Congress Has A Trump Card For 2024, But Rahul Has To Come Out Of ‘Kya Karein, Kya Na Karein’ IG News

At an event in New Delhi on Saturday evening, Sugata Srinivasaraju, author of Strange Burdens: The Politics and Predicament of Rahul Gandhi, made an interesting suggestion: “Rahul Gandhi should announce that he will not be a prime ministerial candidate…He should be given ideas of patronage. One should adopt it and become the protector of its ideology, its values.

Either way, the author is not supposed to be a professional critic of the Congress and Rahul Gandhi. Despite being critical of his politics, the book leaves an impression of sympathy and sympathy for the Congress leader. Srinivasaraju seemed convinced of Gandhi’s determination to re-establish the ideological direction of the Congress. In 2018, there was an interesting conversation between the two. The author told the Congress leader how he had asked a Marxist expert to explain the Bhagavad Gita in Kannada for a podcast. Their aim was to ‘make an experiment to counter other Hindutva ideas’. Gandhi was not convinced. He said, “I will tell you how to do it. The best way to combat this is to take away the article from them, make it your own… let them dance in their little forts while you build an alternate narrative. Gandhi told him, “We should quote from the Upanishads. ,

It is difficult to say how the search for an alternative narrative gave birth to the Bharat Jodo Yatra. But Srinivasaraju’s suggestion – that Gandhi should give up claim to the post of prime minister – is interesting. Not just because the Congress has a powerful alternative, but also because it has the potential to thwart the tried and tested electoral strategy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But before coming to the point, let’s look at Rahul Gandhi’s Hamletian dilemma (do, don’t) – be or not be the PM candidate, eat or not drink ‘poison’.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Hamletian Dilemma

From the time he refused to join the Manmohan Singh cabinet and later declared power to be “poison”, Rahul Gandhi has been tight-lipped about his prime ministerial ambitions. In her recently released book How Prime Ministers Decide, veteran journalist Neerja Chowdhary quotes K Natwar Singh as saying that it was Rahul’s threat to “take extreme measures” that forced Sonia Gandhi to “relinquish” the prime ministership in 2004. was forced to.

Nine years later, his power-poisoning remarks forced Congress leaders to borrow handkerchiefs to wipe their tears at an All India Congress Committee (AICC) session in Jaipur. However, by January 2014, he was reconsidering, saying that his remarks did not mean that he would be unwilling to take responsibility if the organization offered it. He has maintained a firm grip on the organization by appointing his family loyalists and stalwarts to all key posts in the party, including the Congress Working Committee (CWC). To Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in the party, she is what Sonia Gandhi was to Manmohan Singh in the affairs of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

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