From my political and personal blog, a piece on Rahul Gandhi, Modi and Gujarat election campaign.
So far Gandhi’s story was the first few chapters of a ‘coming of age’ novel. In all coming of age movies or novels, the protagonist does arrive. The rich and spoilt Sids of the world finally do Wake Up. And people love them, when they do. We all love the underdog, the one who, like a Phoenix, rises up to the occasion and saves the day. Perhaps that’s what worked for Rahul Gandhi in the last three to four months.
But let me cut the drama and talk in specifics.
In the forthcoming Gujarat state assembly election campaign Rahul Gandhi came across as the proverbial “New and Improved” opposition leader. His new avatar has given a sigh of relief, and a breath of two lungs full of fresh hopeful air to millions of Indians who were desperately looking for alternatives to save the democracy. On this day when Rahul Gandhi is declared President of the 131 year old, Indian National Congress, many might have taken a deep breathe and said, “Everything is not lost. India still has hopes.”
I followed the election campaign by Prime Minister Modi and Rahul Gandhi closely, and gleefully observed how Gandhi has reinvented himself. From his body language to voice modulation to pronunciation; to the calm and comfort with which he attacked Modi in rallies after rallies – Rahul Gandhi is the absolute antithesis of everything that is Modi.
And that makes him such a…
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