Prince is pwned, and how!

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  1. S.A.T.A

    S.A.T.A Senior Member Senior Member

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    Prince is pwned, and how!

    Kanchan Gupta


    To distract himself from the Congress’s miserable performance in the Bihar Assembly election despite his energetic campaign of slander and calumny, Mr Rahul Gandhi went on a three-city tour of Gujarat last Friday. But if he was looking forward to hordes of fawning supplicants gathering at Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Rajkot to pay homage to their Prince and swear undying loyalty to the Dynasty, he was in for a rude surprise. In each city he was baldly told by brash youngsters about Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda and how it had placed Gujarat on the fast track to rapid growth. So why was he cavilling against the man to whom credit goes for fashioning the model for effective governance? In Ahmedabad a young girl, disregarding the heir apparent’s exalted status, got into an argument with him. “I challenge you to name Congress leaders who can measure up to Narendra Modi on development work,” she tauntingly asked Mr Rahul Gandhi. Obviously India’s middle-aged Prince who fervently hopes the septuagenarian Regent will one day step aside to let him sit on the masnad of Delhi and not do unto him what the Queen has done unto Prince Charles, did not take kindly to such harangue. And so he snapped at those dazzled by Mr Narendra Modi’s ‘minimum Government, maximum governance’ agenda: “Mao also developed China but he caused destruction to the country too.” The feisty young student, refusing to be put down by the Prince’s snub, retorted: “You are referring to the Gujarat riots. Both Muslims and Hindus died in that violence.” Stunned that a commoner should have the temerity to call the bluff of the scion of the Dynasty, he walked out of the meeting, muttering something to the effect that he was “getting late”. We don’t know what transpired after that, but a fair guess would be the youngsters burst into raucous laughter and reached for their cell phones to text the story of how they had lyk, pwned da Prince. (No, the words are not misspelt; to learn what they mean, and to be uber cool, look up the Urban Dictionary. I am learning.)

    This is not the first time that Mr Rahul Gandhi, the great hope of the Congress and therefore of the country, has had to face a rough time while playing evangelist. Earlier this year, on February 2, the Congress general secretary who can do no wrong and whose dismal failure is the stuff of which grand political triumph is constructed, had to offer a grovelling apology to the students of Lalit Narayan Mithila University at Darbhanga in Bihar after bad-mouthing Gujarat and Mr Narendra Modi. Addressing the students at the start of what the party faithful had billed as a two-day visit to the State to “shore up support for the Congress”, the Prince thundered: “For India to be changed (presumably into the bhooka-nanga Bharat of his dreams) Gujarat needs to be changed first.” All hell broke loose in the hall as outraged students turned on him with remarkable ferocity. “This meeting is not a platform for making political statements,” one of them shouted. Another student caustically asked, “What about the condition of Bihari youth in Congress-ruled Maharashtra and even under the Central rule of your party?” A third demanded, “Why are you involving Gujarat here?” A visibly rattled Rahul Gandhi sought to pacify the angry students, saying it was “just a slip of the tongue” and that he meant to say “For India to be changed, Bihar needs to be changed first.” That was an unambiguous statement: Bihar needs to get rid of the JD(U)-BJP alliance in power. It only served to make the students see red and bedlam followed. The Prince had to virtually flee the venue. That evening, news channels, including the ever-so-loyal NDTV and CNN-IBN, showed footage of the meeting released by the Congress in which the Prince was seen boldly denouncing Gujarat and by implication Mr Narendra Modi, with anchors approvingly nodding their heads. The rest of the tape had been carefully sliced off. To the horror of the Congress and its publicists, the full tape surfaced on YouTube, where it still exists.

    But let’s get back to the Bihar Assembly election and the massive mandate for the JD(U)-BJP alliance which has swept the polls, demolishing both ‘secular’ foes and ‘secular’ myths. The RJD’s decimation — Ms Rabri Devi was booted out of Raghopur by her kinsmen and lost in the other Yadav-dominated ‘safe’ seat she contested too — and Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav’s subsequent redundancy in Bihar politics were not entirely unexpected. Nor did anybody seriously expect Mr Ram Vilas Paswan to be sworn in as Chief Minister with an Osama bin Laden lookalike as his deputy. What, however, has come as a stunner is the rout of the Congress: Not only has the party managed to halve the seats it held in the last Assembly, it has also lost votes across the State. The bulk of the Congress’s candidates had been carefully hand-picked under the supervision of the Prince if not by him and if Akbar Road gossip is to be believed each of them was paid a fortune towards election expenses. Mr Rahul Gandhi, sleeves rolled, led the Congress’s campaign from the front with Ms Sonia Gandhi providing him with covering fire. He addressed 19 “mammoth” rallies covering more than a hundred constituencies. And his recurring refrain was that the JD(U)-BJP Government had squandered all the money given by New Delhi instead of putting Bihar on the path of development. People gawked at his helicopter and baulked at his bare-faced lie. And voted with their feet.

    Meanwhile, in the studios of news channels in Delhi, disbelief and horror ran high as the enormity of the Congress’s defeat emerged the day the results were declared. As my friend on Twitter @zenrainman tweeted, anchors and ‘experts’ desperately looked for “the dark lining to the silver cloud”. When they couldn’t find it, they came up with the startling suggestion that this was the BJP’s opportunity to disown its own and embrace Mr Nitish Kumar as the NDA’s choice for the Prime Minister’s job. The Delhi commentariat, in its profound wisdom, believes that a national party should concede the top job to a regional ally to prove its ‘secular’ credentials. Sophists pompously declared it was the BJP’s Clause IV moment. Nobody spoke of how Mr Nitish Kumar, for all his dislike of Mr Narendra Modi, has adopted the Modi Model of good governance and tough administration; how path-breaking schemes introduced in Gujarat have been adapted in Bihar; how he has tapped ‘Bihari pride’ to his advantage; and, how he has fashioned himself as Bihar’s sole leader after the leader the secularists love to hate.

    India deserves far better than a Regent who prefers silence over staunching corruption and under whose watch the country has been looted and sacked again and again. India definitely does not deserve a Prince who wants to recast the country as bhooka-nanga Bharat where Government will be an aid handout agency dependent on foreign donors. India deserves a leader who can make Indians, irrespective of faith, community and caste, proud of their ability to scale new heights of achievement. And that leader is Mr Narendra Modi. If there has been a seismic change in political discourse and the crafting of a political agenda that focuses on governance and delivery, the credit goes to him. Call him ‘Maodi’ if you must, but don’t grudge him his due.
     
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    This prince and other adjectives used are the medias creation. I dont think Rahul Gandhi has called himself the crown prince nor his mother asked for the people to call her Queen, Rajmata or anything else.
    What they are doing is what any politician tries to do. When has any opposition ever said that the ruling party has done a good job? Lalu called Nitish's govt has given "Kushashan" in Bihar when the entire Bihar and the nation knows that Nitish has done a great job.
    So there was nothing wrong in Rahul criticizing the Gujarat Govt or Bihar govt as thats his job. His party is in the opposition and wants to get to power and they will try to use every mean possible to do it including indulge in slander. Thats what politics of India is all about, rather was as people of India have realized that development is the only mantra and the rest will be shown the boot.
    Really hate this name calling by people. But then thats the media these days. They have to sell.
     
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    The Mao of Gujarat

    The Mao of Gujarat

    M J Akbar

    The unnamed young students of Ahmedabad who had a question or two for Rahul Gandhi this week were pertinent, not pert. They also provided more evidence that students are doing the job that journalists either cannot, or will not, do; which is, ask relevant questions. In this case, media was prevented from reporting the event, so journalists can't be faulted, and we know what happened thanks only to an enterprising reporter from the Times of India who had a source inside the hall.

    The essence was simple and the same: students wanted to know why they should vote for the Congress when Narendra Modi had developed Gujarat so much. One answer given by Rahul Gandhi was odd, to say the very least. Mao Zedong, said Rahul Gandhi, also developed China but "he caused destruction to the country, too". I am not too sure whether Narendra Modi would mind being compared to one of the great figures of the twentieth century, warts and all. Rahul Gandhi probably gets his views on history from some briefing by a young and fresh associate, but he could have checked with the Chinese. They have moved on from Mao, just as India and the Congress have moved on from Mahatma Gandhi, but China still reveres the leader of the Long March as the leader who laid the foundations of China's economic miracle. Mao's portrait dominates Tienmien Square as well as the nation's banknotes. If Modi can become the second Gujarati to have his picture on the Indian rupee, he will consider his life well spent. Chairman Modi has quite a nice ring to it as well, although Modi would be going too far if he published a little red book packed with his quotable quotes and asked millions of young people to wave it in unison during a cultural revolution.

    A young girl was sharper in her question. She asked which Congress leaders could measure up to Modi on the development matrix. Rahul Gandhi had four names on the tip of his tongue: Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and A.K. Antony. It is interesting that three of the four did not contest the Lok Sabha elections, and the voters in Chidambaram's own constituency had such a poor view of his development capabilities that he was declared defeated before he was declared elected in the 2009 general elections. It would be interesting if Jairam Ramesh could find a constituency from where he could get elected on a development platform, but his ministry does take its priority cues from Rahul Gandhi's travel plans. What is definitely interesting is that the finance minister of India, Pranab Mukherjee, does not figure in Rahul Gandhi's list of heroes, either in development or honesty. The two lists are, in fact, similar, because Rahul thought that the three most incorruptible ministers were also the PM, Antony and Chidambaram. He did not however consider Jairam Ramesh worthy of a position in the honest brigade. Poor Jairam. Or, one wonders, is it more appropriate to say, rich Jairam?

    One doubts if the people will give too much credence to such certificates from the Prime Minister-in-waiting, but the large tribe of Rahul-watchers in Delhi must have already done an instant calculus, shifted positions on the pecking order and altered levels of homage. The big winners are obviously Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh; the first jumps to the top of seniors, and the second takes pole position on the second tier. The certificate slates them as stars of Rahul's first Cabinet, whenever or if ever that comes about, so now you know who to call if you want anything done.

    The Ahmedabad students did not get into a critique of the heir's remarks, but they did press on about Modi. Why was Rahul denying Modi credit for Gujarat's development? He had caused "some issues" replied Rahul Gandhi. Did he mean riots? At this point the story takes a curious turn. This was where Rahul Gandhi could have departed from fudge and become forthright. Instead, says the report, "the Congress leader refused to engage further and walked out saying he was getting late". Perhaps he was only getting restive. Rahul Gandhi had found out what Barack Obama discovered when he met Mumbai students at St Xavier's College. It is easier to field questions from journalists than students. But that does not explain why he was evasive at the end. The students were more specific and forthright than him. It must be a recurrence of the old Congress disease, trying to play both sides against the middle.

    Those who take the young for granted do not understand the young. They like cosmetics, but they never confuse make-up with the face.
     
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    A prince is one who is born to rule the country. he become candidate to throne even before he comes to the earth. Same is case with our Rajkunwar . he need not prove anything to anyone Gaddi of congress and country will be his irrespective of his work towards party or country.If he becomes congress president and later PM its nothing due to his political charisma, its only because he is a Gandhi family member. all his achievements are carefully choreographed and scripted to fool the people. Fact is that Priyanka was much more deserving candidate than him.
     
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    most internetwallahs in the 15-35 age group seem to have a distaste for congress
     
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    That clearly shows his IQ . Jairam ramesh and AK Antony. At least Sheila dikshit name should have been there . Though development in Delhi is all due to central government money.
     
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    Its because they know importance of development . They are well aware of divisive policy of Congress. How long they can fool us with their divide and rule policy?
     
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    As long as people are uneducated,have a narrow mindset,think in narrow terms rather than in national terms,when we homogenize a bit more and people become more internet savvy
     
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    sometimes diversity seems to be a liability to india
     
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    Everyone has dreams. Everyone wants to make it big. Get to a big post. Human tendency. Narendra Modi too hinted at wanting to become the PM mid way of the election campaign during the last elections. Lalu wants to become too. And this whole talk of dynasty or inheritance has been happening since humans came. Baton passes from father to son and thereafter. People like to keep it that way. Yes we have moved from being monarchies to democracy but we have not changed from being humans to something else. So the mentality remains. Everyone wants their sons/daughter to inherit. It happens in all businesses. I joined my dad in business and then would want my son to join me. Whats wrong? All human tendencies. Whether you hate someone love someone is individual choice.
     
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    Shash, its amply proven that no party is different. All politicians are the same. Power at all costs. Divide and rule is an age old phenomenon and nothing new. Everyone does it. Its for the people to decide which is the lesser evil.
     
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    You are absolutely correct yusuf bhai . Hamam me sab nange hain .All I hate about congress is that they portray as saint whose only aim is welfare of country which is not truth. In India or any democracy its always the choice of lesser devil . Only question is who is lesser devil?
     
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    The Congress Party, which spearheaded our Independence struggle, was a shining example of democracy.

    Even with an undisputed leader in the form of Jawaharlal Nehru, the States had their own leaders and mechanism and there was none of this ‘High Command’ awe and fury that is evident today.

    It is Indira Gandhi, otherwise India’s tallest PM and a go getter, who in her paranoia (she saw a foreign hand in everything) brought in sycophancy and total loyalty to the Leader. The rot set it. It continued to decline and has come to this state of affairs, where none in the Congress can think beyond the Dynasty.

    It is insulting to believe that Rahul Gandhi is so brilliant that he overshadows all Congressmen, as if they are a bunch of novices and cretins with vacuum between their ears! I am astounded at the manner in which men, as old as me, and with years of political experience and administration, kowtow and talk with awe inspired bated breath when they talk of Rahul Gandhi! As if, this fellow is the Second Coming of Christ! To imagine Moily (of the infamous ‘Moily tapes’), Diggy Raja and other stalwarts paralysed in awe when eulogising pedantic activities of Rahul Gandhi as earth shattering is embarrassing, to say the least.

    That this siphahi has been all bluff and bluster is so evident. His media management to project him as the Messiah of the Youth, who is out to right the wrongs, proved a total fiasco in Bihar, notwithstanding the tour de force the Congress and the media wanted India to believe.

    He can tour all corners of India, but the message is clear – cut out the gab and get on with the order! Indians have had enough of political verbiage and hot air. Indians want action and development. Our own Forum indicates the aspirations Indians have for India. They too are restless and are not ready to be hoodwinked by slick snake oil salemans talk; and that encompasses the total spectrum of all political parties.

    It is time, intra party democracy prevails and worthy leaders are thrown up to take up the challenge.

    As far as calling names is concerned, it has become a fashion - Rajmata, Yuvraj, Maut ke Saudagar, Maodi. It is disgraceful and I would not be surprised if some may after the scams feel that the Mafia has invaded. To me, all this makes Indian politicians a deplorable class with no proper grooming.
     
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    People want development instead of dialogues . Modi may be evil but he is successful in giving basic necessasity to people. ie roti kapra aur makan. Rahuls empty speeches will not work anymore he needs to deliver and problem is that he cannot deliver . Development cannot be scripted like his speeches.

    Irony is that college is named on Late LN Mishra. same person murdered by Indira Gandhi as he refused to obey her .
     
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    I take strong exception to the "Undisputed Leader" term being associated with Jawaharlal Nehru as according to History, he was not the elected candidate of the Congress inter-party election before Independence. Out of the initial 16 states making up the Indian Union, 13 voted for Sardar Patel, that lion of a man. Then there is the Subhash Bose situation which is a sensitive subject till date and the role of Nehru is much criticized bordering on being anti-national. Gandhiji asked Sardar Patel to step down in favor of Nehru as he was afraid of Patel's hard-line stance on many matters. But there is no doubt that Nehru was a visionary but he was a failure in foreign policy as well as economic policy including setting up of the license raj. But institutions like IITs and IIMs bear his vision and his mark on Indian history has been recorded.

    Even after independence Sardar and Nehru continue to have their differences. Sardar Patel died leaving Nehru as the undisputed leader in Congress and Nehru from that time being till his death failed to address the issue of dynastic politics within Congress as he continuously promoted Indira.

    Rahul being a Gandhi is not a Gandhian nor is he a tough nut like his grandmother. He is still in the process of finding himself. We can talk about him when he finds himself. :emot15:
     
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    While it might be unfair to describe this exercise in engaging Ahmadabad students by Rahul Gandhi as somehow inspired by President Obama's similar undertaking in Mumbai a few weeks back,but Rahul's botched exercise and Obama's Mumbai efforts which won him plaudits,should dispel any such doubts.In all fairness to Rahul he has amply proved it in the past too that he does not have the gift of natural wit or grounded intellect to extricate himself when put under tight scrutiny(apart from the usual silence accompanied by a smirk)

    What does not come naturally can also learnt and this were Congress must devote a large proportion of its attention towards, while its busy grooming Rahul for the Congress throne.Rahul also needs to learn the art of separating politics from statesmanship.When the students where trying to get a political statement out of him,instead of treading carefully Rahul plunged head on into the now familiar terrain of 'slip of tongue'.The 'prince still needs a lot of grooming
     
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    What Rahul Gandhi has done for the country?? Instead he is a big liability in terms of amount of money is being spent on his image building, media publicity & in other tantrums. He has no right to comment on a successful Chief Minister of Gujarat, who is democratically re-elected by the citizens. Mr. Modi is in power because of his good work, vision and leadership to realize the vision of developed state of Gujarat. Most of humans are evil in each other's eyes. If the evil brings welfare ,security, development, litracy,health, girl child protection & welfare, employment , good standard of living & sense of pride among the citizen then Modi is no evil , infact the kind of, those who has named him so.

    Sonia is the worst thing happened to Indian democracy and legacy shall be followed by Rahul. They are happening because of Indian people's mind set of being ruled by others rather be part of it, as in democracy.

    Practically India is not a democratic state. Beacause of the prejudice of Indian masses of RAJTANTRA.
     
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    He does excellently right when putting his foot in his mouth is involved.
     
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