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For the longest time we have known Rahul Gandhi mostly through images. He was the serious faced boy standing next to his father staring at his grandmother's funeral pyre. Then we saw him as a young man at his father's funeral looking in hindsight astonishingly like a vulnerable Harry Potter with his round glasses. But the Gandhis (rightly) guarded Rahul and Priyanka's privacy fiercely while they were growing up and we knew little about them as people. Rahul's entry into the family business as the MP from Amethi, however, did not improve the state of public knowledge of the Gandhi heir apparent, who remained resolutely mum and mostly out of sight. His few forays into the spotlight -- dinners with Dalits, that lone speech in the Parliament -- were not exactly encouraging, but there was still enough room for mystery and speculation... until he stepped fully into the political fray during the elections. After months of an acrimonious electoral campaign, we now know a lot more about Rahul Gandhi -- likely more than he would prefer. Sometimes, great knowledge can be a dangerous thing, at least for the Congress party. Speech <em>thoda</em> down <em>hai</em> Dinesh Sharma is Rahul Gandhi's Number 1 fan. Rahul Gandhi hero, <em>baaki sab</em> zero is his favourite slogan. For the last two and a half years he has been going to Rahul rallies across the country dressed in Congress colours, turban and all, waving a giant flag . And he goes barefoot to the rallies. His feet are chapped, bleeding, scorched from the hot asphalt but he swore he would, as a mark of respect, not wear shoes to Rahul rallies until the elections were over. Even as the Congress clamours for Priyanka Gandhi, Dinesh remains steadfast in his support for Rahul-ji because he says Rahul <em>dil se sachcha hai</em> ( Rahul has a good heart).

For the longest time we have known Rahul Gandhi mostly through images. He was the serious faced boy standing next to his father staring at his grandmother\'s funeral pyre. Then we saw him as a young man at his father\'s funeral looking in hindsight astonishingly like a vulnerable Harry Potter with his round glasses. But the Gandhis (rightly) guarded Rahul and Priyanka\'s privacy fiercely while they were growing up and we knew little about them as people. Rahul\'s entry into the family business as the MP from Amethi, however, did not improve the state of public knowledge of the Gandhi heir apparent, who remained resolutely mum and mostly out of sight. His few forays into the spotlight -- dinners with Dalits, that lone speech in the Parliament -- were not exactly encouraging, but there was still enough room for mystery and speculation... until he stepped fully into the political fray during the elections. After months of an acrimonious electoral campaign, we now know a lot more about Rahul Gandhi -- likely more than he would prefer. Sometimes, great knowledge can be a dangerous thing, at least for the Congress party. <strong>Speech <em>thoda</em> down <em>hai</em></strong> Dinesh Sharma is Rahul Gandhi\'s Number 1 fan. Rahul Gandhi hero, <em>baaki sab</em> zero is his favourite slogan. For the last two and a half years he has been going to Rahul rallies across the country dressed in Congress colours, turban and all, waving a giant flag . And he goes barefoot to the rallies. His feet are chapped, bleeding, scorched from the hot asphalt but he swore he would, as a mark of respect, not wear shoes to Rahul rallies until the elections were over. Even as the Congress clamours for Priyanka Gandhi, Dinesh remains steadfast in his support for Rahul-ji because he says Rahul <em>dil se sachcha hai</em> ( Rahul has a good heart). [caption id=attachment_1539457 align=alignleft width=380 View full gallery