Reach­ing Out Like Ra­jiv

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Like his fa­ther, Rahul is a re­luc­tant politi­cian. Ra­jiv Gandhi was in­ducted in 1980 af­ter his brother’s death and then rushed into the PM’s chair in 1984 af­ter his mother’s as­sas­si­na­tion. Rahul, who first joined pol­i­tics in 2004, has had a decade of groom­ing. But un­like Ra­jiv, he doesn’t flash a win­ning smile of­ten enough.

CHAL­LENGE Can the ‘ cru­sader for pub­lic good’ shed the im­age of be­ing dis­con­nected from peo­ple?

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