If Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi stay in form, the 2014 General Election might be more interesting than the previous one.
Both have made at least one important speech already in 2013. Both were good.
But, here's the thing. How do facts fare? Whom may we trust?
Modi has spoken twice in recent weeks in Delhi. His talk at the Shri Ram College of Commerce was more substance.
He laid out some genuine concerns about India – the lack of the big idea, inertia in deed, and a lack of flawlessness.
The speech to the BJP, during the second day of the BJP National Council meeting in Delhi on March 3, was pure spectacle. He was speaking to a party ready to lap up anything he said.
The Nehru-Gandhi control over the Congress is an old theme. Criticism of it works each time. Five generations of any family at the top can make it tough for them.
Every time Modi launches into the Nehru-Gandhis, he looks and sounds more impressive than he may be. The Congress has had a rough time with UPA2, much of it self-inflicted. The party is low on self-confidence. Years of shortsighted conduct is now hurting.
Modi was right there.
Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressing on second day of Party National Council Meeting in New Delhi on Sunday, March 3, 2012