20 September, 2020

Why Complete Nonsense Makes Sense

With one little bombshell, Rahul has created a buzz and a kerfuffle in the BJP. Modi gets the one-on-one he wants.

Fotocorp (From Outlook 14 October 2013)
Why Complete Nonsense Makes Sense

The squabble over who really should be credited for the government’s withdrawal of the controversial ordinance and the bill on lawmakers may well carry itself into the summer of 2014, when parties battle to claim the throne in New Delhi, but October 2, 2013, perhaps represents more than just the ‘new direction’ Indian politics is set to take. Simply put, Rahul Gandhi’s act of rebellion against his own party and government seemed sincere enough to break many an unwritten rule that had so far saved his party from openly addressing the challenges it faced from its main opponent, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After all, it shouldn’t have been difficult for the Congress vice-president to engineer a quiet rollback of the ordinance at an earlier stage if he so desired. But Rahul’s public defiance of the prime minister and his cabinet, at an unannounced press conference in New Delhi, was meant to unravel every calculation the BJP had so far put together as an election campaign.

Evidently, following Rahul’s own overnight reinvention,...



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