Is Rahul Gandhi the Tusshar Kapoor of Indian Politics?

  • Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 21:23
  • Published on Friday, 31 January 2014 21:55
  • Written by Punyatma Sharan, Founder/CEO - PolityIndia.Com, has a BA (Political Science) from India and MBA (Finance) from USA.

rahul gandhi1I saw Rahul Gandhi's interview with Arnab Goswami. RG came out looking very weak, ignorant and uninformed.

He talked about doing the right thing in politics and then joined hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav in Bihar who is out on bail in the fodder scam for the coming parliamentary election. What a contradiction!!! If RG is the hope of the Congress party and they expect him to be the country's PM, I have only one thing to say - The party of Nehru, Patel and Shastri has touched its nadir. The 2014 parliamentary election results would write the political obituary of the Gandhi dynasty.


The Congress party, a party which was instrumental in getting India freedom from British misrule, was involved in so many scams and which made so many mistakes that it started to give the impression that British misrule has been replaced by Congress misrule, finally did something right. They decided not to name Rahul Gandhi as the presumptive Prime Ministerial candidate of the Congress party. I do not have anything, whatsoever, against the sons and daughters of politicians getting into politics. My bone of contention is what these sons and daughters bring to the political table in terms of education, talent and their political vision. If the kids of movie stars join the industry, it does not make any difference to our polity. It is just sheer entertainment. If actor Jeetendra pushes his son Tusshar Kapoor, one of the most untalented actors in my opinion, to be an actor, it is not going to make any difference to the politics of the country. If Sonia Gandhi pushes her son Rahul Gandhi to be in political limelight because of the Gandhi name, she might be taking care of him as a mother but is doing a big disservice to the country. The responsibility is with the parents to look at their kids with an objective eye and not get blinded because of their love and affection for them. Rahul Gandhi's contribution as a politician and as a parliamentarian has been a big zero. He has shown no signs of either any intellect or political vision and initiative. It would be an understatement to say that he is the Tusshar Kapoor of Indian politics. The party tried him in UP, Bihar and four other states last month and he failed miserably. I would like those political parents who have plans for their kids to be in politics to make them ready for the job. They should not thrust them on the public. Any political position should be construed as a very serious job and not an entitlement. It entails intellect and vision and in my opinion, Rahul Gandhi lacks both. The name recognition can get him votes but the votes would not translate into vision and parliamentary talent. India is a very vibrant democracy but our rural vote bank can still get swayed by famous names and the responsibility is with the politicians not to take advantage of their name recognition. All the kids of our politicians should ask themselves the following questions:

 Am I ready for public service?
 If I am ready for public service, is getting into politics the right way to do it?
 Am I educated and intelligent enough to understand the issues?
 Can I deliver what the electorate expects of me?

If the answer to these questions is a positive yes, they should take the plunge into politics. If not, they should wait until  all the answers becomes a yes.The message sent out by the public to our politicians is very loud and clear - YOU GOT TO CHANGE OR FACE VERY SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. The politicians have to realise that they have been elected to do a job. It is a job and not an entitlement. They have been elected to GOVERN and not RULE. The public wants political substance and not political rhetoric.


This is my first article after my quintuple heart bypass surgery last month...I want to thank everyone for their emails, facebook messages and phone calls...It meant a lot to me...Thanks again.


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