New Delhi, Nov 1: It won't be wrong to say that the philosophy of Aikido, Japanese martial arts, which is based on the concept of resolving conflict in a non-lethal, non-disruptive, yet effective way, is being implemented in letter and spirits by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. And this is the secret of a reloaded Rahul Gandhi.
"I am a black belt in Aikido - have you heard of it? But I don't talk about it publicly. I do one hour of sports every day, though I admit I haven't been doing much in the past three-four months," Rahul Gandhi said at a business event. He was reacting to ace boxer Vijender's comment that politicians rarely promoted or participated in sports.
The champion boxer went on to suggest that Mr Gandhi should upload pics and video of the game to inspire people. "Fine...I will..." Mr Gandhi had replied, grinning shyly.
"I do exercise -- running, swimming. I am a black belt in Aikido. I keep doing (sports) but I do not talk about it publicly. But in my life, sports has been, is, and will be, very necessary," the Congress leader said.
"Normally, I do sports for one hour every day. This is true I have not done it in the last 3-4 months. Before that, for my whole life, I have devoted at least an hour daily to sports," he added.
Gandhi, who hit hard at the Modi government in his speech at the 112th annual session of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, later faced some questions from international professional boxer Vijender Singh, an Olympics bronze medallist.
Of late, Rahul Gandhi is seen as more pro active on social media and recently there has been a steep ris in his followers on the Twitter. His innuendos at the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seldom go unnoticed.