Rahul Gandhi left students of Stella Maris College in Chennai mighty impressed by asking them to address him by his name, and not Sir. Social media is crushing over the viral video today.
How do you win over a gathering of college girls? Ask Rahul. Not Rahul Sir. Just Rahul. That’s how this Gandhi boy wants people to call him. “Can you call me Rahul instead of Sir? Makes me more comfortable,” is how the Indian National Congress President answered a college student when she began her question with “Sir”. The crowd responded with a roar of approval.
Rahul Gandhi was at Stella Maris College in Chennai as part of his awareness campaign for the upcoming elections. The Congress President let go of his trademark white kurta-pajama and chose a grey T-shirt and a pair of denim for his address at the girls’ college. Once in Stella Maris, Rahul Gandhi got on the stage to take questions from the girls seated below.
Hi Sir,” as the girl began her question, Rahul interrupted him. “Can you call me Rahul instead of Sir? Makes me more comfortable,” said Gandhi to hoots and cheers from his audience. After a nervous giggle, Azra, the Fine Arts student, continued with her question… with extra emphasis on “Rahul”.
“I may not agree with his policies but I loved his that honest and cute gesture at that girl student,” wrote a Twitter user.
“Wow, Cuteness overloaded,” wrote another user.
Someone dragged in Shah Rukh Khan too: “That “hi Rahul” reminds me of the movie “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.”
“Love his simplicity,” wrote another Twitter user.
The video also left many people intrigued: what was Azra’s question to Rahul. She asked, “The question I have for you, Rahul, is that the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research faced huge funding problems. What can we do about it.”
(Just) Rahul’s reply to that: “We are convinced India is spending less on education, our target is 6 percent. It is not only about spending money on education, but also independence on education. All our educational institutions should be able to challenge us… I want you all to make me uncomfortable.”