“BUT IN A DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS ARE HELD. I OPENLY INVITE (SHEHZAD) POONAWALA TO FILE THE NOMINATION AND CONTEST.”
Congress leader and seemingly chief sycophant MANI SHANKAR AIYAR appended these lines to an ill-conceived commentary about the difference between the ‘democratic’ Congress party and the patrilineal Mughals. Never one to spurn an open goal, prime minister Narendra Modi twisted Aiyar’s remarks to “congratulate the Congress on their ‘Aurangzebi raj’.” That said, what was Aiyar thinking? Can a process in which Rahul Gandhi is made Congress president without a hint of a challenge be considered healthy?