Rahul Gandhi shows neither interest nor talent, cousin Varun shows both

New Delhi, (IANS): Rahul Gandhi’s photos adorn the shoulders of mainstream newspapers but he is in Aspen, Colorado, apparently to attend a conference. BJP spokesman Sambit Patra made a valid point: Rahul has never attended such intellectually challenging seminars in India. Why such enthusiasm for an event at Aspen?


The election campaign in Bihar is in full swing. It must be a little embarrassing that his two rallies in Bihar made no impression whatsoever. Neither Nitish Kumar nor Lalu Prasad Yadav are comfortable with Rahul in their vicinity during a serious campaign. Far from winning votes, he loses votes for any combination he joins. That is the perception.

If he has chosen to disappear from the scene to keep his self respect, well, this would be the first time he has demonstrated a diminishing value called sensitivity, a thin skin.

The Aspen conference, if there is one, may not be his only engagement. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is New York bound for medical checks. Why would the family, which values its privacy, congregate in New York at a time when the entire Indian establishment, media et al, are all over the city for the UN General Assembly? It would be malicious to suggest that the deadline for foreign asset disclosure is approaching.

The family is, by now, quite used to scraping the bottom of the electoral barrel. Another humiliation in Bihar (for the Congress) will not cause much sleep for Sonia, Rahul or the cotrie which survives by looking at them with cow eyes.

And yet the media will not give up on Rahul. There he is on front pages, his escapades, if not his politics, the subject of heated debate on prime time TV.

The media’s obsession with Rahul is clearly not because of some intrinsic worth it sees in him. It could be in pursuit of TRP ratings because in a feudal society a family name is a valuable asset even though the family is in free fall.

In fact the Gandhi family, in abject decline, for past few years, were a powerful negative force which brought Narendra Modi to power in May 2014. The world’s most expensive media campaign would have remained unrewarded had Modi not harvested the voters’ total disgust with mother, son and Manmohan Singh.

It is possible that the formula which brought Modi to power in 2014 is being given another try in Bihar. The face of the BJP’s campaign in the state is Prime Minister Modi, who is unlikely to double up as chief minister in the event of a BJP victory.

Regional leaders Nitish and Lalu are the faces of the RJD-JD-U campaign. There is no regional BJP leader impressive enough to face the duet. Not fielding a chief ministerial candidate has the advantage of aspirants from diverse castes having their eyes riveted on the top job and therefore under some discipline.

There is a flaw in the game plan. An incumbent prime minister fighting state level leaders does not look logical. Modi, the aspiring prime minister, riding the crest of an expensive campaign, battered an incumbent, Manmohan Singh, who looked helpless on a short leash held by Sonia Gandhi.

Within six months of coming to power, Modi was trounced in Delhi. In other words he did not ride to power on some extraordinary magnetism he possessed. He won because of the media hype plus the dismal trio in opposition. So, Modi needs a foil like Rahul against whom he looks a winner. To that extent Rahul is a requirement of the BJP.

There is an overriding factor. The Indian ruling class, the corporates included, has nursed an unrealistic dream that India has somehow become a two party system.

Two parties carrying carbon copies of the same economic policy is for the corporates a dream scenario, accustomed as they have become to crony capitalism of differing shades. Rahul as Modi’s foil creates the illusion of an alternative. This is supposed to work as a deterrent for third and fourth fronts.

Sooner or later a fatigue factor will set in and it would be extremely unfair to Rahul not to prepare him for that eventuality.

Nitish still looks like a political animal, at home in the rough and tumble of an electoral fray. But the rustic charm of Lalu has now begun to pall. The trend began with Raj Narain who provided a homespun contrast to the polish of Hiren Mukherjee, Nath Pai and H.V. Kamath. Lalu today begins to look like a continuation of sustained boorishness on both sides of the aisle.

Whenever I ask Congressmen why are they flogging an obstinate horse that will not budge, they answer listlessly: “For the time being there is no alternative to the Gandhi family.”

Talking of the Gandhi family, has anyone noticed the evolution of Rahul’s first cousin Varun Gandhi from an intemperate rabble rouser to a writer of thoughtful columns? Channels in search of TRPs may consider a Rahul-Varun showdown.


    • After all, he (RAHUL GANDHI)needs a monthly foreign vacation to recharge his mind and body!! smiles…

      Sir, you are continuously “recharging your body and mind” in the USA, smiling all the time!

      Why deprive poor Gandhi of the luxury of briefly doing what you always do?

    • Let’s see what comes out next!! After all, he needs a monthly foreign vacation to recharge his mind and body!! smiles… – Rampa

      Pradhana sevaka needed 2 years of kaadu jeevitham in Himalayas! And that was when he was 17 or so!

      Arre Rampa… at least he, Raahula, HAS a valid visa to travel. Nobody pleaded or begged for him! (Now, pl don’t hallucinate and bring up your usual TRASH – ‘my rejected Yumreeki visa”). Let him travel. You ain’t paying any taxes in India. ….. Ummm.. a roadside majjige doesn’t have any 12 – 14% tax ya Rampa. 🙂

      • Pradhaana Sevaka was an ordinary RSS member in his teenage years. Don’t compare it to Prince Raul who is in his 40s and wanted to be the PM before failing spectacularly back in 2014!! Moreover, nobody begged for Modiji’s visa either!! In fact, many haters lobbied and begged for banning visa for him earlier. When Doddanna invited Modi to white house, nobody begged for it. I don’t think you understand how real world works!! # pure ignorance!!

        • I don’t think you understand how real world works!! # pure ignorance!! – RampaNNA

          I guess only a self-proclaimed Polymath such as you does! I mean, take a look at this:

          In the REAL world, does ANYBODY announce that they earn a 6 figure salary? And THAT too in their very 1st or 2nd posts – on a PUBLIC forum? Well, ONLY Rampa’s do! 🙂

          From Yumreeka, does ANYBODY “look for” BOTH Nalina & Lob whenever there are potholes on Mangalorean roads?

          Does anybody fix an arbitrary figure of 50 crore rs for effecting a Bundh?

          # SheerBunkum from a Numero Uno Joker! 🙂 More jokes ya Rampa…. and never mind the stitch in my sides. That’s a SMALL price to pay for SUCH ‘magnifique’ jokes!

          • I understand your ‘hotte uri’ towards folks who make more in a year than in your entire stay in Saudi! LOL You are no match when it comes to debates here as you simply lack the knowledge and ability to present a logical argument. I can see why it frustrates you as you get called out for your ignorance on daily basis!! smiles…Well, as I have told you many times before, you need to forget about past, the visa incident and move on! Time will heal everything!!

  1. After all, he (RAHUL GANDHI)needs a monthly foreign vacation to recharge his mind and body!! smiles…-Atheist Mr.Original

    Sir, Ever since your Pradhan Sevak got visa ban lifted from USA, he is marking is calendar for full charging each time visiting America east,west,north and south.

    When does Overseas friends of BJP throwing grand party in Las Vegas from East coast to south?

    Jai hind

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