23 September, 2020

Ifs And Whens

Will Rahul finally step up to the role his party expects of him?

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Ifs And Whens

How does a political correspondent breach the high walls of secrecy surrounding Rahul Gandhi and find out what comes next? We have after all been given to understand that come September, Rahul will play “a larger role” in national politics and that “all will become clear”. So are we on the cusp of the big moment when another member of the nation’s first family takes centrestage? Will September 2012 mark the coming of age of Rahul Gandhi?

After three weeks of pursuing the story, one has learned that many people in the inner circle of Rahul Gandhi do not take calls or even respond with a simple ‘no’ to an SMS; that some people who claim to speak for him could be pushing their own agenda; and that those who may know his thought process do not claim to speak for him. But persistence does pay and slowly a story emerges as some people who are in contact with the man cautiously open up.

It appears that Rahul Gandhi has been given a lot of advice and suggestions. An old family friend, for instance, has suggested that he must...



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