Rahulâ€™s new clothes, and the naked truth In school, I remember being part of a play called â€˜The Emperorâ€™s New Clothesâ€™. The plot revolved around a king who was tricked into believing that he was wearing a special outfit when in fact he was naked. His sycophants complimented him for his wonderful choice of clothing. When the Emperor went out on the street, scared commoners praised the invisible suit. Finally, an innocent little kid screamed: â€œLook, the Emperor has no clothes!â€ The one loud sentence sent the entire town into shock. However, since it was the truth, nobody could deny it anymore. And eventually, the Emperor came back to his senses. The Congress desperately needs that kid. Someone perhaps who could stand up at an AICC national convention and shout: â€œLook! Rahul Gandhi is not working at all!â€ One can almost predict the silence in the auditorium thereafter, akin to the silence in the town square. The first reaction would be denial, or even attacking the person who said it. Better still, label this columnist elitist, biased, paid, bigoted, idiot, evil, ignorant or any other negative adjective that comes to mind. However, as the Enrique song goes â€” you can run, you can hide but you canâ€™t escape my love (in this case, the truth). This truth is particularly bitter because the Congress has little idea on how to fix the problem. As many say, if the family doesnâ€™t work, what is the Congress? Right now, the party hasnâ€™t done much besides cashing in on the Gandhi familyâ€™s legacy. In fact, it has used the family name to hide incompetence and even abused it to cover up scams. The family brand is so depleted that there isnâ€™t much legacy left anymore. The young generation doesnâ€™t know what to make of them. Should they associate the Gandhi family with sacrifice, or see them as people who keep silent and help cover up corruption? Are the Gandhis interested in making Indian lives better, or merely self-preservers? What is the answer? It is all a big confusing mess, and youngsters see no reason why the surname means the party deserves their vote. The results are there for all to see. The bigger issue is: how to restore the legacy? Well, when a legacy has been destroyed, you either restore it, or build a new one. It will serve the Congress better if it does both. One, it needs to restore the Gandhi familyâ€™s pride. For this, they have to become relevant to the times. The world has changed. The overload of media, connectivity and content means scrutiny levels are way higher than before. Integrity can no longer be feigned. Clever words or even calculated silences, if faked, backfire. Rahul doesnâ€™t have to talk about being honest and caring; he has to become honest and caring. If there is a new Rahul possible, we need to see him, and soon. Senior people need to be publicly humiliated and fired in the Congress â€” not those who lost an election, but those who destroyed the legacy. A good anti-corruption law needs to be passed, not a fake one. Rahul needs to apologize for hiding when the nation needed him. He has to show he cares for India. He has to frankly, not only become a good politician, but also a good human being. In the current climate â€” goodness is the new cool. He needs to talk, give interviews, get shamed even, but plow through it all and deliver despite that. The Gandhis of today need to own up to mess-ups and mistakes. They need to work day and night to fulfill the dreams of the youth. They have to stop raiding the state treasury to win last-minute votes. They have to become the â€˜idealsâ€™ for the nation. Are they up for it? Two, the Congress will also have to create new legacies. Power has to move to a consortium of the best performers. The family can be the moral centre, but not the power centre. Top performing CMs, MPs and ministers must get the limelight they deserve. The family should step back and highlight others. This way more Congresspersons get noticed and the party has a broader leadership. These are not easy tasks, but not impossible either. The bigger issue is does the Congress want to rebuild itself? More than anything, does the Emperor have the courage to listen to the kid who is right? Rahulâ€™s new clothes, and the naked truth by The Underage Optimist : Chetan Bhagat's blog-The Times Of India ************************************************************************************ There is no doubt that after six decades, the overworked and over hyped Nehru Gandhi name is totally jaded and requiring to be junked at the earliest if the famed Congress Party is to rejuvenate. The Indian public is no longer the village bumpkins, but is a very aware entity. Silly populist slogans no long enamours. Action does. The Congress is too tired a political party to work for the Nation, though they have shown zest and vigour to work for themselves and their cronies, throwing law and decency to the winds. The Indian public is sadly aware and no longer ready to have wool pulled over their eyes. This wholesome white falsehood of the Nehru Gandhi having sacrificed is also overworked. Nehru gave away parts of India to the neighbours and even adversary as if it were his father's ancestral property (part of Kashmir, Coco Island, Tibet, Aksai Chin, Katchacativu et al). Indian sacrificed for Nehru's personal ego! Indira Gandhi, while indeed a great leader, was killed because of dirty politics - horrid cost indeed!! Rajiv Gandhi, sadly died for his blow hot blow cool with SL. Sad, but one should not have exposed himself when he was told to take care.Some may call it sacrifice, and some may feel that it was caused by their own politics. With Vadra around and the shenanigans to 'save' him, Bofors, Sonia Gandhi declared fourth richest and abruptly removed as if the fact was never there, is hardly going to convince the Indian public that the Nehru Gandhis are honest or caring! The Gandhis are down a slippery slide and they are taking the GOP along with them, along with their sycophants. Good riddance to bad rubbish?