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Today world saw a new side of Rahul Gandhi. Since he is a shy politician and avoids publicity, his PR was instructed not to blow the incident out of proportion. But somehow this incident has come to light and everybody is talking about it. Obviously, Rahul Gandhi is livid and has decided to fire his PR for this gaffe.

In a nutshell, the much talked about story goes like this. A young boy knocks at the window of a car in which Rahul Baba is travelling. It turns out that the young boy wants to sell Rahul Baba a newspaper. Though Rahul Baba has already read all the dailies of the day on his mini iPad, he doesn’t want to disappoint the young boy and buys a paper from him. Rahul Baba pays him 1000 rupees for a single newspaper after inquiring as to why he was not at school.

This is the story being peddled by the PR chaps hired by RG Baba. The whole world seems to have lapped it up without doubt. But insiders are miffed at what is being told to the people. The real story is totally different. All of a sudden the AC of Rahul Baba’s car broke down. Now this is the summer season. Unfortunately, the support staff had forgotten to carry tissues with which Rahul Baba could wipe his sweat beads on forehead. Suddenly, they saw this boy selling newspapers at the traffic signal.

The support staff approached the boy and purchased all his newspapers for one thousand rupees. They took those papers with the sole intention of converting them into tissues for Rahul Baba. The overzealous PR managers saw some opportunity to market the generous side of RG in this incident and rolled out a narrative depicting RG as the messiah of boys across the country selling newspapers at traffic signals.

Soon this story found many takers much to the delight of PR guys. But their joy proved to be short-lived, and; alarm bells began to ring when the news that the crew of a foreign news channel was looking for this newspaper boy for an interview reached the PR chaps. They pressed the panic button and came out with the story of this boy having been picked up for education, and; hence unavailable to appear before media.

According to sources close to Rahul Gandhi, the ministers are unhappy with these turns of the events. They know that the end is nigh and the last days in the office ought to be spent plundering the national wealth. There is no time left for them to provide education to the boy hand-picked by Baba at a traffic signal let alone arrange employment for lucky boy’s beleaguered father whose dream is to become a doctor when he grows up.

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Poor Shah Rukh Khan gets detained in the US airport and back home our publicity hungry politicians get their knickers in a twist. Whenever this happens, there is this huge media uproar that follows. The kind of prime time this story grabs in the media is an eyesore to these media savvy politicians who think it’s their birthright to be “live” on every news channels simultaneously especially during the prime time.

This is why Rahul Gandhi borrowed Shah Rukh Khan’s epic line “My Name Is Khan and I am not a terrorist” to grab some eye balls for himself. This time he didn’t consult his script writer and went hammer and tongue with the line “My name is Rahul Gandhi and I am a Brahmin” daring his detractors to oppose him. Sure enough the main opposition party of India took the bait and added fuel to the fire by trying to take potshots at this Brahmin remark of the young(?) scion of the ruling party. As soon as that happened, Rahul Gandhi began to smile to himself for luring the enemy to fall into the pit dug exclusively for them.

While the Brahmin controversy was brewing, Mamata Banerjee did her bit to take her revenge on the US authorities for having detained the Poschim Bongla Brand Ambassador Shah Rukh Khan. She did so in style. She had a cartoonist arrest for mocking at her. It was surely a case of mistaken identity. She thought the cartoonist was the cousin of the immigrant officer from the US who had detained Shah Rukh Khan. Didi was certainly looking forward to killing two birds with one stone. But the media would have none of it and insisted on reporting the arrest of the cartoonist purely on the basis of poor professor having shown disrespect to Didi in his cartoons.

Right from Shah Rukh Khan to Rahul Gandhi to Mamata Banerjee to the cartoonist received their fair share of publicity. Nobody is complaining at the way these publicity stunts turned out to be. Shah Rukh Khan keeps saying that the police of twelve countries have been on a look-out for him. Therefore, it was natural for him to get detained at the USA Airport. The students of Yale University where he was due to give a speech can certainly wait for the King Khan to appear albeit a few hours late.

Rahul Gandhi’s charisma has gone to Karishma Kapoor for brushing up. It will only come back to him before the general elections of 2014. Till such time poor scion is left with whatever famous lines from legends his mother has written in a note-book and handed him over to learn by heart. He can make a few situational changes in those lines to manufacture a controversy as this is the only way media is going to take note of him.

Mamata Banerjee has  been talking about a change for quite some time. Now the people of her state has realised what change she has been talking about. There’s nobody who can say anything slightly displeasing to Didi and get away. The law will soon catch up. Not only the police will arrest the offenders but Didi’s personal army of supporters will also rough up the offenders before the police whisk away the culprits. Keeping all these things in mind some writers and filmmakers have got busy making an epic that depicts Didi as the empress of Asia so that no harm can come their way in case she were to become the PM or the President.

Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t need any controversy to become the bigger star than he already is. It is quite unfortunate that people manufacture controversies using the King Khan’s name for their own personal gains. Last heard, SRK was contemplating applying for the patent law on controversies that are going to be generated using his own name. He and he alone will have exclusive rights on all those controversies in which the name Shah Rukh Khan appears.

The only solution to avoid publicity hungry film actors and politicians is to stay away from all this by watching IPL5 that lacks any excitement with all geriatric players participating in it. Since people take vicarious pleasure in manufacturing controversies and cracking jokes on the so-called successful people, the most sensible thing to do is forget all these controversies because we can never know which new controversy is going to pop up after every one hour.

 

How fickle-minded the cricket fans can be! The latest example is the reaction of fans at the speculation of Rahul Dravid’s impending retirement supposed to take place tomorrow. Until a fortnight ago, following India’s poor performance Down Under there was a talk of dropping seniors from the team and infusing the young blood. No sooner the news of Rahul Dravid’s press-conference tomorrow trickled in than the roumours of him going to announce his retirement began to do the rounds in the cyberspace and some sentimental fans even began to shed tears. Are these crocodile’s tears?

Rahul Dravid has been forming the backbone of the Indian batting line-up ever since his international debut. He is fondly called “The Wall” because he puts a price on his wicket and makes the bowlers toil for his wicket. He came to be known as the most dependable batsman in the world-class Indian batting line-up. He is a true genius whose exploits with the willow are going to be sorely missed when he hangs his boots. Who next after Rahul Dravid? Is Sachin Tendulkar going to take a cue? Is he going to be the next player to announce his retirement? Of late murmurs have begun calling for the maestro’s retirement and with each passing day they are only getting louder. What happens next remains to be seen.

Amidst all this there are many who have not had enough of poor Rahul Gandhi. He has become a butt of ridicule following the poor show at UP polls. Many people want Rahul Gandhi to announce retirement from active politics instead of Rahul Dravid from the international cricket. The irony is not lost on anyone. They both belong to totally different fields. Rahul Dravid has proven himself time and again by winning many games for his country under tight situations. But, unfortunately, he always had to live under Sachin Tendulkar’s shadow. He belongs to the quintessential middle-class family with strict upbringing and special thrust on education and academic achievements. For him, nothing came easily. He worked hard for everything that came his way.

This is the reason why the entire country takes pride in his success story. He always holds a special place in our hearts as the ultimate boy next door who never resorted to controversies to gain publicity and always maintained a low profile. His strong character and his flawless (read technically sound) batting inspired awe and respect even in the members of opposition teams across the world. Therefore, it is only natural when the news of such a highly accomplished living legend’s retirement leaves many a hearts broken. Nobody would mind shedding bucketful of tears at the mere thought of India taking the field without one of her key players.

Moving on to the other Rahul known as Rahul Gandhi, he was born with the silver spoon. From the day one, he is a celebrity,  a son of the ex-prime minister who got assassinated in the worst possible manner when he was barely out of his teens. He also happens to be the son of a mother who declined the post of prime minister after leading her party to a thumping victory in the 2004 general elections much to the dismay of opposition parties. From such a man when he steps into the battlefield expectations are bound to be as high as they can get. For he is someone who belongs to the dynasty with a history of ruling this country for generations.

But Rahul Gandhi is no Rahul Dravid, and politics is no cricket. Indian cricket fans are fickle minded and forgiving. They may hurl stones and burn effigies at the poor show of their idols. Very next day they tend to forget everything and begin to worship the same idols as soon as a convincing victory takes place against any opposition. Unfortunately, one cannot say the same thing about the Indian voters. They may flock to Rahul Gandhi’s election rallies and wait for hours under the sweltering sun to hear him speak. But nobody can influence their decision when it comes to casting their votes. They know what to do and how to do it.

The people of this country may cheer encouragingly when Rahul Baba is taking baby steps expecting him to grow soon and take his own decision instead of surrounding himself with the so-called experts relying heavily on the Gandhi charisma to deliver. But the same people may not hesitate to turn their faces when they realise the baby doesn’t want to grow soon and instead wants to hold her mama’s hand. This is precisely what is happening with Rahul Gandhi. He is neither a wall nor a dependable campaigner. He could never take the fight to the enemy camp to snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat for his party. Instead of carving a niche for himself, he decided to rely on age-old formulas to win the election.

Rahul Dravid never shied away from playing it straight. He rose above the occasion whenever his team demanded although he remained an unsung hero. But the other Rahul is yet to rise above the occasion. Without doing anything significant (except staying overnight in poor farmers’ huts in the presence of media), he has become the toast of this country. Now people have realised the vanity of all his acts and begun to question his credentials as the future prime-minister of India. Does he have any vision for the country he wants to lead? If yes, can he share the same with his countrymen? Whereas Rahul Dravid always had a vision for his team. The vision continued to inspire him right through his long career. One could see the determination to win at any cost in his eyes. Every time he stepped into the field, he gave out his best and made his country proud.

Needless to say it is the other Rahul who must announce his retirement tomorrow and not the Rahul Dravid who always gave tirelessly without asking for anything in return.

 

 

The results of the UP, Goa, Punjab and Manipur Assembly elections are out. Exit polls are proven wrong. Results are unexpected. Those who were supposed to emerge winners have emerged losers and those who were supposed to lose have walked away with all the glory. The voters are the winners because they know who to elect. The democracy is the winner because in a democratic set-up the voters have options to boot out the non-performers via electoral rout. The political parties are the winners because they talked about development instead of divisive politics and that’s the reason why they’ve done so well. Those who tried to polarize voters along the religion or caste lines have received a telling reply from the voters of India.

In a nutshell, everybody is a winner. The analysts are too confused at the moment and therefore, they have decided to confuse those who care to listen to them. As a result, nobody is getting the clear picture. The scenario of gloom and doom is prevalent. How can all the stake holders be the winners? If everybody is the winner (as they would like us to believe), where have the losers gone?

Now when stakes are as high as this, there are bound to emerge heroes and villains. All eyes are on the Generation Next to lead the country. Many young leaders from well-known dynasties were looking to make their mark. Some have succeeded and while others have failed miserably. Again the so-called pundits have heralded the dawn of a new era with the rise of young leaders like Akhilesh Yadav of SP. It is believed that it is he who has led the party to victory, and, the expectations from him to deliver are sky-high.

It remains to be seen how long this initial euphoria lasts. After every election the new governments get formed riding on the popularity wave. Six months into the governance people who have elected them to power realise the more things have changed, the more they have remained the same. The disappoint sets in paving the way for much-talked anti-incumbency factor.

Coming to the villain of this star-studded magnum opus, Rahul Gandhi has become the favourite whipping boy of the entire nation. This has got to do with the manner in which some of the senior Congress leaders chose to defend this poor show even before the results were out. This type of blatant cronyism enraged the people of this country. Attempts are always on to project Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister of this country. He decided to take the bull by its horns by exclusively campaigning in the poll-bound UP state visiting each and every constituency and urging the voters to vote for his party.

When so much of efforts and time have gone into making UP a Congress bastion by unleashing the prince himself, will it not raise eyebrows when the so-called pillars of this grand old party play down the aggressive campaigning undertaken by the future Prime Minister himself? Why are they over-protecting the Prince Charming whose charm is yet to work? Where’s Rahul Gandhi aka Rahul Baba’s much talked about magic? The voters are not fool. They know what UPA-II has been up to. Announcing  sops disguised as various quotas are not enough to gain votes is evident from the voting pattern. One can see the deep wrinkles on Rahul Baba’s forehead who doesn’t seem destined to have it as easy as his late father.

The way forward for the Congress Party and the PM aspirant is not to rely upon the expert advice of Diggi Bhaiya and other oldies who have been shooting from the mouths and coming out with contradictory statements which only leave the party embarrassed. The party is clearly bereft of innovative ideas and seems out of touch with the ground realities. This is perhaps why many feel that the arrogance of Congress did the party in. Local parties put up a far better show at the hustings proves that leaders from Delhi have failed to win the trust of locals. Even the BJP’s loss of Ayodhya seat is a clear indication of the direction in which the wind is blowing. Whether this mandate is going to put an end to communal politics remains to be seen.

The General Elections are not very far. This performance is bound to give sleepless nights to Rahul Baba. His ambition to become the PM has clearly hit the road-block this time around. Will 2014 be any better? Akhilesh Yadav beat him at his own game. The battle ahead appears to be far tougher with Narendra Modi straining at the leash to make a go for the premier post. Is Rahul Baba ready? If not, then he should take some tips from some wise old man who can drill into his head that the surname Gandhi is not enough, the country is in search of a tall leader who can make all the problems disappear with a magic wand. Had surnames been that important, Poor Abhishek Bachchan would have become the undisputed king by now. If only this mandate could deliver the desired massage to the man who has come under so much flak for his party’s no show.

 


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