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Rahul – on a healthy mission

Though it appeared that the impact of the global economic slump was negligible in India, there is enough indication that things are not all that rosy. To begin with, the country’s export front suffered a setback and this was followed by food shortage resulting from monsoon failure. The prices of essential commodities also began to shoot up. Right now, there seems to be no worthwhile plan to over come the situation, but the congress-led government has imposed some austerity measures on its members to cut down expenditure. All MPs and ministers have been advised to travel in economy class or by train. Of course, the opposition leaders have been making some sarcastic comments about this idea, not realizing that these MPs and Ministers were setting an example. Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the youth wing of the congress party has become the target of certain leading Newspapers in India. Of late, he has been visiting places and contacting thousands of youngsters in order to enlist their active participation so as to make the party vibrant and strong. These Newspapers were especially critical of the exorbitant travel expenditure incurred by the youth congress in connection with his flying visit to a southern state recently. Of course, it may appear to be a bit too much in view of the austerity measures announced by the party. But if we are to take into account the purpose of his visit and its likely effect on thousands of youngsters, it will far outweigh the seemingly huge expenditure. The country can not afford to have umpteen parties and the uncertainties of the coalition set up. As such, Rahul, Sonia or Advani cannot sit at home to avoid “Unnecessary” expenditure. It will be ideal if we have just two or three parties and towards this end, people like Rahul have a great role to play.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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