Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi may be arch-rivals on the political front but does that mean they can’t learn something from each other? When we asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi what is that one thing he would like to learn from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his answer was: the art of giving multiple messages to multiple people at the same time.
Rahul Gandhi was speaking to India Today magazine for an exclusive interview. Speaking about Prime Minister Modi he said he would like to know how the PM is able to “say something to you, and say the opposite to someone else at the very same time”.
Rahul Gandhi said that he would be uncomfortable with it because “there is a certain amount of deception in that”. “It makes me uncomfortable and I won’t be able to do it. But it’s a skill he [PM Modi] certainly has,” Rahul Gandhi said, adding that it is a “powerful thing”.
Rahul on what blew his mind
Rahul Gandhi said he was surprised to see a recent interview of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It blew my mind when he said ‘only Narendra Modi can challenge Narendra Modi’,” he said.
“It blew my mind. I was like, ‘Oh my God, how can a person’s worldview be like this?’.”
Speaking to us, Rahul Gandhi said everyone can challenge him in everything. “There are certain things I know, but I don’t know everything. Knowing everything… that’s the definition of insanity! I’m human.”
On the Congress’s massive defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Rahul Gandhi said it was the “best thing to happen”.
The BJP had routed the Congress in 2014 and its tally in the Lok Sabha was reduced to 45.
“For me, the defeat in 2014 was the best thing to have happened, it taught me that my job is to be compassionate, even if people are abusing you and shouting at you and hitting you. Don’t hit back, embrace him. The guy is abusing you, you respect him,” he said.