24 October, 2020

The Inside-Outer

Why won’t Rahul commit to the PM post? Is the back seat the best seat?

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The Inside-Outer
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Trying to read young Rahul Gandhi presents us with a conundrum. The signals he sends out are not the signals we want to get. He talks of harmony, we wait for policy prescriptions. The young Gandhi uses words like inclusiveness, we want to know if he has suggestions to boost growth. Does he have anything to say on corruption, on rape, on FDI in retail? If no, why not? The more he waves away plans to become the prime minister of India, the more we insist he must take up his inevitable legacy. Even those who decry the dynastic principle have come to expect, almost hope, that he becomes the next PM. Why else would an ordinary MP, with a not-so-stellar record in Parliament, be invited to address the great and the good, the rich and the powerful?

From this paradox emerges the somewhat bogus Rahul Gandhi vs Narendra Modi narrative that has now taken on a life of its own. Every breath they take, every speech they make gets compared, right down to all their allegorical references. White horses, beehives, Kalavati, Jasuben and her pizza, all are discussed minutely by the...

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