NEW DELHI, Nov. 28 -- As Rahul carries on his long trek through our vast country, there's something happening. This isn't a walk galvanizing people to hate their neighbours as most other recent walks have been.

This is a walk, in which we are seeing compassion at work!

Compassion is simply a kind, friendly presence in the face of what's difficult. Its power is connecting us with what's difficult-it offers us an approach that differs from the turning away that we usually do, and that's what is becoming increasingly noticeable in Rahul's strides through India.

There's no turning away from the poor: No, there isn't as we see in many leaders of today, who have a great disdain for the poor, and are visibly more in love with the rich and inf...