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My Mother Cried After I Became Cong VP: Rahul
"My mother came to my room and cried... Because she understands that power is poison," Rahul Gandhi said today in a highly emotional speech after taking over the new mantle.

Striking a personal note, the 42-year-old leader in his maiden address as party Vice President, recalled the moments when his mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi walked into his room last night.

"Last night each one of you congratulated me. My mother came to my room and she sat with me and she cried... Because she understands that power so many people seek is actually a poison," Rahul said at the AICC session here.

He recalled the time his grandmother and the then Prime Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984 by security guards with whom he used to play badminton as "friends" and how his father Rajiv Gandhi, who was himself "broken inside", showed a "glimmer of hope" to the people.

The young leader received a standing ovation by the audience which included Sonia and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he said "We should not chase power, only use it to empower others."

He said his mother could see that power is poison "because she is not attached to it. The only antidote to this poison for all of us to see what it really is and not become attached to it. We should not chase power for the attributes of power. We should only use it to empower the voices."

Rahul recalled that as a little boy, he loved to play badminton. "I loved it because it gave me balance in this complicated world. I was taught how to play in my grandmother's house by two police men who protected my grandmother as my friends.

"Then one day they killed my grandmother and took away the balance from my life. I felt like I had not felt before."

Rahul recalled how he knew his father was "broken inside and "terrified of what lay in front of him".

"My father was in Bengal and he came back.... It was the first time in my life that I saw my father crying. He was the bravest person I knew and yet I saw him cry. I could see...I was small, but I could see my father was broken. They had taken away his mother and he was broken. In those days our country was not what it is today.

"In the eyes of the world we had nothing, we were worthless.... Nobody thought about us. That same evening I saw my father addressing the nation on TV. I know like me he was broken inside. I know like me he was terrified of what lay in front of him. As we spoke in that dark night, I felt a small glimmer of hope.

"It was like small ray of light in the dark sky and I still remember what it felt. The next day I realised that many people had seen it as well."

Amid repeated applause from the gathering during his 45-minute speech, Rahul said "as I look back... I have a political career of eight years and 42 years old...I could see that it was that small ray of hope in the darkness that helped changed India into what it is today."

He said that he realises he has a big responsibility in front of him and that people are standing behind him.

Rahul said without hope nothing can be achieved. "We can have plans, we can have ideas but unless you have hope, you cannot change."

The leader said Congress is the symbol of hope. "Congress party is now my life, people of India are my life. I will fight for people of India and for this party.  I will fight with everything that I have."
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51/D-7
Jan 22, 2013
12:47 AM

Has any other Prime Minister been this humiliated? Sita Ram Kesari did not humiliate Deva Gowda and IK GUjral in this fashion. 

Rahul Gandhi spoke as they Congress had nothing to do with UPA for the last 8 years. Not one person defended Manmohan SIngh and his govt-including Manmohan Singh!!!!

Even an earthworm, when hit, will try to raise its head and fight back. Not Manmohan. He was humiliated and yet he did not get down from his samadhi. India is lucky to have such a brahma-jnani as PM.

Rakhal, Philadelphia
50/D-1
Jan 22, 2013
12:12 AM

 Shiva is called Neelakanta because he drank poison and as a result his neck became blue. Now that Rahul has also drunk poison, it is time to start calling him Rahul Neelakanta.

Or Neelakanta Rahul. Neelakanta Sastri sounds even nice. 

Rahul Neelakanta Sastri-the next PM of India.

Rakhal, Philadelphia
49/D-176
Jan 21, 2013
11:04 PM

First time in human mankind such incident happned that mother giving poison to her son knowing that it is poison...

Jaykumar, Ahmedabad
48/D-170
Jan 21, 2013
10:02 PM

 "My mother came to my room and cried... Because she understands that power is poison,"

So Subramanian Swamy was right when he called her "Vishkanya".

Bonita, Chennai
47/D-163
Jan 21, 2013
09:04 PM

 Power is poison and yet the Nehru clan strives for it only to serve the people of India. 

The only comparable event I know is Shiva drinking the Alahala. I reckon that Sonia's sacrifice is even greater than that of Lord Shiva. 

Rakhal, Philadelphia
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