There is a buzz among the Tamil Nadu Congress cadres: Rahul Gandhi is afraid of going south. So what’s stopping the Congress vice president? Besides the daunting prospect of matching the huge crowds that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi pulled at each of his three poll rallies in the state, there’s the highly emotive issue of the UPA government’s failure to protect Tamil fishermen from the Sri Lankan Navy and his more recent opposition to the release of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins. The Tamil Nadu Youth Congress plans a series of padyatras ahead of the coming elections and wants Rahul to launch the campaign. He hasn’t said no, but no one really expects him to show up.