the cost of taxpayers money that shall be enough. Does Rahul gandhi have ever counted the No.of tube wells actually sunk for and billed for how many?

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  17. Roshni– Thanks!Unfortunately, Rahul Gandhi has turned out to be proficient in making meaningless gestures….Sraboney– Thank you!Yes, I'm sure that first class air travel will turn out to be the cheapest option for politicians!Kavi– Thanks! When I started blogging I was not at all confident that I would continue this long…I wonder how long they can keep up this show of austerity?

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  18. Wish you many many more happy years of blogging ! recently started reading , but enjoy your posts very much.It is a big irony that even if our leaders start something good we are skeptical of their motives. I just wish that their intentions are honest and shown everywhere forever.

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  19. Its just tokenism and showbiz for our leaders. Those who follow austerity do it from within and all the time not for a week or an year against appeals. Wishing your blog many more years ahead of sharing great insights on the First Birthday of Of Cabbages and Kings!

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  20. Pradipji, Renu, Gopinathji– Thank you for your good wishes!Yes, the actions of politicians are just stunts and tokenism…Renu, it is indeed an irony that we are sceptical of politicians even if they do good work!

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  21. 🙂 Congrats and heartfelt wishes for being a quality blogger… You are my special friend,one who is wise… And picky about topics…Rahul Gandhi episode…well,it think its all drama to fool us..I just read in Hindu that his chennai trip had cost 1 crore rupees…

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  22. even that's make NEWS – that rahul gandhi denied executive class. it sounds more like a twisted tale of marie antionette. "look i can afford to travel the executive class. but i am not 'an MP — that itself is a mistake. don't make this son rise – the article in indian express definitely explains the feudalistic undertones of DEMOKRACY.-

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  23. Nimmy– Thanks! And I'm hoping to see you blogging regularly again- looking forward to your well-researched and interesting posts!:)Shail– Thank you!Definitely more economical!Anrosh– That our Democracy has feudalistic undertones is no secret- who can stop his rising to power, though?

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  24. First of all CONGRATULATIONS and bear hugs as well:)))((((((hugs)))))))))yay!! one year!:)))Here's to many more!:)) it is a pleasure reading your words because you write them with a lot of thought and it comes across quite clearly:))and now on to my fav topic;))RAhul Baba!:D:D:DMaybe it would be cheaper, and safer (for other passengers) if Rahul Gandhi travelled in 5-Star style? absolutely ..I would second that thought..I was reading this line in TOI and was itching to write something on this topic..''it takes a lot of money to keep a Gandhi in poverty'' (or something along these lines) and I was thinking to myself about how true this statement was…The sheer naatak that goes on in the name of austerity these days is just mind boggling!

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  25. Sucharita– Certainly better than building statues- I completely agree!Indyeah– Thanks!Of course I understand that you're busy, and you should be.:)But I'm really missing your posts, and comments here, and on other blogs, Abhi!

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