Bharat Jodo Yatra was started with the intention of uniting India, but it has turned out to be quite the opposite as it has become the focal point of Bharat Todo (Break-India). This yatra is a very ambitious project undertaken by the Congress party to re-establish Rahul Gandhi and revitalise the Congress, despite the fact that Rahul Gandhi has failed thoroughly and miserably all through. He was unable to keep his old Lok Sabha constituency citadel of Amethi in the Congress fold. Under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, Congress was not even able to get a post as leader of the Opposition. This mega show is just a political guise undertaken by the Gandhi clan to establish their supremacy over gullible people. Simply providing a name and an appealing slogan and then walking on foot under the pretext of bringing people together is an exercise in futility. People wonder, “Is our India truly fractured?” and “Has the need to mend it arisen?”
The yatra covering 12 states started on September 7, 2022 from Kanyakumari and will conclude next month in Srinagar. The estimated 3,500-kilometre distance will be covered in 150 days.
Now that Rahul Gandhi has completed his 100 days of Bharat Jodo Yatra, let us look at how Congress’s flagship event of the year unfolded.
Rahul Gandhi met anti-Hindu Christian Pastor George Ponnaiah at the start of his yatra from Kanyakumari. This pastor made a gibberish statement during a conversation with our so-called Janeyu-dhari. The video went viral, and shamelessly, Rahul Gandhi didn’t even dare interrupt that pastor. In the video, a person is heard explaining in the background the connection between Jesus and God using different states of water. “It is like water, that is in three states: solid, liquid, and gaseous.” He then proceeded to explain that Jesus Christ is both God and the Son of God. “So, Jesus Christ is a form of God?” inquired Rahul Gandhi. On this, Pastor George Ponnaiah interrupted Rahul Gandhi, rebuking him and saying that Jesus is the only real God, unlike Shakti. When will Rahul realise that Sanatan Dharma is eternal and not a man-made religion? The pastor’s claim that Jesus is a real God and Shakti is not, demonstrates that he is not only a Hindu-hater but also an India hater. This foul-mouthed pastor insulted Bharat Mata in July last year by saying that Bharat Mata is dirty and can cause scabies. He was addressing a public meeting at Kanyakumari and was making fun of a BJP candidate for not wearing shoes. BJP candidate had removed shoes in respect of Mother Earth.
The pastor said, “But we wear shoes. Why? Because the impurities of Bharat Mata should not contaminate us. The Tamil Nadu Government has given us free footwear. This Bhu-Devi is dangerous, you could catch scabies from it,” in fact, he didn’t stop there but went on to issue to Hindu people. He claimed, “We are now the majority (in the Kanyakumari district)—from 42 per cent, we have crossed 62 percent. Soon we would be at 70 percent. You cannot stop us. I am saying this as a warning to my Hindu brothers.”
Rahul Gandhi also met anti-development people like Uday Kumar, who opposed the Kudankulam nuclear plant and the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi. He wanted to put breaks on projects of national importance, and Rahul Gandhi was showering love on him! During his Tamil Nadu Yatra, Rahul Gandhi was found wearing a 41,257 INR Burberry T-shirt, and his mocking PM Modi for once wearing an expensive outfit is nothing less than double speak.
Congress took a day off in Kerala during the Popular Front of India (PFI) ’s call for a Kerala bandh. Although Congress denies it, we all know better. We all know how Congress supports anti-India and anti-Hindu folks. Most of those whom Rahul Gandhi met in Kerala were not Hindus. Congress party workers were allegedly caught asking for a donation of 2,000 rupees from a vegetable vendor named Anas as part of the Yatra fund in Kunnikode, near Kollam. When the vendor offered Rs 500 instead of Rs 2000, his shop was vandalised.
Rahul Gandhi met with and visited various religious sects in Karnataka, simply enacting an appeasement policy. In fact, BJP leader Lahar Singh Siroya said during the Karnataka leg of the yatra that Congress had links with Maoists and separatists, as was seen during Siddaramiah’s regime that doled out funds to these Maoists. Also, Congress put up a photo of Rahul Gandhi on the flag of Karnataka state. Is he above our national identity and icons? This was a betrayal of the entire Kannada community around the world.
Rahul Gandhi was in Karnataka when the Marathi-Kannada issue arose in Belgavi. Not surprisingly, despite being in power in Maharashtra for decades, Congress could not resolve the Belgavi border issue! In fact, they enjoy this issue for political mileage and play divide and rule politics between Marathi and Kannada-speaking people. Tension mounted between Karnataka and Maharashtra. Trucks and buses were targetted, and number plates were blackened. Thanks to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s timely intervention, who mediated on this matter, the tension was diffused.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
In the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana legs of the yatra, the party was left red-faced after losing the Munnigode assembly by-polls after its legislator Komati Reddy quit the Congress and his assembly seat to join the BJP. As the Congress Party’s hopes were demolished as they lost the polls, it proved that this yatra had no impact on the party’s dwindling electoral prospects.
The Maharashtra leg of the yatra was also marred with controversy. Firstly, it covered only the eastern and northern parts of Maharashtra, leaving out the larger part. Then there was the meeting with this lady named Medha Patkar, who is tagged as an “anti-development” activist, and the Narmada Bachao activist, who stalled and delayed the Sardar Sarovar project through her anti-development and anti-growth stand. This time, she devised the ruse of a tribal welfare stance. She is constantly harping on the tribals about how the scheme will aid business houses in usurping their land. But very few people know that an FIR was filed against Medha Patkar in Madhya Pradesh for misappropriating funds collected in the name of educating tribal children. She was misleading tribal people. Pritam Raj, an activist, had filed an FIR accusing Medha Patkar of stealing more than 13 crore rupees under the guise of funding educational opportunities for tribal children. Pritam also alleged that she had misappropriated funds since she did not have accounts for all of the donations collected for the education of the tribal poor between 2007 and 2022. Rahul Gandhi also met the sympathisers of the Tukde-Tukde gang, who support Sushant Singh.
The biggest blunder Rahul Gandhi committed was reviling and disparaging Veer Savarkar. Disrespecting Maharashtra’s idol, and that too on its soil, is just not acceptable. This was when Aditya Thackeray joined Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Shiv Sena was very aggressive on its pro-Savarkar line during the Balasaheb Thackery era; anyone who dared to criticise Savarkar was met with black flags or even had their cars attacked. But this time, the Thackeray family didn’t even come out to refute Rahul Gandhi. If Balasaheb had been alive, he would have never allowed Rahul Gandhi to travel across Maharashtra without apologising.
It is worth noticing that Rahul Gandhi did not enter Gujarat as he was keen to buttress the prospects of the purportedly pro-Khalistan and anti-Hindu Aam Aadmi Party. During the Gujarat election, their star campaigners disrespected Hindu deities. Rajendra Pal Gautam, the ex-minister of AAP, was caught doing mass conversions of Hindus to other religions and vowed never to worship Hindu deities such as Ram, Durga, and others. Even the AAP Gujarat chief disrespected Hindu sentiments when he said, “Temples are the places where women are exploited.” He even abused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother using words like Neech. Fortunately, Gujarat did not succumb to AAP-Congress propaganda.
In Madhya Pradesh, the response to the yatra was lukewarm. There were consistent chants of Modi-Modi amidst the crowds, proving that Modi’s magic was intact. A frustrated Congress leader, Raja Pateriya, said during the Bharat Jodo Yatra that Modi should be killed to save democracy and Dalits. Gandhi believed in non-violence, as we are constantly told, but Congress is just doing the opposite. Raja Pateriya is now sulking in jail. An FIR was registered against Raja Pateriya under sections 451, 504, 505, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. Still, Rahul Gandhi did not condemn it. In fact, Congress is justifying that statement by ridiculing that it was a call to defeat Modi, not to kill him. Congress thinks that people do not know the actual meaning of “killing someone!” Rahul Gandhi also met the controversial actress Swara Bhaskar during the MP leg of the yatra. The actor is known to back the Tukde-Tukde gang, which advocates an anti-India stance.
A rumoured “Clash of Titans” marred the Rajasthan leg of the Yatra. The forever warring Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot duo let some undercurrent seep into this yatra, though they tried to be civil to each other in public. A few days ago, Ashok Gehlot criticised Sachin Pilot for his open rebellion. During the Bharat Jodo Yatra, the rift started increasing between the two. The question remains: if Congress cannot unite its leaders, how can they think of uniting India? Raghuram Rajan, the former RBI governor, too, went to lend his support to this so-called yatra. This is the same person who advocated for introducing Islamic banking in compliance with Shariah.
During the Rajasthan leg of the yatra, Rahul spoke disparagingly about the Indian Army, saying, “Humarey jawano ko waha peet rahe hai sach tha.” As per the official reports, the number of Chinese troops injured was much higher than ours, and only a few minor injuries were reported in the Indian camp. It is a pity that Rahul Gandhi is playing politics here too, instead of celebrating the valiant efforts of our forces.
This Bharat Jodo Yatra is just a scam to divide India. This unfruitful, useless, aimless yatra is a waste of public time and money.