His aim, he said, was simply to visit the homes of the poor. The poorest huts only happened to be Dalit.
ETAWAH, UP | 15 MARCH 2008
A day after Mayawati’s visit, Rahul meets the family of five Dalits killed by dacoits in village Aminabad in Etawah.
NEW DELHI | 22 JULY 2008
Rahul Gandhi makes a speech in parliament in favour of the nuclear deal. Speaking at the trust vote on Manmohan Singh’s first government, Rahul narrates the tale of Kalavati, a Dalit widow from Yavatmal in Vidarbha. “Energy,” he says, “affects India’s growth. And energy allows us to grow at 9 per cent and that growth is responsible for allowing us to help the poor and make programmes for the poor like (Kalavati)”.
AMETHI, UP | 15 JANUARY 2009
Rahul ferries British foreign secretary David Miliband along to a Dalit settlement in his parliamentary constituency, Amethi. The two spent the night at the house of Dalit couple Shiv Kumari and Karma, in Semra village in Bhetua block.
SHARAVASTI, UP | 23 SEPTEMBER 2009
On a surprise trip to UP, Rahul visits Ram Nagar in Barabanki district, and then drives off to Sharavasti district to spend the night in the house of a Dalit Chedda Passi in Rampu-Deogan village. The next morning, Gandhi bathes out in the open, drawing water from a hand pump, and mingles with the villagers, asking them about their problems.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM | 7 OCTOBER 2009
“I see myself going to a human being’s house. I do not see it as a Dalit or an upper caste or a lower caste house. As far as I am concerned, i am going to a poor man’s house, whether Dalit or minority,” Rahul tells a scribe at a press conference. “For me, the only difference I see between a poor person and rich person is that of opportunity”.
BHOPAL, MP | 19 JANUARY 2010
“The media talks only about my visits to the houses of Dalits and chooses to ignore the other places where I go,” the Congress General secretary tells reporters at a press conference on the second day of a two-day visit to MP.