Any big ideological politics stands with a positive agenda – this is a proven fact. Therefore, the success of Bharat Jodo Yatra depends on whether the Congress is able to show any new dream to the people.
It is commendable that Rahul Gandhi’s resolve that even if no one joins the proposed ‘Bharat Jodo’ Yatra from September 7, he will definitely complete this padyatra of three and a half thousand kilometers from Kanyakumari. Although the Congress has planned this yatra completely, but it is also a positive thing that it has decided to keep it away from party politics. Efforts to connect NGOs with the Yatra will also be considered in the right direction. However, there are at least two more conditions, without which perhaps this padyatra will not be able to achieve its stated purpose. The first thing among these is that the people who join the padyatra should really be among the common people throughout the journey – that is, lest they go to spend the night at a convenient hotel or place after walking all day. Rahul Gandhi has said that this yatra is a penance. So he and his companions will have to live austerity both in its meaning and in its meaning.
If he did this, then he would be able to connect with the public and people would pay attention to his words. The second thing is actually a question. The question is, is there any new dream of nation and society building in the message they are carrying? Does he have any such message, which will show the scope for people to improve their life? Slogans like save the constitution or save the country do not engage people much. Any major ideological politics does not stand with a defensive agenda, but with a positive agenda of construction – this is a proven fact. The Congress has decided to take up issues like economic plight and growing inequality. But people would like to know what is the solution of these issues with the Congress (or the pedestrians)? If pedestrians can identify with the public on both these aspects, then with this long and five-month journey passing through 12 states, they will surely be able to change the atmosphere of the country.