Most people tend to think of Rajiv Gandhi when they see and hear Rahul Gandhi. This may be a mistake. Rahul Gandhi is more like his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who has been a single parent for half of Rahul’s life [so far].
This means that Rahul Gandhi is likely to take time over his plans. He is far more cautious than Rajiv ever was. Which is a Sonia-like trait.
“We need to bring change [in the Congress]. But we need to do it slowly. We can’t rush into it,” Rahul Gandhi told a hagiographic audience at the three-day Congress Chintan Shivir [brainstorming session].
This is what Rahul has seen his mother do for the past 15 years.
By now, nearing nine years in public life, Rajiv would have brandished at least one big idea. And pitched another half-a-dozen concepts.
Rahul has not. Like his mother.
Older Congressmen [and women] tend to look at Rahul from the sub-conscious memory of Rajiv. They almost never think Sonia when they see Rahul. Therefore, the worry that Rahul doesn’t hurry.
This works to Rahul’s advantage. It keeps the Congress begging for more and it adds an element of surprise to even the mundane.
In Picture: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi hugs his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) session in Jaipur on January 20, 2013.
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