by Pranbihanga Borpuzari
The buzz in political circles of late has been on the role Rahul Gandhi will play in Indian politics, his party and government. For many who believe that the 42-year-old will be the face of the Congress in the 2014 general elections, it certainly would be a tough task.
“He is very analytical. He says Sam, I have all the time, why hurry? His is always thinking, analysing, working, and learning. We spent three days recently working together in Amethi and I like him as a person. But he is going to have a tough time because the world around him has changed,” says Sam Pitroda, long-time friend of the Gandhis and chairman of the National Innovation Council.
Since the beginning of UPA II there has been a build up and an expectation on Rahul Gandhi creating his magic, both within the party and within government, but it has not happened. Often described as reticent, Rahul’s lack of opinion on most matters is seen as political naivete. This has led many to question if Rahul is fit for the tumultuous life in politics at all.
“Growing up in that environment where his destiny is locked in and you have no options. You cannot say you want to be an engineer or do something else. Being born in that family where your grandmother and father were killed, growing up with security all around you, your destiny is sealed,” says Pitroda.
The Gandhi scion has often been found wanting and there are serious doubts being raised both within Congress and outside on his ability to be Prime Minister of the country.
Pitroda, whose proximity to the Gandhi family is well known, however, feels such questions are unwarranted. “No one is qualified for the job. When Rajiv became the prime minister he was not qualified for the job. Indira Gandhi was not qualified for the job but you grow in it and you learn. As long as you are sincere about it people will come to help you out. We are a country of 1.2 billion and there are lots of people to give you a helping hand. I am very hopeful but only time will tell,” Pitroda says.
The writer works for Entrepreneur magazine, a part of Network 18.