oppn parties Rahul Gandhi: Not Being An Effective Leader

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  • University vice-chancellors in West Bengal decide not to hold final-year examinations despite UGC prod, will instead go by the state government advised 80-20 formula where 80% will be marked on performance in past semesters and 20% on internal assessments in the final semester
  • The Centre wants the ITI and other top Indian firms to bid for 5G as Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE are not likely to be allowed to participate
  • India and China agree on total disengagement to return to peace ahead of the next round of military talks
  • The Supreme Court allows delivery of summons and notices via WhatsApp and email, but questions remain on proof of actual receipt
  • National Investigation Agency says the proceeds from the Kerala gold smuggling case could have been used for terrorist activities
  • Four Maoists shot dead in Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar
  • Despite localized lockdown, Covid cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in West Bengal. Newer areas brought under containment zones in Kolkata
  • ICSE, ISC results declared, Average scores in the English paper, 20% lower this year than the average in most years, pulls down the aggregate for most candidates
  • IIP contracts by 35% in May. Manufacturing goes down by 39.3%
  • Row erupts over CBSE's decision to reduce the syllabus by 30% this academic year due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Experts say several lessons that the ruling dispensation does not like are being removed
  • Gangster Vikas Dubey's nephew killed in an encounter by UP police who also pick up his key aide Raju Khullar and his son Adarsh
  • MHA sets up an inter-ministerial committee to probe the alleged financial misdeeds of three trusts linked to the Gandhi family
  • Actor Jagdeep, most famous for his Soorma Bhopali act in Sholay, passes away
  • Pakistan says Kulbhushan Jadhav has declined to file a review petition and will stick to his mercy plea. India calls it a farce
  • India to keep a strict vigil to confirm that the Chinese are abiding by the deal on the pullback at the LAC
The plot thickens in Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot removed as deputy chief minister and PCC chief. His loyalists dropped as ministers.
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Rahul Gandhi: Not Being An Effective Leader

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2019-03-14 16:48:37

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
A heightened sense of self-importance and maybe wrong advisors are pushing Rahul Gandhi back to his Pappu days. Maybe he is not as ignorant as he was then, but the way he is going about his business now, it shows that he is trying to be a wise guy without giving a damn about the consequences. He has allowed the BJP to lead him on and now that he has fallen into their trap of concentrating all his energies on Rafale and the surgical strikes, he finds that it is difficult to bring the debate back to the failings of the NDA government.

Take his continuous babble about the Rafale deal. The last straw was when he commented that Anil Ambani cannot even make a paper plane. Rahul should now that investors and industrialists are seldom expected to themselves make things they invest in. Investors seek opportunities and then create the infrastructure to produce things that will give them a fair return. So why make a crass comment like that? Rahul is aiming to be the prime minister. Does he know how to read economic charts, for instance? Obviously not. He has advisors who will explain things to him. Similarly, industrialists employ engineers who get the work done.

Next, take his comment that Modi is weak and is afraid of the Chinese President Xi Jinping. He made this comment because China blocked UN efforts to ban Masood Azhar for the fourth time. By that token, the Presidents and Prime Ministers of all the other permanent members of the UN Security Council – France, US, UK and Russia – are weaker and more scared of Xi. Really, Rahul’s Modi phobia is making him utter words he might regret later.

Then, take his ‘grand’ announcement of reserving 33% government jobs for women. When the BJP had announced 10% quota for the economically weak upper castes, the Congress party had said that it was illegal as it would exceed the 50% limit for quotas set by the Supreme Court. It also said that jobs are not being created so what is the use of more quotas. Where then is he going to find 33% for women and how will it be not illegal and in violation of the Supreme Court limit?

Rahul Gandhi is single-handedly ensuring that the BJP gets away from the tight corner it was finding itself in some months ago by not entering into any meaningful alliances. While the SP-BSP combine has spurned him repeatedly, he has spurned the AAP. If he thinks that Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will vote for the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections, he is mistaken. As it is, the assembly elections did not give his party a thumping mandate; they just about managed to cross the line. In the Lok Sabha elections, the picture might change completely. His reactions to the Balakot strikes have also been puzzling, to say the least.

All this shows that after a period of sanity, Rahul Gandhi is slipping back to his old ways. That this is happening just before the big elections is going to hurt the Congress hard. Maybe that is why apart from MK Stalin of the DMK, no opposition leader is willing to accept him as the leader of the united opposition.