I felt elated watching Priyanka Gandhi in a recent NDTV interview. What captured me the most were her confidence, clarity of thought and absolute calmness.
After Gandhi, I don't know if we've really had any other politician articulating the principle of non-violence as beautifully as she did! Talking about her meeting with Nalini (one of her father's assassins), she said “I think the whole thing about this whole business of forgiveness is really, at some level, we all consider ourselves victims. Maybe it can be a case of someone being nasty to us, or someone would have done something like kill someone we love, which is a bigger thing and then we consider ourselves victims. But the minute you realise that you're not a victim and that the other person is as much victim of that same circumstance as you, then you can't put yourself in a position where you are anyone to forgive someone else. Because your victimhood has disappeared. And to me, people ask about non-violence, I think true non-violence is the absence of victimhood. The sense that somebody else is doing harm to you. Whatever is happening to you is happening because of your own circumstances, you are creating a lot of that suffering. And anybody else who does something overtly, like kill somebody you love, or hurts you, beats you, that is also an action that is happening because of their suffering." This is really deep! For what she says is far superior to the act of 'forgiveness' itself; for 'forgiveness itself means a sense of moral entitlement' like someone's said.
Some other highlights of the interview were her narration of the way she went through an internal conflict about whether or not to enter politics and how she resolved it, how she grew into herself, her fear of death of her mother and brother and how she came to terms with that possibility, and how she is perfectly at peace with working closely with her family who is into politics.
If only Priyanka dropped her 'development' talk, all that stale stuff about how India needs to become an economic power, she would easily join my list of political hero(in)es! :)