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Rahul Gandhi’s election pitch is a broken record

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Anant Chetan
Anant Chetan
An aficionado blogger and an engineer by profession. By qualifications, a Masters in Embedded System Design.

The world changed drastically or rather dramatically in the last five years. Several mutually exclusive events lead to a domino of change hurling the mankind to witness a world which was unimaginable just five years ago.

Work from home isn’t luxury or privilege any more, hybrid way of working is the new work order. 80 crore people receiving free ration through out the year is not a figment of imagination anymore. Its as real as it can be. Life without e-commerce, e-shopping is unthinkable. Covid made sure everyone make peace with Artificial Intelligence asserting its presence at every turn in life. Even the underprivileged don’t shy away from QR codes anymore. Brexit along with the Russia Ukraine conflict/war made irreversible socio-politico-economic changes in the world; setting a new world order. Economies of the European countries along with Britain are crumbling like never before. There are nation wide protests, strikes, supply shortages and what not. Governments and Prime Ministers are behaving like butterflies.


somethings never change!

Rahul Gandhi’s Election Pitch is one such thing.

After 2014 and 2019, 2024 is the third General Election that Mr. Rahul Gandhi is pitching for, with the exact same script.

You pick up any speech-lecture-interaction of Rahul Gandhi for this matter, you will find him saying these six SEO friendly verbatims:

Democracy in India is either dying or in danger or is already dead

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the RSS is an evil divisive force

He is a Gandhi, a victim of violence and a compassionate listener. (the Gandhi-ness)

Modi/BJP supports and promotes Crony Capitalism

We need to empower women and youth

Systems and Processes need to be re-defined

That is it. Rest everything in his interviews-speech-lectures is a philosophical gyan, stories, epilogue, prologue leading to and re-enforcing these six points.

As a matter of fact, Rahul Gandhi, in his 2023 lecture in Cambridge as an alumni of Cambridge Judge Business School made an exact replica of SEO vocabulary he used five years ago in his 2018 lecture in Hamburg, Germany as an alumni of Bucerious Summer School. In fact, these lectures are in line with what he said ten years ago in his 2013 interview with Arnab Goswami that went viral for a variety of reasons. Do you remember Frankly Speaking with Rahul Gandhi?

This time he used his “aadha-bharat jodo yaatra” as a prop to put forth his six points. (aadha (half) because the rally roughly covered 14 states; what about the other 14 states? Are they not Bharat?)

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For example, this time it was his aadha-bharat jodo yatra where his knee pain shut him and made him to listen to others. A girl walked up to him and told him she was gang-raped, she did not want him to call the cops because she would be shamed. What does Rahul Gandhi do? He listens; shows compassion and thinks if he became the prime minister he would empower women of the country (Points 3 and 5 covered). Don’t forget, one of the reasons his 2013 interview with Arnab went viral was him saying “Empower Women” for every other question thrown at him.

Last time in Hamburg, he recited his experience with his father’s assassins. His anger had vanished and compassion took anger’s place in his heart. He listened to what she was saying. (Point 3 again) He reminded the audience about his gandhi-ness; his grandmother was assassinated; his father was assassinated; his family has sacrificed a lot for the nation. So he understands violence very well. This time by comparing his Aadha-Bharat Jodo Yatara to Gandhi’s Dandi March, he aptly invoked his gandhi-ness once again; he is indeed a proud dynast.

This isn’t all for listening and compassion, when his Aadha-Bharat Jodo Yatara reached Kashmir, he listened to the militants with all his heart and that’s why they didn’t do anything to him (re-enforcing point 3 once again). I wonder, if government of India should send him as a delegate to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir just to listen to the militants there or maybe to Aksai Chin; maybe the map of Kashmir becomes a complete crown again.

For his point 4, its Adani and the Airports this time. Last time it was Ambani and Rafale! If I am not mistaken he was made to apologize after the court case. Maybe that’s why he hasn’t said “Chowkidar Chor Hai” this time! But you never know, still a year to go.

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For his points 1 and 6, this time he went global, drew interesting America vs China comparisons (Two divergent ideas) including the development models in the two countries. Innovation in the US vs emerging as a result of processes in China. I will be writing a separate article on these comparisons he made; including the curbside check-in feature he pointed out. I think his arguments, analogies and comparisons were not only flawed but also showed his compromised integrity when it comes to Intellectual Property Rights.

Quite interestingly, he brought this point 6 for redefining Systems and Process in his 2013 interview with Arnab Goswami even after being in power for past ten years.

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RSS, has been a constant punching bag for him and his party since eternity. This time RSS is like Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. One time Digvijay Singh tried to blame RSS for 26/11 Mumbai Terror attack at a book launch; at some other time RSS was held responsible for Malegaon blasts.

The point I am trying to make is simple and straightforward, if the world let alone India has completely changed and continues to change at unprecedented pace, how can anyone expect to win an election by running an old, stale and stagnant election campaign?

It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

Darwin’s Origin of Species

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Anant Chetan
Anant Chetan
An aficionado blogger and an engineer by profession. By qualifications, a Masters in Embedded System Design.
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