Stories about Rahul Gandhi

The Modi brand is here to stay

The man is bigger than his party. This is the crux of the results of five assembly elections in India, especially the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) that sends 80 MPs to Parliament. After these polls, there is no denying that Narendra Modi’s popularity overshadows not only the opposition but also his own party, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). There was similar support for our first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, as was there for his daughter Indira Gandhi during her regime. Modi is no Nehru and is also quite different from Indira; the background of the ‘chaiwala’ has ...

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Rahul Gandhi is inexperienced and lacks vision

The Indian National Congress has been enjoying unbridled power ever since independence. Until 1999, India did not have any opposition party strong enough to challenge it. However, with the emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as a national party in the late 90s, the face of Indian politics changed. The BJP led National Democratic Front first came to the national scene in 1996, and after a brief interregnum for two years, they won the general elections in 1999 again, where they remained in power for five years. The party has gone from strength to strength ever since. However, BJP’s victory in the 2014 ...

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Can a journalist in India write against Modi or the RSS?

A few days ago, a journalist friend of mine was laconically told by his editor that he would not be allowed to write against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), apparently because “we should allow the BJP government to enjoy its honeymoon for a while”. Ironically, the very next day, I was told that the very same editor wrote a pro-Modi article, eulogising the Hindu nationalist leader to the extent that would make the bhakts (admirers) explode with delight. When he protested and entreated the powers-that-be to vent his views on critical issues plaguing the ...

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No BJP, Rahul Gandhi did not cause the earthquake in Nepal

A devastating earthquake clocking in a shocking 7.8 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal on Saturday, killing nearly 4,000 people and injuring 6,000. As aid and prayers rush towards the afflicted from all over the world, measurements are being taken and reports drafted about aftershocks and future quakes that might occur in the region. Science has come far in the last couple of centuries but man is still, in the grand scale of things, no more than an amoeba, crawling on the surface of a soft-boiled egg still warm out of the pan. Not everyone was upset, however. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionaries Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi insisted that the earthquake ...

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What do JFK, ZAB, Imran Khan and Rahul Gandhi have in common?

November 22, 2014, marks the 51st death anniversary of the United States’ 35th president, John F Kennedy. While the western media – the American media in particular – mourns on the day, giving it more coverage than the death anniversary of any other American president, aided by public gatherings at different Kennedy monuments throughout the US, a question comes to the mind of an outside observer: Does Kennedy really deserve such exuberant treatment, even after 51 years of his death? True, Kennedy was amongst those US presidents who died while in office – but he wasn’t the first. Seven other American presidents have died while they ...

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India and Pakistan must stop playing with SAARCs future

So despite the extraordinary efforts of Nepal, host of the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, to ‘pull aside’ Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to ‘crack the nut’ and ease tensions between the two South Asian neighbours, it appears that a meeting between the two leaders will not take place after all. Thanks to the belligerent and nonchalant ways of India and Pakistan, SAARC, as an organisation, finds itself at crossroads, faced with a crisis of identity and an inability to make an impact on the people of the member countries. Even after almost four decades of its existence, it, ...

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Did Hindu nationalists celebrate Gandhi’s murder?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants the Indian National Congress (INC) to be derecognised by the Indian Election Commission. The Hindu nationalist leaders of this party were apparently infuriated over a speech made by Rahul Gandhi in Maharashtra last month during his whirlwind poll campaign wherein he accused the former’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), of being involved in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi. The 43-year-old said, “They killed Gandhi. RSS people shot Gandhi dead. And today their people (the BJP) talk about Gandhi. Sardar Patel was a Congress leader who has written clearly about RSS and today they (the ...

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Indian elections 2014: Who will win?

There couldn’t have been a worse run-up to the 2014 general elections in India. As soon as dates for the polling schedule were announced, the world’s largest democracy witnessed many street clashes and stone pelting between members of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in various cities.  Violence broke out after the police detained AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal during his campaign in Narendra Modi’s territory, Gujarat. The clashes of wooden sticks with jharoos (brooms) were symbolically evident. In New Delhi, the police had to use water cannons on the protesters. The situation went from bad to worse in no time. The Indian National Congress (INC) The ruling INC, ...

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Advani’s predicament: Has BJP become a one-man party?

The way the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) old stager Lal Krishna Advani and other senior leaders have been left out in the cold, in the run-up to the 2014 general elections, and meted out with a shabby treatment by Narendra Modi and his obsequious, lackey followers, reminds me of the case of the cuckoo. For those who are not aware of what a cuckoo is, it’s a medium sized, slender bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. For instance, let’s assume that a cuckoo has laid an egg in the nest of a hedge-sparrow. When the egg hatches, the sparrow feeds the ...

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Rahul Gandhi versus Bilawal Bhutto: Who is the better politician?

Bhuttosim and Nehruism–Gandhism share some political traits that have blended the mainstream politics of India and Pakistan for quite a while now. The common one amongst them is, unfortunately, the politics of sacrifice. The Bhuttos and the Gandhis have given up and surrendered their lives in the South Asian region to preserve democratic norms and traditions. During ‘Operation Blue Star’, Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister and the first female premier of India, was assassinated. Her son, Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India, also died in a well-plotted bomb blast while campaigning in Tamil Nadu. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (R) and Indira ...

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