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On the eve of his decision to take over as party president, Rahul seems to have benefitted doubly by joining the game of image-making

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It is heartening that after the longest-ever political apprenticeship, has been sworn in as the 87th president of the The fifth member of the Nehru-dynasty is taking over the reins of the grand old party from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who led it admirably for 19 long years. bashers may welcome his coronation, but to his well-wishers, the timing has been impeccable.

It is widely expected that he would begin his presidency with two defeats (Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh), as suggested by the exit polls. But political pundits believe he has now become like pure gold because for the past five years the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass and their core strategists have not only been targeting his every move and they successfully built an image of Rahul showing him as a weakling and non-entity. It shows they are worried by the response to him, particularly from the youth of Gujarat. On the eve of his decision to take over as party president, Rahul seems to have benefitted doubly — by joining the game of image-making but, at the same time, being in the limelight thanks to the desperation of his detractors led by Prime Minister As a president of the largest democracy’s grand old party, he should think over former US President Dwight D Eisenhower’s advice: “A leader must take complete responsibility for what the subordinate does — leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that gives wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” Also, one hopes Rahul would not fall in the trap of BJP’s abuse.


Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee Faridabad can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to: The Editor, Business Standard Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg New Delhi 110 002 Fax: (011) 23720201 • E-mail: letters@bsmail.in All must have a postal address and telephone number

First Published: Sun, December 17 2017. 22:38 IST
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