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What Priyanka Gandhi Vadra could learn from Mahatma Gandhi

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06.09.2019

When Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa in January 1915, someone asked him how much time it would take him to start a people’s movement in India, just like he had done in South Africa. He thought about it and replied, “five years”. As it happened, it took him only two-and-a-half years.

In December 1916, Raj Kumar Shukla, a farmer leader from Champaran, started chasing Mahatma Gandhi from one city to another to persuade him to visit Champaran. Just a day would be enough, he said, but please do come and see for yourself the exploitation of indigo farmers by the British planters. The farmers were forced to grow indigo on their land for almost nothing in return.

Reluctantly, Mahatma Gandhi gave in to the pressure. He thought he would give it two days. He ended up spending seven months, leaving only after he was able to free the farmers of the exploitation in 1917, and in the process introducing civil disobedience as a tool to fight the British colonial rule, and transforming the Congress party from a club of elite lawyers to a mass movement.

Before Priyanka Gandhi Vadra plans her next customary excursion to Uttar Pradesh, she might want to study Mahatma Gandhi’s campaign strategies.

Also read: Priyanka Gandhi has entered UP politics lock, stock and barrel — overshadowing SP, BSP

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is soon likely to become the Congress party’s general secretary in-charge of all of Uttar Pradesh, despite having failed at the job of managing east UP for the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She couldn’t even save the family seat of Amethi.

Since then, she has taken to political tourism in UP — she makes a flying visit and often returns the same day. A day’s visit to Sonbhadra turned into an overnight stay........

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