19 April, 2021

Imagining What Rahul Does Not Even Want To Imagine

It’s still possible for the Congress to reposition itself despite the dynastic clamps hampering it. But it will take more than Rahul’s petulance.

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Imagining What Rahul Does Not Even Want To Imagine

On the Sunday when the Congress rout in the assembly elections was all over the airwaves, a businessman from Bangalore, a party sympathiser, rang up to share his son’s reaction to Rahul Gandhi’s brief speech to the assembled media corps promising—almost threatening—changes in the Congress that “you can’t even imagine”. The businessman’s son apparently said, “It looks like this guy is used to speaking only to sycophants or servants. There is no hint of humility.” Obviously, the younger generation finds itself unable to be terribly excited by the young Congress leader’s political persona. The next day, a senior public figure who’d been associated with the Cong­ress for over five decades rang up to share a disquieting thought. He said, “For the first time, in this election, I heard the strain: this country cannot be one family’s jagir.”

The two observations aptly sum up the Congress conundrum as the country’s oldest political party finds itself humiliated in the recently...

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