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Rahul Gandhi – Please Don’t ‘Read’ Your Speeches

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Dear Rahul Gandhi,

Rahul Gandhi Speech

Rahul Gandhi

Today I heard your speech in the parliament during the zero hour. Lot of ‘youngsters and yuppie’ people see you as India’s next prime minister. The basic expectations, I believe, we all have from our leaders is that they speak about everything right from their heart. From my own experiences of talking in public, one doesn’t need ‘written speech’. All I mean is, when you’re well aware of the issues or the subject and have your own opinions and ideas about it – you don’t need to ‘refer’ to something. Even if you have to – you don’t need a ‘fully written script’.

When you read a speech, we feel that you are just loud-speaking someone else’s thoughts. We want you to have your own opinions, thoughts and a convincing way of speaking. Next time you speak about farmer’s issues or poverty or Jan Lokpal Bill, please speak from your heart.


The Big K

PS: Try using iPad, if you can’t speak from your heart.


  1. Manish

    August 28, 2011

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    Excerpts from Gandhiji’s autobiography My Experiments with truth Chapter 18

    “This shyness I retained throughout my stay in England. Even when I paid a social call, the 
    presence of half a dozen or more people would strike me dumb. 
        I once went to Ventnor with Sjt. Mazmudar. We stayed there with a vegetarian family. Mr. 
    Howard, the author of The Ethics of Diet, was also staying at the same watering-place. We met 
    him, and he invited us to speak at a meeting for the promotion of vegetarianism. I had 
    ascertained that it was not considered incorrect to read one’s speech. I knew that many did so to 
    express themselves coherently and briefly. To speak ex tempore would have been out of the 
    question for me. I had therefore written down my speech. I stood up to read it, but could not. My 
    vision became blurred and I trembled, though the speech hardly covered a sheet of foolscap. Sjt. 
    Mazmudar had to read it for me. His own speech was of course excellent and was received with 
    applause. I was ashamed of myself and sad at heart for my incapacity.
    My last effort to make a public speech in England was on the eve of my departure for home. 
    But this time too I only succeeded in making myself ridiculous. I invited my vegetarian friends to 
    dinner in the Holborn Restaurant referred to in these chapters. ‘A vegetarian dinner could be had,’ 
    I said to myself, ‘in vegetarian restaurants as a matter of course. But why should it not be 
    possible in a non-vegetarain restaurant too?’ And I arranged with the manager of the Holborn 
    Restaurant to provide a strictly vegetarian meal. The vegetarians hailed the new experiment with 
    delight. All dinners are meant for enjoyment, but the West has developed the thing into an art. 
    They are celebrated with great eclat, music and speeches. And the little dinner party that I gave 
    was also not unaccompanied by some such display. Speeches, therefore, there had to be. When 
    my turn for speaking came, I stood up to make a speech. I had with great care thought out one 
    which would consist of a very few sentences. But I could not proceed beyond the first sentence. I 
    had read of Addison that he began his maiden speech in the House of Commons, repeating ‘I 
    conceive’ three times, and when he could proceed no further, a wag stood up and said, ‘The 
    gentleman conceived thrice but brought forth nothing.’ I had thought of making a humorous 
    speech taking this anecdote as the text. I therefore began with it and stuck there. My memory 
    entirely failed me and in attempting a humorous speech I made myself ridiculous. ‘I thank you, 
    gentlemen, for having kindly responded to my invitation,’ I said abruptly, and sat down. 
        It was only in South Africa that I got over this shyness, though I never completely overcame it. 
    It was impossible for me to speak impromptu. I hesitated whenever I had to face strange 
    audiences, and avoided making a speech whenever I could. Even today I do not think I could or 
    would even be inclined to keep a meeting of friends engaged in idle talk.  ”

    (sorry for long anecdote)

    Moral is “reading” a speech is not an impediment to greatness.It is how one overcomes one’s fear of public speaking that is important. Who knows one day Rahul Baba may become a great speaker like Arun Jaitley.
    I am also not a big fan of Rahul Baba but reading a speech from paper is not a big issue for me. What shocked me more were the contents of the speech. The guy wants govenment funding of party promotions during elections. As if the parties would shun some extra money which could be obtained from corruption.

    • The Big K

      August 28, 2011

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      If one reads a ‘mediocre’ speech – then I’ve objection to it.

  2. nikhi menon

    September 4, 2011

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    poor rahul bhaiyya will mouth utter foolishness only if he doesnt have a written ‘script’.
    the scripts(of his speeches) are being outsourced to an Italian copywright agency named ‘sunterr alino’- wikileaks cables published by THE MALAYALANA MANORAMA NEWSPAPER

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