Lead­ing the Party

Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

Your story on Rahul Gandhi and his re­cent rise to power within the Congress party was very in­for­ma­tive and raised a num­ber of per­ti­nent ques­tions. The Congress party finds it­self em­broiled in a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sies and a ten­ure that many view as out­dated with In­dia’s real-time prob­lems. The re­cent civil out­pour- ing fol­low­ing the rape case of a young woman has di­min­ished Congress’s rep­u­ta­tion and only alien­ated it fur­ther from the peo­ple. With elec­tions fast ap­proach­ing and faced with a dire need to re­vamp the party, Congress’s move to in­tro­duce and pro­mote Rahul Gandhi has come at the right time. Gandhi is a younger face, rep­re­sents a strong con­tin­u­a­tion of the Gandhi dy­nasty and has a record of truly in­ter­act­ing with the peo­ple in the realm of so­cial devel­op­ment. Though he has tried his hand at state level pol­i­tics, un­for­tu­nately, he hasn’t suc­ceeded as was ex­pected. Rahul, un­like his more vo­cal sis­ter Priyanka, has a more docile per­son­al­ity, a softer stance on na­tional po­lit­i­cal is­sues and se­verely lacks the dom­i­neer­ing and con­fi­dent per­son­al­ity that usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies a strong, po­lit­i­cal leader. Rahul may have a lot back­ing him up but that is pre­cisely the rea­son why he must play harder to make a prom­i­nent place for him­self in the ugly world of In­dian pol­i­tics. Where In­dia stands right now, a fam­ily name won’t be enough to carry a legacy. Gandhi will have to prove his worth in the form of real­is­tic and prac­ti­cal poli­cies, strength­en­ing the party’s link to its peo­ple and im­prov­ing a tar­nished party rep­u­ta­tion - a tall or­der for even the golden boy of the Gandhi dy­nasty to bat­tle. Priyanka Pa­tel Mum­bai, In­dia

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