Lucknow. A young Congress worker has got his whole body tattooed with Rahul Gandhi’s name and images, presumably to create awareness on farmers’ rights in the state. 28-year-old Gunjan Joshi claims that his daring act will instill confidence in the farmers of Uttar Pradesh, who are under murderous attack from the tyrannous regime of Mayawati.
Gunjan, now being called “Godna Gandhi” or GG for having tattoos all over his body, will undertake a padyatra (on foot journey) in support of farmers’ rights on 19th June – the birthday of Rahul Gandhi, which will be celebrated as “Kisan Adhikar Divas” or Farmers’ Rights Day by the state unit of Congress party.
“Rahul Baba has sacrificed a lot for the farmers of this country, especially those in Uttar Pradesh,” Gunjan said, attracting huge applause from the fellow Congress workers, “This is the minimum that the citizens of India should do to express their gratitude. I hope the youth of this country would join me.”
Gunjan strongly refuted allegations that his act smacked of sycophancy and a desperate act to please Rahul Gandhi, who many consider as Prime Minister-in-waiting.
“Getting tattoos on body is no sycophancy,” GG argued, “People around the world use it to portray priorities in their lives. I have done the same.”
“My priority is to get farmers of Uttar Pradesh justice,” he clarified.
When asked how name and images of Rahul Gandhi on his body could deliver justice to the farmers of Uttar Pradesh, Gunjan dismissed such concerns as “cynical” and a “conspiracy” by communal forces to weaken his strong resolve.
State unit of Congress, which has been busy getting posters of Rahul Gandhi printed and pasted in time to celebrate the Farmers’ Rights Day, confirmed that whatever Gunjan had done was a decision taken in a personal capacity and the hitherto unknown Congress worker was not advised by any senior leader to do so.
“Although we had no idea that he had such plans, our party will back any genuine attempt by committed individuals to fight for the rights of the farmers,” state Congress head Rita Bahuguna Joshi praised the “selfless dedication” of Gunjan Joshi towards the cause of poor farmers.
Gunjan or GG will start his padyatra from the local Ambedkar Park on Sunday 10.00 AM. He has already been in talks with local news reporters of various national television channels to “get it right”. At the end of his journey, which he calls a “youth movement”, GG hopes to win higher compensation for farmers in Bhatta Parsaul and a chance to meet Rahul Gandhi.
(originally written for and published in leading English daily DNA)