Rahul Gandhi and South Asian Political Sycophancy

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Ok -- so I'm on NDTV's home page, and the most prominent 'news'
item they have on there, at the top left, is a tribute to Rahul Gandhi,
who has apparently turned a sweet 40 today. In case it goes away
soon, I'm reproducing it in part here: it is a collage of photos of RG.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/index.php

Below that, it reads:

Rahul, the new age Gandhi, Turns 40

"...it has been a long journey for the young Gandhi".

And to top it off, the charming invitation:

Wish Rahul on his Birthday

http://gen.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/new/forums/readforum.aspx?trdid=3458


Am I in a minority when I am utterly sickened and disgusted at this?

Transpose this scenario to the United States, say.

Would Fox News or CNN or MSNBC put up any such thing on their home page?
Why are South Asians -- and especially Indians -- so grovelingly sycophantic?
And why does the Indian media play up to this tendency in such a bizarre way?
 
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i respect rahul gandhi, he has come a long way from the naive political neophyte of yore, rather than being disgusted , i am happy you have brought attention to his birthday, thanks!
 
Dhirajmes said:
Ok -- so I'm on NDTV's home page, and the most prominent 'news'
item they have on there, at the top left, is a tribute to Rahul Gandhi,
who has apparently turned a sweet 40 today. In case it goes away
soon, I'm reproducing it in part here: it is a collage of photos of RG.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/index.php

Below that, it reads:

Rahul, the new age Gandhi, Turns 40

"...it has been a long journey for the young Gandhi".

And to top it off, the charming invitation:

Wish Rahul on his Birthday

http://gen.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/new/forums/readforum.aspx?trdid=3458


Am I in a minority when I am utterly sickened and disgusted at this?

Transpose this scenario to the United States, say.

Would Fox News or CNN or MSNBC put up any such thing on their home page?
Why are South Asians -- and especially Indians -- so grovelingly sycophantic?
And why does the Indian media play up to this tendency in such a bizarre way?

American media sucks upto the Kennedy's...
 
Politics is all about 'Dynasties' - that are media darlings and can do now wrong - they are always viewed as saviours

India has the Ghandis.

USA has the Kennedys.

Pakistan has Bhuttos

UK has the Beckhams
 
Oxy said:
Politics is all about 'Dynasties' - that are media darlings and can do now wrong - they are always viewed as saviours

India has the Ghandis.

USA has the Kennedys.

Pakistan has Bhuttos

UK has the Beckhams

More like Uk has the Redknapps
 
nish_mate said:
What happened to the Royals in UK???

Surely they are the strongest dynasty in the land!

i was just joking, off-course they are the srongest dynasty.
 
Matriarch puts Gandhi dynasty at crossroads

(Reuters) - Rahul Gandhi, heir to the family dynasty that has dominated politics in the world's biggest democracy for generations, was trying to make himself heard in the uproar of India's parliament.

Looking nervous, he read haltingly from a prepared statement, criticizing as "anti-democratic" a popular anti-corruption campaign led by activist Anna Hazare, whose hunger strike was aimed at getting parliament to adopt a tough anti-graft bill.

With his voice drowning in the din of a chamber where members are prone to "storm out in fury" if they don't like what they're hearing, senior members of his Congress party beseeched him to "go on, go on" with an address that was being televised live.

Rahul later called his speech a "game changer" in the fight against corruption. Many thought he was deluded -- the government later caved in to some of Hazare's demands.

Weeks before, his mother and Congress party leader, an ailing Sonia Gandhi, had handed over power to a quartet of party leaders that included Rahul. But his long silence had irked Indians. Congress needed him to give the speech of his life.

As Rahul floundered, his younger sister Priyanka watched from the visitors' gallery. She was wearing a sari and her short black hair was swept back like her grandmother, assassinated Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a style not lost on many Indians who thought she, not Rahul, should have been the one standing before parliament.

Nothing like the Gandhi family political franchise exists in the world today. A member of the family has essentially run India for two-thirds of the period since independence from Britain in 1947, melding the right to rule of an English monarch with the tragic glamour of the Kennedy clan.

Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, 64, has since returned to India, after five weeks for surgery in the United States for an undisclosed illness. The India media says she underwent treatment at New York's Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Her son's apparent ascendancy, and uncertain leadership qualities, have raised questions about whether a family political dynasty is compatible with a modern democracy and a country carrying increased economic and diplomatic clout.

Congress itself is a party in decline. Its post-World War Two vision of democratic socialism to uplift the rural masses, with big state-run companies and their public sector unions dominating the economy, is looking shopworn in a modern India where a dynamic private sector is propelling growth.

While Congress began reforms in the 1990s that have helped lead to an economic boom, its share of the vote has steadily fallen over the years as regional parties get stronger.

Sonia helped Congress win the last two general elections, but the party faces a more problematic challenge in the next one due in 2014, as a rising urban middle class, fed up with endemic corruption and poor governance, flexes its muscles.

Interviews with Congress party officials and family friends, some of whom have talked to the media for the first time, reveal deep concerns about the future of the Gandhi dynasty.

Doubts are being expressed in New Delhi's corridors of power, among businessmen in the financial capital Mumbai, by swathes of the poor who feel left out by a decade-long economic boom, and by a middle class angry at the unchecked corruption that annual growth of around 8 percent has brought.

This modern India no longer holds the Gandhi family in the same reverential awe; their tragedies that so traumatized the nation now fading with time.

"I think the whole idea of a dynasty negates merit," said Arun Jaitley, a senior leader of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. "The real worth of India's democracy will be realized only when the charisma of so-called dynasties is smashed. Aspirations are changing, people are becoming very harsh judges, things are changing for the better in India."

Rahul is putting his leadership credentials to the test by leading the Congress campaign for local elections next year in Uttar Pradesh, a poor and caste-ridden state with 200 million people, equivalent to the world's fifth-most populous country and considered a political barometer for India as a whole. Congress finished a poor fourth in the last state assembly elections there in 2007.

A RELUCTANT LEADER

A teenage Rahul Gandhi once told his father, the prime minister from 1984 to 1989, he wished they could go back to happier days when Rajiv Gandhi was a pilot with Indian Airlines and had no political aspirations.

"I can't now, because now I have a belief in my people. There is no going back," former Cabinet minister and family confidante Mani Shankar Aiyar recalled Rajiv Gandhi as telling his son.

"That," said Aiyar at one of those leafy British colonial homes in New Delhi reserved for India's senior politicians, "is the ethos of these kids growing up."

Rahul is the great-grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister and independence hero. His grandmother and Nehru's only child, Indira Gandhi, was shot by her Sikh bodyguards. His worst fears were realized when his father was assassinated by a Tamil suicide-bomber in 1991 on the campaign trail.

Rahul, who did not respond to an interview request, may understandably be reluctant to take his spot in this pantheon, but his destiny and duty, his dharma, is written, as far as Congress is concerned.

"It's not a question of whether he will perform or has the ability. He will come on board," a senior Congress party insider said. "There may be rumblings (within Congress) but there are always rumblings. There were rumblings with Indira, with Sonia."

Rahul appears to be in search of an image in a country that expects its politicians to be larger than life -- movie stars are frequent election candidates, for instance -- to galvanize the poor majority who eke out lives of subsistence and misery.

"Sonia is not intellectually brilliant, but she has tenacity. She's stuck it out," said a source close to the Gandhi family. "Rahul may be genuine. But he is really just a very average guy."

Rahul, a bachelor, does seem nice. Even his detractors say he is genuine, committed to grassroots politics. When a newly arrived Reuters correspondent met him at a business conference, he seemed more concerned about the spouse and children of a visiting foreigner than talking shop.

In 2007, U.S. diplomats noted the skepticism about Rahul in diplomatic cables released by the Wikileaks website (wikileaks.org)

"Veteran politics watchers cannot explain Rahul's apparent missteps, while Congress insiders complain that he is a neophyte who does not have what it takes to become Prime Minister," an April 2007 cable said.

Family sources say he is underestimated, his reticence stemming from being a highly-educated man who has studied and worked abroad and is aware of the history on his shoulders.

"He's quite intelligent and bright, but he keeps his thoughts shrouded," said a close Delhi-based friend of Rahul. "Remember one thing. Rahul is an amazing chess player. Like any game of chess it's about who wins, why and the tactics."

Rahul has refused government jobs, preferring to rebuild the Congress youth wing, seen as crucial for the long-term survival of a party that relies on a rural vote bank, but which is run by members now at retirement age.

Congress officials say Rahul just needs time. When Rajiv was thrust into the leadership of the party and running the government after the death of his younger but more politically astute brother Sanjay in a plane crash, he also faced opposition from party veterans who stymied reform initiatives.

Congress will survive, they say, as it has before.

"It's like a willow tree," said Aiyar. "It may bend but it won't break."

But the party is no longer the dominant force it was for so many years. When Rajiv Gandhi first became prime minister in 1984, Congress had a two-thirds majority in parliament. Now it is a minority in parliament, dependent on querulous coalition partners, and most states are in the hands of regional parties or the opposition.

India's traditional caste and religion-based politics, while still a key factor in winning elections, is becoming less relevant to a growing urban middle class, who are also less in awe of a famous surname.

GRASSROOTS RUMBLING

Rahul Gandhi's home constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh has long been the seat of power for the Nehru-Gandhi family.

As in much of India, modernity here is seeping into this small town of 12,000 in fits and starts and the family franchise is fading. Posters depicting the Gandhi trio of Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka are overwhelmed by images of Hindu gods and advertisements for mobile phone operators on the streets. A dusty statue of Rajiv Gandhi at the city center is about the only monument to the dynasty.

Disillusionment has set in among the youth here who are hard-pressed to find jobs in offices and factories and are disinclined to toil in the fields like their parents, the traditional vote bank of Congress.

"Our families for generations have been voting for Congress. They had faith in the party," said Mahi Khan, a 23-year-old arts student, dressed in sports shoes and a pink designer t-shirt. "But now it has become a family party and slowly its vote magic is fading away."

The disgruntlement can also be felt in nearby Rae Bareli constituency, another family bastion once represented by Indira and now by Sonia Gandhi. During Indira's rule, Indian Telephone Industries employed more than 12,000 people here. Today, most factories have closed or shifted elsewhere.

"There has been no development in the city. Gandhi family members are winning on their names," said Santosh Atlanti, 34, as his mother nudged him to keep quiet. "Even we had been voting for Sonia so far, but this time we need to think."

The Atlanti family owns three shops along the main road amounting to some 35-40 votes, he said. "That should count for something."

"The office of Sonia Gandhi is in front of my house but we cannot see her face to face, the way I am talking to you," he added. "Meeting her personally is beyond question as the security is so tight."

These rumblings of discontent may be one reason why Rahul is focusing on young voters, touring schools and universities. He tried that in state elections in neighboring Bihar state last year, however, with little success.

"Rahul's thinking is very good and the youth relate to that," said youth leader Rahul Bajpai in Sonia's constituency. "But many fossil-like seniors in the party do not want smart and clever youngsters to take prominent places in the party."

Even Rahul has been criticized for putting forward young candidates from rich families or with famous names for parliament.

"They come from well-known families. Apart from a few smart ones, many make parliament look like a college cafeteria," sniffed one senior opposition party member.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

When Sonia joined Congress in 1998 after a seven-year absence from politics following Rajiv's death, she faced a rebellion from Congress veterans worried about her Italian origins. She had met Rajiv as a language student at Cambridge.

Nevertheless, she was named party leader. Congress promptly lost the 1999 general election in one of its worst electoral performances to date to the Hindu-nationalists Bharatiya Janata Party. Since then, she has consolidated power, her popularity and mystique growing when she turned down the prime minister's job after Congress's 2004 election win and appointing reformist technocrat Manmohan Singh to the job instead.

For visiting dignitaries, her heavily-guarded mansion in the wealthy center of New Delhi is the place to be, not the Prime Minister's office in South Block on the site of the old British Viceroy's mansion. Forbes magazine this month named her the seventh most powerful woman in the world, ahead of IMF managing director Christine Lagarde.

At meetings, she may take down notes, but usually says little, her serious expression only occasionally breaking into a smile, party workers say.

"She is a loner," said Rasheed Kidwai, author of a biography on Sonia Gandhi. Her children are her closest advisers.

An art exhibition for renowned artist Anish Kapoor in New Delhi last year highlighted her almost regal isolation. A museum official told guests they would be able to see Sonia on a large TV screen while Kapoor escorted her around the exhibits. Delhi's elegantly dressed elite were only allowed in once Sonia had left.

No pictures of Sonia have been published since she returned from her operation and she has yet to make a public appearance, though she has met party leaders and coalition partners in private over the past few days. The Gandhi family and the Congress party have handled her illness as a "personal matter" requiring no public explanation.

As Congress leader, she has quietly squelched dissent and sidelined political rivals. With 79-year-old Manmohan Singh expected to leave office by 2014, Congress now has almost no candidates to replace him apart from Rahul.

When Rahul visited Uttar Pradesh to mediate over a high-profile land dispute earlier this year , Sonia ordered no other party figures to follow him. That happens often on his trips, Congress sources said.

"Sonia's failure to ensure meritocracy in the party may be fatal in modern India," said Inder Malhotra, a journalist and author on the Gandhis.

That may have worked fine in her first term from 2004 to 2009 as she consolidated power in the party. But with the government floundering in the face of corruption scandals, the economy slowing and reforms stuttering to a halt, Congress is searching for leadership.

One senior Congress official acknowledged Sonia has made some mistakes, including approving the appointments of officials now under investigation for corruption. Others say her aloof leadership style is holding back progress.

"Mrs. Gandhi never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity," said one U.S. diplomatic cable in November 2007 published by Wikileaks.

PRIYANKA A WILD CARD?

With Sonia seriously ill and her son struggling to measure up to the high expectations of a family scion, many Congress party eyes are turning in the direction of the 39-year-old Priyanka, who many think resembles her steely-willed grandmother Indira Gandhi, known as "India's iron lady".

"Priyanka has 50 percent of Indira's qualities. She has quick decision power, whereas Sonia and Rahul dilly-dally," said 87-year-old Uma Shankar Mishra, a senior party official in Rae Bareli.

Apart from counseling her mother and taking part in election campaigns, the mother of two has avoided politics. In public, Priyanka wears saris like her mother and grandmother, but in private she prefers wears jeans or skirts, the image of a modern mother.

"I think Priyanka is very knowledgeable about politics," said Aiyar, the family friend. "Remember, there was no person more non-political than her mother in the early days. But she learnt. Her imitation (of Indira) does not lie just in her hairstyle. It is more profound."

Her ascension remains unlikely as Rahul's younger sister. While Indira chose her younger son Sanjay over Rajiv, few think Sonia would ignore Italian and Indian tradition and bypass the older son.

The deeper worry is that neither Priyanka nor Rahul will be able to control a political system that demands strong national figures to keep fractious coalitions together. Congress also faces charismatic opposition leaders who have risen without a family name, such as the BJP's controversial chief minister in Gujarat state, Narendra Modi.

"I think Rahul can deal with the Congress party. The loyalty is there," said biographer Kidwai. "It's the second part that is tricky, dealing with crafty political allies."

The future of the family dynasty, along with the fortunes of Congress, may well rest with how Rahul plays the political end-game in this chess match.

"The Gandhi family is the bonding adhesive of Congress. The minute the family is not there, the party will begin to fall apart," said Aiyar.

As Rahul walked out from parliament that August day, reporters asked why he had taken so long to respond to the Hazare hunger strike and the anti-corruption protests it had inspired.

"I tell you why," Rahul replied. "Because I like to think about things and then decide about things."

He may be running out of time to do that.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/27/us-india-gandhi-idUSTRE78Q0D720110927
 
Inspirational stuff from Rahul G - India is truly blessed to have such a genius as part of the ruling family.

Rahul Gandhi's 'poverty is a state of mind' remark draws flak

Allahabad: Rahul Gandhi is trending high on Twitter today. Mainly for his comment in Allahabad that "poverty is just a state of mind."

The Congress's number 2 was participating in a discussion on Monday when he said, "Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/rahul-gandhi-s-poverty-is-a-state-of-mind-remark-draws-flak-402029


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So Singh is to retire and he effectively hands over the reigns to Rahul Gandhi.

Manmohan Singh backs Rahul Gandhi for successor as India PM - and says rival Narendra Modi would be 'disastrous'





India's prime minister used his first press conference for three years to announce something everyone suspected - that he will stand down after the next election whether his party wins or not. He also used the occasion to launch a surprisingly barbed attack on the main opposition candidate, saying he would be disastrous for the country.

During an hour long event that highlighted how India's preparations for a general election are becoming increasingly bitter, Manmohan Singh announced that he will not seek a third term as premier.

The 81-year-old, who has headed a Congress party-led coalition for almost ten years, said he believed Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, should become the next prime minister. By contrast, he said Narendra Modi, candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, would not be a good leader for India.

"Without discussing the merits of Modi, it would be disastrous for the country to have Narendra Modi as the next prime minister," said Mr Singh, who was asked about claims from the opposition that he had been a weak prime minister.

He added: "If by a strong prime minister they mean you preside over the massacre of innocent citizens on the streets of Ahmadabad, if that is the measure of strength, I do not believe that is the sort of strength this country needs."

Mr Singh, who is usually credited - perhaps too much so - for introducing a series of liberalising reforms which helped India's growth after 1991, became prime minister in 2004. He did so after the Congress party secured a surprise victory and Sonia Gandhi, head of the party and the widow of assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, declined to become premier.

His first term received widespread recognition for continuing reforms as well as introducing a series of bills designed to help India's poorest. The Congress, with Mr Singh as the candidate, was reelected in 2009.

But his second term has been widely condemned, not only by those who have urged him to enact more reforms to help the faltering economy, but by those angered by the repeated revelations of public corruption. Many of the allegations of corruption have been levelled at the government.

In recent weeks and months, Congress has been pushed onto the back foot by a wave of enthusiasm and interest that Mr Modi and the BJP have been able to generate, despite repeated claims over his failure to prevent the massacre of Muslims in the state of Gujarat in 2002. In a series of recent state elections, seen a a indicator as to how people might vote in the general election that must be held by the spring, the BJP beat the Congress in all but one of the contests.

On Friday, the BJP denounced Mr Singh's comments, made during what was just his third press conference in three years.

"[Manmohan Singh] brought agony and misery to the country and its people because of his shameful governance," Ravi Shankar Prasad, a senior BJP leader, told reporters, according to the Associated Press. "You are nobody to call [Mr Modi] a disaster."

As the main parties continue to campaign across the country, both the Congress and BJP are being forced to reassess the political landscape after the emergence of the Aam Aadmi, or Common Man, party. (AAP)

The grass-roots, anti-corruption party became second in a recent election in Delhi and managed to take power in the nation's capital with support from other parties. Riding on the anti-incumbency wave that Mr Modi has also utilised, the party and its leader, Arvind Kejriwal, have since announced plans to contest at least 300 of around 540 seats in the general election.

The party believes is it at the front of a revolution and can replicate its success nationally. "It's seems there is a transformation," said party spokeswoman Shazia Ilmi.

Not everyone is convinced the party has the recognition it does in Delhi. However, the party could be a spanner in the works.

"I can't see AAP seriously contesting 300 seats or having an impact across India," said analyst and journalist Ashok Malik.

"However, its footprint does overlap with an urban geography that was politically crucial for the Congress in 2009 and that Modi is banking on in 2014. If AAP can take away substantial votes in even 20-30 urban constituencies, without necessarily winning all of these, it could damage the BJP."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...arendra-modi-would-be-disastrous-9037469.html
 
The comment at the end of that independent article rings true.

The sceptre to be passed from a zombie to an low-IQ imbecile in order to prevent a monster from taking over?
Great conundrum for a country with so many brilliant minds.
 
The comment at the end of that independent article rings true.

lol.. singh might be soft but he is not zombie .. he is powerless but doing his best to maintain a clean image for kongress..

but comment about gandhi is bang or target
 
Man...I saw this. Extremely poor stuff from Congress, to pit RG against Arnab Goswami. Whatever was left of Rahul has come out in open.
 
Lol Arnab Goswami completely exposed him.never thought he was such a big phattu.I feel for him now.:))
 
Lol Arnab Goswami completely exposed him.never thought he was such a big phattu.I feel for him now.:))

There was a question on whether he blames Modi for Gujarat riots.. And his answer was something like, "we need to empower women and bring youth into politics" :)))
 
I have been hearing about "Arnab Goswami" a lot for the last few months, and particularly after the Consular officer issue and AAP. Is he someone like Rajat Sharma who grills people?
 
May be 5-6 years old.This interview of Modi by Karan Thapar were all around the news during that time.he was so restless in it.
 
Rahul's interview was hilarious.like studying something else but exam mein kuch aur aa gya but still write whatever you mugged up:))
 
Rahul got scared in the first question itself.his eyes started wandering lol.
 
A lot has changed in 5 years, this RaGa interview just assured me thatI have been thinking right about him all the time.
 
Arnab-Rahul combo was so funny! Literally ripped him off! People like Arnab (even though a little loud and judgmental, may I say) make me believe that there are still some honest journos around.
 
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Honestly, I don't think RaGa has bad intentions. Problem is unless he comes out from being mama-boy and fights in open without Congress Cronies giving him advice and shielding him, people will find it tough to believe him.

He talked so much of youth, women empowerment in this interview, yet next day when Congress releases the list of Rajya Sabha nominees, all we see are old horses like Digvijay Singh and Madhusudan Mistry being appointed.
 
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What now for Rahul Gandhi?

#BBCtrending: Where is Rahul Gandhi?

Indians have taken to Twitter to ask: "Where is Rahul Gandhi?"

The Indian National Congress suffered election defeat in two states this weekend - Maharashtra and Haryana. Before the elections, Congress was the biggest party in both.

As it became clear they were no longer going to be able to form a government in those states, social media users turned their attention to senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. It's not the first time there's been a "where is Rahul Gandhi?" moment on social media. It happened last May, when Mr Gandhi missed a state function, in the period just before the BJP's Narendra Modi won elections and became prime minister, and also in June 2013, during floods in mountainous Uttarrakhand state.

This time, there have been nearly 7,000 tweets asking "Where is Rahul Gandhi?" with many online sharing memes, and providing comical answers to the whereabouts of the 44-year-old Congress vice president.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-29691289
 
Gandhiji has been missing for almost 2 months. Apparently we are in for a pleasant surprise when he returns.

Amidst controversy over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s long sabbatical, the former Union Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday said wherever the leader is, he is completely safe.

Talking to journalists here he said that no one need to worry about Mr. Gandhi.

“Rahul is the commander of the Congress and when he will return, he will return with special achievements which the world will watch,” Mr.Khurshid said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...-safe-says-salman-khurshid/article7070911.ece

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-32281848
 
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Good news for Rahul fans. The time has finally come for the 46 year old 'youngster'. :inzi :rehman :raja

Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress chief? Sonia tightlipped

Speculation on Wednesday raged about Rahul Gandhi taking over as Congress President soon but the party dismissed any such immediate possibility even as Sonia Gandhi remained tightlipped on the issue.

Sonia, who is on a visit to her constituency Rae Bareli, was asked to comment on media reports about Congressmen wanting Rahul to take over as President. She just got into her car without replying to the media.

“We are a national party. There are certain procedures …When it comes to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi we all wholeheartedly accept (their leadership)” …We all want Rahul to take over, as and when (it will happen), we will make a proper statement,” party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said.

Replying to a volley of questions on the speculation over Rahul’s imminent elevation and also on the possibility of Priyanka Gandhi becoming active in Uttar Pradesh where Assembly polls are scheduled next year, Dev said :” speculation is the privilege of the media”.

In Chandigarh, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh said time is right for Rahul Gandhi to take over from his mother as Congress President and favoured Priyanka’s entry into active politics.

“Sonia Gandhi is a brilliant leader. I have said that she has been working (as Congress President) for the last 20 years. If she feels that time has come to give it to a new generation, then she should pass it on and we will fully support Rahul (to take over),” he told a press conference.

A section in the party feels that Sonia should continue as party chief, while another feels that the earlier Rahul takes over the reins the better.

Leaders like Jairam Ramesh have said earlier that Rahul will be party president in 2016.

Talk is that a meeting of the Congress Working Committee will be held this month to discuss threadbare the situation caused by the party’s debacle in Assembly elections in four states.

Holding of a ‘Chintan Shivir’ to brainstorm over the losses, among other things, is also being talked about.

Rahul was made party vice president in January 2013 at the Jaipur chintan shivir. Sonia Gandhi has been at the helm of the party since March 1998 and has created a record of sorts.
- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/in...er-sonia-gandhi-2829350/#sthash.XPmevFyE.dpuf
 
Who is a Congress fan?Even the Muslims their biggest vote bank have almost abandoned them for Majlis or regional party.
 
Who is a Congress fan?Even the Muslims their biggest vote bank have almost abandoned them for Majlis or regional party.

If Congress dies, India will die with it. They are the only credible national party who should either be in power or be the main opposition. Yes, they need a new direction, but those rejoicing its decline are not aware that post congress India will be worse, not better.
 
If Congress dies, India will die with it. They are the only credible national party who should either be in power or be the main opposition. Yes, they need a new direction, but those rejoicing its decline are not aware that post congress India will be worse, not better.

A healthy democracy needs a credible opposition that is true.
 
A healthy democracy needs a credible opposition that is true.

Especially when other political parties cannot think beyond their states. Congress deserved losing power, but I would like to see its revival. 3 years is a long time in politics, anything can happen.
 
I was wondering why this guy was so white. Turns out his mother is Italian, interesting.

Is he like Imran Khan of India? Good looking guy who uses charm and status to win hearts, but may not be a bad option?
 
I was wondering why this guy was so white. Turns out his mother is Italian, interesting.

Is he like Imran Khan of India? Good looking guy who uses charm and status to win hearts, but may not be a bad option?

I don't think you can compare the two. Whatever you think of his politics Khan is clearly a clever chap who built up a political party, with some success, from scratch whereas Gandhi comes across as being a bit dim and post college/university he hasn't really achieved anything of note in life.
 
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I will vote for Congress the day they tone down their arrogance and stop acting like servants to Gandhi-Nehru family.
 
I was wondering why this guy was so white. Turns out his mother is Italian, interesting.

Is he like Imran Khan of India? Good looking guy who uses charm and status to win hearts, but may not be a bad option?

Imran Khan can be compared only with Modi. Right from their larger than life personas, polarized opinions to vocal social media fans. If Imran wins national elections the comparison will be complete.
 
If Congress dies, India will die with it. They are the only credible national party who should either be in power or be the main opposition. Yes, they need a new direction, but those rejoicing its decline are not aware that post congress India will be worse, not better.

Not really,Congress will die only due to its own faults,one cannot abolish monarchy and promote political dynasty and try to escape its consequences.

India is bigger than Congress ,it will evolve irrespective of it being there and some other party will take its root.
 
I will vote for Congress the day they tone down their arrogance and stop acting like servants to Gandhi-Nehru family.

Why would you vote even then, which leader of theirs is inspiring you to vote for them.
 
AAP will replace Congress sooner i can see AAP getting many Congress cadres moving to their party because ideologically its similar to Congress without the corruption.
 
I don't think you can compare the two. Whatever you think of his politics Khan is clearly a clever chap who built up a political party, with some success, from scratch whereas Gandhi comes across as being a bit dim and post college/university he hasn't really achieved anything of note in life.

I think AAP is much better comparison, Kejriwal is the person building a party from the scratch and rising up against status quo. AAP will need at least a decade's struggle to where Imran's PTI is today. Only problem in PTI's case is whether the party can grow at same pace post Imran and if it does then definitely have bright future. Not sure if AAP revolves around Kejriwal or if there are other options as well?
 
I think AAP is much better comparison, Kejriwal is the person building a party from the scratch and rising up against status quo. AAP will need at least a decade's struggle to where Imran's PTI is today. Only problem in PTI's case is whether the party can grow at same pace post Imran and if it does then definitely have bright future. Not sure if AAP revolves around Kejriwal or if there are other options as well?

AAP? :)))

The dumbest party of India. Rahul Gandhi is better than Kejriwal.
 
I think AAP is much better comparison, Kejriwal is the person building a party from the scratch and rising up against status quo. AAP will need at least a decade's struggle to where Imran's PTI is today. Only problem in PTI's case is whether the party can grow at same pace post Imran and if it does then definitely have bright future. Not sure if AAP revolves around Kejriwal or if there are other options as well?

And kissing Lalu and Mamta ad Mulayam's butt in the process- wonder what happened to his India against Corruption crusade. Prefer Congress to AAP- atleast they got a good idea of how to run the nation.
 
What do u guys think of priyanka gandhi? She does have charishma and maybe if she enters politics congress can be revived again. AS of now congress is very much in decline.
 
What do u guys think of priyanka gandhi? She does have charishma and maybe if she enters politics congress can be revived again. AS of now congress is very much in decline.

We are with Priyanka and Dammad jee. So he can do more scams.
 
What do u guys think of priyanka gandhi? She does have charishma and maybe if she enters politics congress can be revived again. AS of now congress is very much in decline.

Sure if you want another financial rape of the country then support her.
 
What do u guys think of priyanka gandhi? She does have charishma and maybe if she enters politics congress can be revived again. AS of now congress is very much in decline.

Same was said of Rahul when he wasn't exposed so woefully in the Public eye. Anybody can appear glamorous for a short stint. Think Afridi. I will reserve my opinion till she actually dives into politics fully.
Public scrutiny of Politicians is brutal compared to us normal folks, she has been larger immune to that as of now!

Still, all in all, the bar set by Pappu is pretty low! :p
 
I was wondering why this guy was so white. Turns out his mother is Italian, interesting.

Is he like Imran Khan of India? Good looking guy who uses charm and status to win hearts, but may not be a bad option?

Rahul's Mom is Italian and dad is a Kashmiri. Obviously he will look a lot lighter than an average Indian.
 
What do u guys think of priyanka gandhi? She does have charishma and maybe if she enters politics congress can be revived again. AS of now congress is very much in decline.

Why reduce politics to a personality contest?

Priyanka may have as much Charisma as her Grandmother, but what does that matter so long as she has no clue as to how to run a country, and all her hangers on are interested in is stealing public money.

Imran is the same to some extent. Sells his tiger personality to the nation. Nawaz the lion of Punjab. Bhuttos saviours of Sindh.

Hasina lives on the dynasty of her father. Mehbooba Mufti the same. Omar Abdullah survives purely because of who is grandfather was.

SC is screwed.
 
I know one SPG guy who confirms that Rahul Gandhi is even dumber than what people assume. What a horrible choice.
 
Sure if you want another financial rape of the country then support her.

Did I say I support her? I am talking in terms of congress revival there is no leader in congress as of now. I have read few articles where the congressmen themselves want Priyanka to be more active and take center stage
 
Why reduce politics to a personality contest?

Priyanka may have as much Charisma as her Grandmother, but what does that matter so long as she has no clue as to how to run a country, and all her hangers on are interested in is stealing public money.

Imran is the same to some extent. Sells his tiger personality to the nation. Nawaz the lion of Punjab. Bhuttos saviours of Sindh.

Hasina lives on the dynasty of her father. Mehbooba Mufti the same. Omar Abdullah survives purely because of who is grandfather was.

SC is screwed.

Because indian and sc politics is personality driven even now it is modi and his charisma that has propelled BJP to power
 
Same was said of Rahul when he wasn't exposed so woefully in the Public eye. Anybody can appear glamorous for a short stint. Think Afridi. I will reserve my opinion till she actually dives into politics fully.
Public scrutiny of Politicians is brutal compared to us normal folks, she has been larger immune to that as of now!

Still, all in all, the bar set by Pappu is pretty low! :p

True ! But u should see how the aam junta reacts to her presence . And since the bar is low if she manages to be little bit better than Rahul and is able to learn quickly then congress can possibly be revived. As if now with Rahul at the helm congress will go into oblivion soon
 
True ! But u should see how the aam junta reacts to her presence . And since the bar is low if she manages to be little bit better than Rahul and is able to learn quickly then congress can possibly be revived. As if now with Rahul at the helm congress will go into oblivion soon

Congress had an easy chance to revive itself if they had pushed Pranab Mukherjee to top, they can still do it if they invest in cadres but its a dynasty party and by elevating Rahul Gandhi they have killed it themselves.
 
AAP? :)))

The dumbest party of India. Rahul Gandhi is better than Kejriwal.

That's normal reaction, not surprised at all. Most of the educated Indians I have spoken to support AAP.
 
Did I say I support her? I am talking in terms of congress revival there is no leader in congress as of now. I have read few articles where the congressmen themselves want Priyanka to be more active and take center stage

Your post would suggest that you cannot wait for Priyanka to come to the rescue of Congress and come back to power....
 
Rahul Gandhi is going end the drugs problem in Punjab in a month. I suppose that's a bit like Modi who promised to get back all of India's black money within 100 days of taking power.

Can End Punjab's Drug Problem In A Month If We Come To Power: Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today made a searing attack on the Akali Dal-led government in Punjab, accusing it of encouraging the illegal trade of drugs in the state and promising to end the menace in a month if the Congress is voted to power in assembly elections to be held early next year.

"The government here encourages the drug trade because it benefits them. We can solve the problem in one month if we are voted to power," Mr Gandhi said,

"All that needs to be done is give the police a free hand. Free them from the clutches of the Akalis. Once that is done, the business of drugs can be ended in four weeks," the Congress vice president said.

He also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he said, "Modiji speaks of ease of doing business. The only business which is easy to do in Punjab is that of drugs."

The Congress leader blamed the Akali Dal and the BJP, allies both in the state and at the Centre, for the trouble that Bollywood film Udta Punjab, based on drug abuse in Punjab, has had with the censor board.

"Today they are banning the film Udta Punjab because they don't want to admit the truth, because it is profitable for them," Mr Gandhi alleged.

Mr Gandhi's rally came as the Aam Aadmi Party attacked the Congress for handing charge of its affairs in Punjab to senior leader Kamal Nath, bringing up allegations against him of involvement in the anti-Sikh Delhi riots of 1984, an emotive election issue in the state.

Mr Nath has pointed out that a commission of inquiry absolved him of those charges and accused AAP of a political attack to re-energise a flagging campaign.

Arvind Kejriwal's party has also attacked the Congress and Mr Gandhi, accusing them of not addressing Punjab's drug issue when the party was in power for 10 years till 2014.

AAP has turned the Punjab election into a three-sided contest and is in contest with the Congress to appropriate the drug abuse issue as a key election issue.

In its first national election in 2014, AAP had won all its four Lok Sabha seats from Punjab

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/rahul-gandhi-to-lead-protest-against-drugs-issue-in-punjab-1418324
 
The youth leader has spoken.

What now for Rajmata and her family?

After his party won just seven of a total of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi, who starred in the campaign and directed strategy along with sister Priyanka, described the result "as a little down".

The 46-year-old's appraisal is vastly at odds with senior party leaders who are acknowledging the verdict of India's politically most strategic state as a debacle and asking for urgent "introspection."


Mr Gandhi, who has been criticised for not being seen till this morning since results from five states were announced on Saturday, said, that "in opposition, you have ups and downs. We had a little down in UP, we accept it." While faulting the BJP for running what he described as a polarising campaign in Uttar Pradesh, he acknowledged, "(but) the fact is they won the election. However, they did it, they won the election."


For UP Elections Rahul Gandhi directed strategy along with sister Priyanka (File)

"It is a hugely frustrating act if party worker are saying something and the party leaders not doing anything," said Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury, though, like other colleagues including Digivjaya Singh, she emphasised that "Rahul is not responsible for the losses... he has never shied away from responsibility. The problem is a lot deeper than what you are seeing."

Since 2014, when the Congress promoted Mr Gandhi to its top-billed campaigner, the party has yielded one state after another, failing to discuss a much-needed regeneration.

The party, which orbits the Gandhi family and has no inhibitions about saying so, won Punjab, though its success there is attributed largely to the innovative campaign of 75-year-old Captain Amarinder Singh, who will take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday, returning the Congress to power in the state after 10 years.

The Congress placed first in Goa and Manipur, but did not win a majority. It is struggling to beat the BJP to form the government in both states, where its efforts to collect essential support from smaller regional parties have been lethargic. However, the Congress claims that the BJP is being given unfair preference, and that as the second-largest party, it should not have been invited to form the government in Goa. The Supreme Court did not seem to agree. Today, its judges said that the Congress has failed to offer evidence that it has the majority support of newly-elected legislators in Goa; a trust vote for the BJP Manohar Parrikar as Goa's Chief Minister has been ordered for Thursday.

"There were five state elections, two of them were won by the BJP and three by the Congress, and in two of the states where we won, democracy has been undermined by them using financial power, money. That is what has happened. The mandate of the people of Goa and of the people of Manipur has been stolen by the BJP," proclaimed Mr Gandhi today.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/m.ndtv...-winning-7-seats-1669364?amp=1&akamai-rum=off
 
Rahul is off on a world tour.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rahul Gandhi will go on a 'study tour' of the world to prepare for a 2019 face-off with Modi <a href="https://t.co/eufxDIrEkn">https://t.co/eufxDIrEkn</a> <a href="https://t.co/VkO38QDRiL">pic.twitter.com/VkO38QDRiL</a></p>— HuffPost India (@HuffPostIndia) <a href="https://twitter.com/HuffPostIndia/status/906026844998078464">8 September 2017</a></blockquote>
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The world study tour has commenced.


Absolutely Ready To Take Charge,' Says Rahul Gandhi At US University

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA:

Rahul Gandhi began his two-week US tour with an address to students at University of California's Berkeley today, attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP and also saying that he is "absolutely ready" to take charge of his party.

"I am absolutely ready to do that but we have an organisational election process that decides and the process is currently ongoing...That decision is something the Congress party should take," said Mr Gandhi. He had been asked if he was ready to take charge of executive roles in the Congress party. Mr Gandhi is tipped to take over soon as party president from his mother Sonia Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi, whose party slid to its lowest tally ever in Parliament in the last election, acknowledged that a "certain arrogance" had crept into the Congress and took responsibility for what he called a couple of years of lost opportunities from 2012.

But he asked not to be singled out for criticism as a dynast, saying, "Most of the country runs like this. That's how India works."
"Dynastic politics is a problem in all political parties. Akhilesh (Yadav), (MK) Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK), Abhishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan) -- are all examples of dynastic legacy, also (Mukesh and Anil) Ambani (son of Dhirubhai Ambani), that's how the entire country is running," Mr Gandhi said, adding, "The real question is if that person is a capable, sensitive person."

In a sharp attack, he accused the ruling BJP of festering "hatred, anger, violence and politics of polarisation," talking about the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and about mob lynchings on beef suspicions. "It makes millions feel they have no future in their own country, isolates people and turns them to radicalization," the Congress leader said.

He also attacked the government over last year's notes ban, saying demonetisation had taken away two per cent from the growth of the Indian economy. The decline, Mr Gandhi alleged, has caused damage to agriculture and deep distress among farmers.

Mr Gandhi's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was more subtle than direct. He admitted the Prime Minister was a better communicator than him and praised his Make In India and Swachh Bharat initiatives. But he differed with his approach to foreign policy, saying he would have made sure that not only did India have a solid relationship with the United States, but also that did not isolate others "such as Russia, Iran and our neighbouring countries."

He alleged that PM Modi controls an online machine of over a thousand people whose very purpose is to destroy Rahul Gandhi's credibility, calling him "stupid and incompetent".

In 1949, Rahul Gandhi's great grandfather Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had spoken at the University. He was then Prime Minister of India.

Mr Gandhi arrived in San Fransisco yesterday and will, during his two-week US tour, meet Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and thought leaders to develop a better path forward for the Congress party. A highlight will be an event in New York City's Marriot Hotel with a capacity of 1,900 people, where he will address overseas Indians.

From San Francisco, Mr Gandhi will travel to Los Angeles. He is likely to visit Aspen Institute. The Congress Vice President will also travel to Washington DC and Princeton University before his final address in New York.


http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/abso...ge-says-rahul-gandhi-at-us-university-1749028
 
Rahul Gandhi : the gift that keeps giving to BJP!

Anyone but Modi. Modi has been a cancer for India. At least RaGa has able people around him like Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh. Only person who has been good in BJP's govt is Sushma Swaraj, rest have taken India backwards.
 
Anyone but Modi. Modi has been a cancer for India. At least RaGa has able people around him like Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh. Only person who has been good in BJP's govt is Sushma Swaraj, rest have taken India backwards.

Yeah anyone but Modi, lets give power to the mentally handicapped Rahul Gandhi's or even better his brother in law like Robert Vadra all commanded by the lovely; non fraudulent, non corrupt, the pure & honest Italian waitress....
 
Yeah anyone but Modi, lets give power to the mentally handicapped Rahul Gandhi's or even better his brother in law like Robert Vadra all commanded by the lovely; non fraudulent, non corrupt, the pure & honest Italian waitress....

Rahul Gandhi is not very smart, but at least he is not evil, and has the benefit of some smart minds in the form of veteran congress leaders who would do the policy making, while Rahul will be the nice face of India like Justin is for Canada. Corruption is an issue, but less dangerous than what BJP does, essentially damaging the fabric of India.
 
Rahul Gandhi will rise.

I wouldn't rule it out.

They got 45/545 seats last time round - they can't possibly do any worse than that in 2019 so the party under Rahul will undoubtedly rise however will it be enough to win back power? 45 to 150-200+ seats in one election cycle is a big ask.
 
They got 45/545 seats last time round - they can't possibly do any worse than that in 2019 so the party under Rahul will undoubtedly rise however will it be enough to win back power? 45 to 150-200+ seats in one election cycle is a big ask.
I won't be surprised if they cross 100 this time. Regional parties are getting decimated across the country
 
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