If an outsider looked at the Indian media debates, then he could be forgiven for thinking that the Prime Ministerial battle between Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was one of equals with Rahul retaining a slight edge because of Modi’s Godhra taint.
The truth is quite the contrary with Rahul in no way standing up to Modi. In any other country they wouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath.
A comparison between the two…
Experience: Rahul entered politics in 2004. In the last 8 years, he has sometimes attended Parliament. He has travelled and eaten in poor people’s homes. He has given fancy speeches. What else? That’s about it! It’s the same 2-3 things repeated again and again and again.
What are his achievements? What has he done? Has he sorted out a tricky issue? Has he sat in a committee? Has he handled a ministry? It’s a big zero.
PV Narasimha Rao handled various ministries all his life and became the PM’s advisor. That’s why he deserved the PM’s post in 1991.
LK Advani was PM AB Vajpayee’s official deputy and also handled many ministries. That’s why he aspired to be PM.
If one looks at 8 years of the UPA, then the core team consists of people like Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee and P Chidambaram. By that logic, Mukherjee (who opted out of the race last year) and Chidambaram are next in line.
But Rahul has been anointed for doing absolutely nothing merely because he has been part of the dynasty.
Whether you like Modi or not, you can’t deny the fact that he has been Chief Minister for 11 years. He also was part of the student political movement in the 1970s, giving him almost four decades of political experience of some kind.
Image: In this photograph taken on November 14, 2012 Congress party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi listens to a speech by Chairperson of The National League for Democracy of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, during her Nehru Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.