Neither ‘firebrand’ nor ‘rightwing’, I’m ‘centre-left pondering particular person’, says Varun Gandhi in new guide


New Delhi, August 26

Describing himself as a “centre-left thinking person”, BJP MP Varun Gandhi says in a brand new guide that he’s not a rightwing particular person by nature and his writings are proof of his “consistently progressive liberal record”.

In the not too long ago launched “India Tomorrow: Conversations with the Next Generation of Political Leaders”, Varun Gandhi additionally phrases Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn and US’ Bernie Sanders, each recognized for advocating left financial and social insurance policies, his political inspirations.

The guide provides readers a snapshot of latest Indian politics by means of interviews of 20 of the nation’s most distinguished next-generation politicians. 

“My sense is, if one were to look at it in terms of ideology or policy, then I am a centre-left thinking person. I am not a right-wing person by nature. If you have read all my writings, for the last 10 years I have had a consistently progressive liberal record. As a person, I have grown into this voice which is what’s inside me,” Varun Gandhi says in an interview to the authors, Pradeep Chhibber and Harsh Shah.

The Gandhi-Nehru scion – he is the son of the late Sanjay Gandhi and BJP chief Maneka Gandhi—joined the BJP in 2004. He fought and received his first election in 2009 from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, the identical seat he represents proper now, with a margin of practically three lakh votes.  The Pilibhit MP additionally brings up points corresponding to financial inequality, setting justice, deprived communities within the interview to buttress his level of being a staunch progressive liberal.

“… I have always taken stands that are symptomatic of some desire for progressive change. The kind of support and love that I get from a variety of audiences, I get about 10 times more support from the liberals than I get from the right-wingers. In fact, I get knocked by the right- wingers many times but I never get knocked by the liberals ever,” he says.

Varun Gandhi provides that communists all the time joke with him and say he’s a “communist in the BJP”.  The 40-year-old politician dissociates himself from phrases corresponding to “firebrand” or “strident”, a notion that many individuals had of him after the alleged hate speech controversy in 2009 for which he was later acquitted by the courts.

While campaigning as a BJP candidate from Pilibhit in 2009, he attracted controversy and ire over his alleged hate speeches. He was booked beneath numerous sections of the IPC and the People’s Representation Act for selling enmity and acts prejudicial towards communal concord. He was acquitted in 2013 due to lack of any substantial proof towards him.

Varun Gandhi, who writes a syndicated column and has authored a number of books, together with two volumes of poetry, says it has been a really very long time for the reason that notorious incident and there have been 100 issues he has performed since then. He additionally factors out within the interview that he was the “only MP in Parliament” to sit down at Anna Hazare’s dharna and assist the Lokpal Bill.

“I don’t think, to be honest, that anybody thinks any more that I am a firebrand person or a strident person. If you look at any of the public platforms, I don’t think anybody would mention that. The thing is it was a very bizarre thing, the so-called speech, because when I fought my case and won, they apologized to me,” he provides.

Asked what attracts “someone with progressive liberal views, being centre-left” to the BJP, why he’s sticking with it and why he isn’t transferring to a celebration “more in line” along with his values and outlook on so many points, Varun Gandhi says he has been within the BJP for 15 years.

“… I have built relationships within it, I have got friends here. I feel that in the medium-to-long-term, the workers of the BJP, I feel, are very committed, hard working, middle class, humble, salt of earth people who mean well for this country. I am not a huge votary of party politics, to be honest, so that’s not what I think about at all,” he explains.

Varun Gandhi additionally speaks about what he actually likes in BJP — “decentralization of power” and “tolerance of different intellectual disciplines within the larger political framework”.

He admits to strident rightwing voices throughout the occasion, however provides the instance of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who for the big a part of his life talked about “Gandhian socialism”.

“When I joined the BJP, after just a few years I noticed one very advantage of it was that there was a decentralization of energy. I believe centralized energy in any type isn’t a terrific factor.   

“So I felt here was a party where even if you fell out with one leader you could survive and succeed because there would be four other people to see goodness and talent and worth in you. That is one thing that encouraged me as a young person.” Varun Gandhi’s syndicated column reaches a subscriber base of over 200 million by means of 17 newspapers, protecting many various languages. In late 2018, he authored a guide on rural misery, “Rural Manifesto: Realizing India’s Future Through Her Villages”. He is a poet too and has written two volumes—”The Otherness of Self” (2000) and “Stillness: Poems” (2015). 

Discussing his column, he says, “And I write solely on policy. I don’t write on politics in an adversarial manner. A lot of them are solution-oriented and the syntax is not meant to be polemical, it is not meant to be an us versus them, me versus you, because in policy terms there is no me and you, there is only us.” PTI



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