What are some of the best examples of immature statements made by Rahul Gandhi?

Answer by Nimish Kochhar:

Let's have a look on some epic moments:
1. On the 26/11 Mumbai attacks:
"We will stop 99 per cent of the attacks. But one per cent of attacks might get through and that is what I am saying."
2. On the drug problem in Punjab:
"10 out of 7 youths in Punjab are hooked on to drugs."
3. On India's youth advantage:
"India is the Saudi Arabia of 21st century."
4. On the meaning of politics:
"Politics is in your shirt, in your pant."
5. On being officially appointed as the party's No. 2:
“It (Congress) is a funny party. It is the largest political organization in the world but perhaps does not have a single rule or regulation. We create new rules every two minutes and then dump them. Nobody knows the rules in the party” (after being elevated to the Congress Vice-President’s post)
"All the public systems – administration, justice, education and political are designed to keep people with knowledge out. Such a system promotes mediocrity."
6. In a Congress Workshop on Social Media:
"If India is a computer, then Congress is its default program."
7. In the CII Summit:
“People call us an elephant.. We are not an elephant.. we are a beehive.. it’s funny but think about it. Which is more powerful? an elephant or a beehive?” (while taking a dig at Narendra Modi and the Gujarat Model of Development)
8. In an Ahmedabad Congress Meet:
"Gujarat is bigger than the United Kingdom."
9. In the same Ahmedabad Congress Meet:
"In fact, India is you know, bigger than Europe and the United States put together."
10. On being asked about providing e-literacy for poor children:
"Can I ask you a counter question? How are you going to help them?"
11. On poverty:
"Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty."
12. About Gujarat children malnourishment:
"2 out of 1 child are malnourished in Gujarat… This is the Gujarat Model the BJP keeps talking about."
13. About Dalit upliftment:
“Dalit community needs the escape velocity of Jupiter to achieve success…”
14. About Rani Laxmi Bai:
"Rani ki Jhansi. She is a hero." (Rani's Jhansi, she is a hero).
15. Rahul Gandhi's verbal goof-up at MP rally (Mixes up bhrashtachar with balatkar):
“What has the government done for the tribals here? Have they indulged in corruption (apke saath bhrashtachar kiya?)… Nahin balatkar kiya (no they have raped)."
16. About woman volanteers of INC:
"Agar aap yuva karyakarta se baat karen, agar aap mahila karyakarta se baat karen, pehli baar wo keh rhe hain ki bhai maza aaya, aur main ye jo maza hai hindustan k har vaikti ko dena chahta hun.." (If you talk with young volunteers, women volunteers, they all are saying that they enjoyed, for the first time they enjoyed.. and I want to extend this enjoyment to every person of India).
17. Few Randoms:
  1. “Hindustan Ek Soch hai. Hindustan Ek Jagah Hai…(fumbles) Magar Hindustan Ek Soch Hai…” (I won’t even bother to translate this, feel free to make your own interpretations.
  2. “There are people doing yoga in New York, dancing around; that’s the power of India. You go to a nightclub somewhere in Spain and there’s Amitabh Bachchan on the screen there, dancing around. That’s the power of India. That’s the power of Indian people.”
  3. “A rising tide doesn’t raise people who don’t have a boat. We have to build the boat for them. We have to give them the basic infrastructure to rise with the tide.”
  4. “If I am incompetent, I am useless, the people of India will see that.” (hmmm, no comments!)
  5. “There’s so much of unemployment in Gujarat. About 27,000 crore jobs are lying vacant there” (And the fact is, population of India is 130 crore. How come 27k crore jobs are lying vacant over there?).
  6. “Gujarat Ko Agar Kisine Khada Kiya Hai, Gujarat Ko Amul (the milk brand) Kisne Diya Hai, Gujarat Ko Kisne Doodh Diya Hai? Toh Iss Tadaf Dekhiye, In Mahilao Ne Diya Hai. Gujarat Ki Mahilao Ne Doodh Diya Hai (who has given the milk brand Amul to Gujarat? Who has given milk to Gujarat? Look over here, our women are the source of milk in Gujarat. These women have given milk).
  7. Dawaiyon K Daam Badha Diye Gaye Hain. Pehle 1,000 Mein Milti Thi. Ab 1 lakh Mein Milengi. Par Isse Ameer Logo Ko Nuksaan Nahi Hoga. Nuksaan Gareeb Logo Ko Hoga. Gareeb Janta Maregi. Yahan Yeh Humari Behne Baithi Hain, Inke Baccho Ko Cancer Hoga, Toh Inke Bacche Marenge (cost of medicines have now been increased. Earlier, say, a medicine cost 1,000. Now it will cost 1 lakh. This won’t affect the rich people. This will affect our poor people. They will die. Our sisters sitting over here, their kids will die).
  8. "This morning I got up at night, 4 O’clock in the morning."
RaGa should have followed this:
“It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt” — Mark Twain
But instead of listening to Twain, he went ahead and proved that he is indeed-Pappu:
Image via FakingNews
So by any chance if he does become the PM in any recent future – be afraid, be very afraid!!

What are some of the best examples of immature statements made by Rahul Gandhi?


Why did only Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad get all the spotlight in the recent soldier deaths in India’s Siachen Glacier?

Answer by Balaji Viswanathan:

There is a great marketing book called "Made to Stick" and something that is very useful to understand how any type of marketing works. The key there is about creating an idea that people would really get, remember and act.
A key element of making your idea stick is to have a good story. We humans are designed to remember and share stories, anecdotes and analogies. Think of Ramayana – a brilliant story that has fascinated a whole continent for 3000 years.
The key to a good story is a lead character. That character has to be humanized and relatable. Once you can relate to the character, you can empathize with their struggle and that character & story would be the guide to understand the whole truth. This is why most charity organizations send you picture of someone in trouble [eg. some kid dying without food] and with a real name etc. Numbers won't move you. But, an image of a real child in distress might.
Death of 1000 stories is a statistic and our brains are not designed to remember statistics. That would be as sticky as much as a glass thrown on concrete. It will not move you at all. You need some glue. I'm not a good storyteller, but let me attempt this:

Hanuman went to heights most of us could not think of. He was born 3 weeks after me and in a dry, hot interior Karnataka. He was not used to snow or cold. That didn't stop him from bravely serving his country in the world's highest and coldest battlefield.
Standing above 20,000 feet above us, he stared into loneliness to make sure his brothers & sisters at home stayed safe. He and the 10 others in Sonam post were so engrossed about stopping terrorists that they didn't see the massive avalanche that hit them. He and his 10 mates were buried in 35 foot of snow in nearly minus 50 degrees.
For 6 long days he waited to tell his story to the world. His fingers first grew numb and then went dead. Same for each of his body parts. 6 days later, he was unearthed. The worst of world's cold could not kill this steel of man. It is as though Hanumanthappa came as Lord Hanuman himself – humble, meek, loyal and strong.
He could not survive for too long in the chaos of Delhi. His body gave up eventually. Not his resolve. That continues to keep a guard for India. While they die fighting, the politicians should be asked, if they could find a way to secure a deal that would protect India's peak without losing precious men to nature. In that cold mountain, it is nature that smiles at the folly of humans.

Do you think the above story sticks better than any statistic I could cite on the number of dead soldiers? When you think of Hanumanthappa think of every dead soldier. Every idea needs a hero. For the idea of pushing the Indian government for security Siachen without too many soldiers [using treaties and technologies] Hanuman is the hero.
Hanuman is a hero for the story, because he survived a condition [buried under 35 ft of snow] that would have killed almost every other human in a short time.

Why did only Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad get all the spotlight in the recent soldier deaths in India's Siachen Glacier?