This is one video of Rahul Gandhi India hasn’t really seen before. In a rare video that has surfaced on the Internet, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is seen telling her grandchildren, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, the importance of consuming food at the right time. In the candid video, Indira can be seen asking the current vice-president of Congress how he will become bigger and stronger if doesn’t eat properly.
Rahul is the grandson of Indira, who served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984. She was the second longest-serving PM after her father Jawaharlal Nehru. Indira was also the first and to date the only female prime minister of India. She was assassinated after she ordered the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar under Operation Bluestar to counter the Punjab insurgency. On October 31, 1984, two of her Sikh bodyguards shot her with their service weapons at the Prime Minister’s residence.
Rahul’s father Rajiv Gandhi was also assassinated in 1991 by the LTTE. He had earlier been instrumental is sending the Indian Peace Keeping force to Sri Lanka to restore peace in the strife torn island.
Indira earned the sobriquet of India’s ‘Iron Lady’ because of her dynamic stewardship and tough policies. Under her tutelage, India ushered an era of expansion in the agricultural sector that led to the country’s self-sufficiency in food grain production. She was equally praised for her success in the Pakistan war, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. However, she is widely criticised for her authoritarian policies, most prominently a 21-month state of emergency imposed on the nation which curbed the constitutional rights of citizens. This even led to her ouster after serving three terms.
Rahul is now on the cusp of taking over as the chief of the Indian National Congress, which is arguably going through the lowest point in its history. While he has been in the shadows of his mother Sonia Gandhi for well over a decade, her ailments seems to be pushing him to take over the top post.