Understanding Rahul Gandhi



I remember meeting Rahul Gandhi around mid- 2000 at a guest house in Amethi. It was a one-on-one informal sort of an interaction, which was not to be reported. After a one-hour long meeting, I came out wondering what Rahul Gandhi was actually running for – power or passion – as he had sounded less pragmatic and more philosophical.

I distinctly remember him telling me why media is so besotted with ‘Me’ and not the issues. He was referring to incidents of atrocities on lower castes. My standard reply was, ‘we have seen it all – the burning issues of atrocities and the silence of people in power – thus when you visit those areas, media covers it and indirectly the issue per se.’

Years back, after listening to his interview to a channel, I had the same feeling. Despite his fumble for answers, one has to concede the Gandhi scion is not power hungry and would be content with what he is doing at present. Some of my friends say Gandhis don’t need power as they are power themselves.

His first interview put the social media on fire – there were condemnations and commendations – of course the latter were in fewer numbers. Dispassionately, while he could drive home the point the ‘battle he was fighting within the aging party’ by introducing structural changes, the people wanted more on specifics—not what he wants to do like systematic changes and women empowerment- but how he plans to achieve them.

Who doesn’t know the young leaders, caged to the legacy that brings them to power, often fail or falter in their mission? He couldn’t reply questions on scams, on their alliance with leaders like Lalu Yadav or continuation of chief minister in Himachal Pradesh. In fact, he sounded helpless on several occasions over his own party’s structure that he endeavours to change.

Arming people with RTI and Lokpal- can UPA solely take claim when they are the products of public movements though they became a reality during the UPA regime?

However, what I found quite ironical was his focus on ‘Rahul Gandhi’ what he is and the circumstances he is in or was.

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  • Pat

    No mate, Dhyan Chand was Original Tendulkar. He should be awarded the BR first. There’s still time to declare n repair.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Agree with you Pat.

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  • Anonymous

    Wrong..Tendulkar is cricket’s Dhyanchand.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    Dhyan Chand’s heroics boosted the morale of enslaved Indians – Sachin’s virtuosity brought about the same effect but to a free and independent people. However, Dhyan Chand had never had the backing of corporates nor had he ever appeared in advertisements (as far as my limited knowledge goes) – so an award to Sachin brings into limelight the corporates whose brand he promotes. Bharat Ratna for Sachin = win-win for brands and businesses. And I don’t see anything wrong in that – after all Sachin did made us all happy for so many years.

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  • Sujoy

    With time you need to change. There was the time, when Hockey was most popular and with time and changes, hockey failed to update itself…I am talking about Indian Hockey. Same is true for every sports or initiatives. This is time for cricket and cricket administrator across world are able to change the rules of the game according to need of the audience and it survived. It is the lack of government and administrator’s will power to keep hockey alive. Offering Bharat Ratna will not help Indian hockey to survive. There are many who should have been given this highest civilian award but not given. Even we failed to give it to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose because of some silly mistake while offering the award. Oratory can not be taken as a bar to give Bharat Ratna. There are many others who are doing TV shows. Now under pressure if you want to link Vajpayee with Nehru while offering the award, that is also understandable. While giving Bharat Ratna to Sachin, govt should have been look in to the history to find out who are left.

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  • pankaj#1

    i am not finding place to vent my anger with present dispensin. So, I am coming back to HT. This dispensation must go. Modi is the answer for all the travails, which India/ me suffering right now.

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  • Candor

    By this age, Rahul should have nurtured himself. Indian environment wants a person to educate and experience himself by the age of 25 to face the world confidently. However, Rahul still has time and age by his side and though Indian environment is hostile for shying/diffident callow novices and hope Rahul will gradually grow and if not, I think will go into oblivion in next 10 years as India is gradually growing sharp minded people country and introverts will not find any space to groom against highly confident generations coming quickly.

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  • Candor

    By this age, Rahul should have nurtured himself. Indian environment wants a person to educate and experience himself by the age of 25 to face the world confidently. However, Rahul still has time and age by his side and though Indian environment is hostile for shying/diffident callow novices and hope Rahul will gradually grow and if not, I think will go into oblivion in next 10 years as India is gradually growing sharp minded people country and introverts will not find any space to groom against highly confident generations coming quickly.

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  • invisible_nano

    Gandhi Dynasty is a burden on tax payers in India for last 65 years a surname does not qualify you to be PM of India

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  • Alok Saxena

    I fully agree with you that Rahul is not a power hungry politician or Man, but how will he come out from his cotorie of retired useless, close men. Long term vision needs some short term drastic actions which Rahul Gandhi has failed to take. Rahul should be bold enough to throw out i repeat throw out some of his old congress men who are useless and are a burden on Indian National Congress. as well as on Country too.

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  • Anonymous

    Exactly…!
    Hats off to the humbleness of Rahulji who dares to accept his flaws and also avows to learn from the victory of AAP…Hahaha…I just saw NaMo’s tete a tete interview with the eminent Karan Thapar ji!
    I mean…both are prospective PM candidates and such a huge difference in their way of expressions!
    Mr. Modi….You being in the state of germination, should take some inspiration from this scion so as to increase your chances of flowering well and just not fascinate people just by your fake bright colours!

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