‘When in Rome, act like a Roman.’ Nowhere is this saying more applicable than in the field of politics. Political leaders often disply chameleon-like ability to change their colours, beliefs and ideologies as the situation demands. A case in point is Rahul Gandhi’s recent Gujarat campaign. Rahul, whose earlier focus was on garnering the votes of the poor, projected himself as a devout Hindu by visiting temple in Gujarat. This is the normal ‘strategic’ behaviour we expect of politicians.
Telangana IT Minister KTR, however, acts completely contrary to expectation. KTR has completely distanced himself from any religious rituals. No one has ever seen him visit a temple and pray. This fact has become a point of discussion on the social media.
KTR’s fans say that he only does what he believes in. Be it going to Tirumala or attending the Godavari pushkaras, KTR has always avoided appearances at religious fora. Citing these as examples, it is being said that KTR is a strict atheist. When questioned about this, KTR brushes away the matter with a simple ‘I believe in the doctrine of karma’. Even father KCR cannot change his attitude in this matter.
When KCR and his family had visited Tirumala with offerings worth Rs 5 crores to fulfil a vow, son KTR was conspicuous by his absence. Even Cabinet ministers had accompanied the CM on this visit, yet KTR was nowhere to be seen. It is being said that KTR did not pay heed to his father’s insistence to join him in Tirumala, therefore, KCR takes his grandson along on such occasions.
Even during the Chandi Yagam conducted by KCR, KTR stayed largely away. Towards the end of the rituals, he joined his family, but it was plainly visible that he was just going through the motions without any interest.
The fact remains that politicians need to be sensitive and flexible in such issues to avoid hurting the sentiments of the public. Being too stubborn can be detrimental to a politician’s career. Even KTR’s friends have been advising him about this, but to no avail.
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