Challenges for Rahul Gandhi may come more from people closer to him than from those he may only know professionally.
For instance, it might be more complex dealing with a brother-in-law whose reputation does nothing for the Congress, although Robert Vadra has not been seen near Rahul or Priyanka Gandhi for a while.
Much of Rahul Gandhi’s work ethic has been shaped by his time in the UK. He, therefore, has a better sense of professional work culture than many in the Congress whose instincts are sharper on caste and community.
This makes him impatient with older colleagues. He respects them for their age and seniority but he has difficulty tolerating their view of India and the world.
He made a reference to this in Jaipur when he spoke of how none in the Congress cared for rules and that there were many hypocrites.
With younger colleagues, Rahul expects them to be modern and sharp. He expects them to be looking at India and the world totally differently from previous generations.
He likes the underdog. He would go out of his way to help people whom he thinks society may have harmed. Like with Dalits and the tribals.
Which is why he joined the tribals in 2010 against Vedanta in Niyamgiri, Odisha.
In Picture: Rahul Gandhi greets supporters during a gathering of farmers at the end of a four-day march he undertook in the farmlands of northern India at Aligarh.
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