‘The Economist’ questions Rahul Gandhi’s Political Credentials


TNI Bureau: Seems like, the foreign media is also playing a key role to spread anti-Congress feeling among the people. After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was criticised by the Washington Post, which described him as a ‘tragic figure’, now it is Congress heir Rahul Gandhi’s turn.

The western media did not spare a chance to criticise Dr Singh and now the Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul is under their scrutiny.

‘The Economist’, the leading British magazine, in an article titled ‘The Rahul Problem’ has doubted Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s credentials as a politician.

The magazine questions “what is the point of Rahul Gandhi” and says that the Congress’s “prince in waiting has not shown any hunger for the job”.

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“What is the point of Rahul Gandhi? The 42-year-old scion of the Gandhi dynasty, which has long dominated India’s ruling party, is still the most plausible prime ministerial candidate for Congress at the looming 2014 election. In advance of that, possibly within weeks, he may get some new party post (some talk of a “vice presidency”) or possibly a government job (as rural affairs minister, perhaps?). A cabinet reshuffle is awaited, with the washed-out monsoon session of parliament swirling down the drain,” the report says.

The report suspects Rahul’s ability to perform his role if he would be given the post of Prime Minister of the country.

However, reacting to the report, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that there was a need for Indians to get liberated from the “spectre of mental colonialism”.

He questioned the report as same thing has been written in the articles published in the Washington Post against Dr Singh.

This is the third time Congress came under attack of the western media following a report published in Time magazine, which described Dr Singh as an ‘underachiever’. Later, the Washington Post called him a ‘tragic figure’.

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