20 January, 2021

Year of the Dark Horse

For long it seemed a RaGa-NaMo race. Till Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP changed equations and perceptions in Delhi.

Narendra Bisht
Year of the Dark Horse

Early in 2013, this magazine ran a cover photograph of Rahul Gandhi with the question,‘ Is He for Real?’ Towards the end, it ran a cover with a photograph of Arvind Kejriwal and the statement, ‘Aam Aadmi of the Year’. The journey from Rahul—the question on whom has been answered rather conclusively—to Kejriwal does not just encapsulate the political story of 2013, it also sets the tone for what we may expect in 2014.  Both these men have also to be set against the presence of another figure who has dominated the political space in 2013, Narendra Modi. The poll the mag­a­zine carried along with the Rahul cover showed Modi (46 per cent) ahead of Rahul (40 per cent) in terms of popular support. In the course of the year, this difference has grown, so much so that the comparison does not even bear a relook.

In September, after much turmoil within the BJP (thanks in the main to L.K. Advani), Modi was finally named the party’s prime ministerial candidate. He hit the campaign trail with the rhetoric expected of him. From...



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