India is slated to become the world’s youngest nation by 2020. The UN (UNFPA State of the World’s Population report) says 356 million (28%) of its population is in 15-24 age-group, largest in the world.

Census of India says around 48% India’s population is below 21.

65% of India’s population is below 35.

While writing this, India’s population is over 1.25 billion, world’s second most populous nation after China, and projected to take over China by 2050.

A report by the US (Special 301 Report for 2015) says India’s internet base is projected to be of 370 million users by this year end, the second largest in the world. The report says 213 users will be using mobile internet by this June.

India’s teledensity is around 100 crores (1000 million). Lowering of smartphone prices has quickened the spread of mobile internet in India, already large enough, especially among the youth and working-age population.

The world’s second largest telecom network is India now.

And it is projected to be the world’s fastest growing economy, overtaking the growth rate of China.

That would be in Rahul Gandhi’s mind when his office joined Twitter yesterday. But a Twitter handle @RahulGandhi or a similar one would be far better than @OfficeOfRG.

It may be a personal decision by a politician who is trying to be more aggressive in national politics after returning from his leave of absence.

And as he has had not any social media presence so far, he would have thought to test the waters first with @OfficeOfRG. Rahul has been a favourite social media trend so far, especially for jokes.

Even if not in his name, it is expected from Rahul Gandhi that he will take this initiative seriously. After all, voters, too, come from this working-age population.

The lack of action so far, on day-1 and day-2 can have their own benefits of doubt and we should be ready to give that.

Day-1 was about ‘waiting for Twitter authentication’ and day-2 may be about the first day of activity, with three tweets so far, with the latest one nine hours ago. Hope, the initiative will see more and robust action from day-3 onwards.

If he has to take on the government, if he has to target Narendra Modi, there are more than enough issues in Indian politics to write about, to take care of.

It is all about going beyond the symbolic representations this time, of a hand, of hands and of Robert Vadra.

Rahul Gandhi Twitter

Rahul Gandhi Twitter 2

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“Today we pay tribute to the millions of workers whose hard work, sweat and tears have gone into building our nation. No country can aspire to greatness without ensuring that the people who build the nation are partners in its prosperity and success. That those who work in our factories, in our fields, at our construction sites, in our mines and in enterprises big and small across our country are assured dignity of labour and a decent quality of life. That their children too have opportunities to choose the life they want to live, and a chance to excel and prosper. Let us renew our resolve today to strive for an India in which every citizen rich or poor, farmer and labourer, irrespective of the circumstance of their birth can hold their head high and live and work with dignity and honour.”

Rahul Gandhi said this today, on May Day, on Labour’s Day, or on International Workers’ Day. And while saying so, he extended the revival plank of his party, the Indian National Congress, of being pro-poor and fighting for the cause of the farmer.

He is on an India tour these days, protesting the land bill ordinance. In his meetings and outreach programmes, he alleges the Narendra Modi’s government of being anti-poor and anti-farmer. He is alleging that the Narendra Modi’s government is pro-corporate interests and is working to usurp the rights and land of farmers and the poor of this country. He is saying that the ordinance route was taken as the government was not sure of its chances in the Parliament.

Yesterday, he was in Vidarbha, the place of Kalavati and Shashikala and countless others; the place where Rahul ate at Kalavati’s house in May 2008 (in Yavatmal’s Jalka village) and mentioned her later in his famous speech in the Indian Parliament during the trust-vote Manmohan Singh’s government.

He trekked 15 Kms of it. He is there to reach out to farmers and poor. Unseasonal rains have destroyed crops in around 2 lakh hectares, as the government data show. The real figure is expected to be higher, like the farmer suicides, over 1000 this year, in affected regions across 14 states. Some states like Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have seen many farm suicides in these months.

And the National Democratic Alliance’s government has already re-promulgated a land ordinance that is vociferously opposed by the political opposition as well as some allied within the government.

A changed Rahul sees an opportunity here – of Congress’ revival – and of taking on Bhartiya Janata Party.

Yes, a changed Rahul Gandhi.

Post his latest sabbatical, Rahul looks politically active and more aggressive. And the BJP is taking it seriously, hitting back. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s response in the Indian Parliament yesterday can be seen this way. Firstpost quoted him saying – “Yeh sujh-bujh ki sarkar hai, isme koi galat fahmi nahi rahe (this is a government of solutions, there should be no misconception about this). Booted hona better hai. Booted out hona khatarnak hai (It is better to be booted. Getting booted out is very dangerous). Yesterday there was criticism (by Rahul) against the Prime Minister that he spends time abroad. At least we know where he is. Is India taller in the community of nations today than it was a few years ago or not? I was surprised when I read over the last few days that compared to the developed world, whether it was Iraq or it was Yemen or Nepal today, it is India which is now being considered as a global leader even in areas where we could not manage our own affairs earlier – disaster management. The Congress Party would realize when the Prime Minister of India goes abroad even for two days or three days, he performs a national duty. There is a difference between performing a national duty and disappearing for a jaunt. Therefore, you must realize the difference between the two. What is the kind of commitment to politics that you suddenly disappear for months together and then you come back and say that I will pick up an issue every day merely because it will make my presence felt.”

So, Rahul Gandhi, after his leave of absence, is more certain of his future than ever it seems. Probably, he has introspected and meditated about it.

Hope, the changed streak is there to stay – and words of his May Day speech, that are clearly backed by a pro-poor approach, should be backed by an intent that is natural.

And yes, he has to find the solution to the ‘Robert Vadra riddle’ and convince the countrymen about it. It should happen soon. There is indeed a mayday like situation there.

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Let’s be political about it and let’s be politically correct about it.

And let’s be politically straightforward about it.

And being politically straightforward in this country means it needs a strong government and a strong opposition – if we go by the legislative politics and political developments of the day.

Now there is a strong government, led by Narendra Modi – the National Democratic Alliance government led by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP led government won the majority on its own, first time in 30 years – since 1984, when Rajiv Gandhi stormed to the Parliament winning 404 of the seats – riding high on the sympathy wave after Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

But there is no strong opposition. And there are no strong opposition leaders – to the stature of Narendra Modi – except very few – who can challenge Narendra Modi nationally.

And Rahul Gandhi after his recent sabbatical stands first among them.

For the time-being, he looks charged, has an agenda, and is pursuing it.

If we take different news reports in consideration, his latest sabbatical was of around two months. The world was talking about it but came to know about it officially on a Monday (February 23) when the Budget session of the Parliament began. On April 16, he returned.

Reports say many things about his sabbatical – including introspection and meditation (that included Vipassana as well).

He made news headlines during his around two-months long sabbatical. He was seen as a reluctant politician with a string of electoral failures since 2010. The aura of ‘seriousness’ around him was on the wane. But his leave of absence, shrouded in mystery, made for daily news elements.

And the good things is – his return and he himself are making for even more news elements.

And that is good for Indian politics. He is taking on the government. His politics looks like having a future now. He is speaking and interacting regularly.

Hope this streak is there to stay with an active and aggressive Rahul Gandhi.

Indian politics of the day badly needs a strong opposition and opposition leader and Rahul Gandhi can lead here. One-sided numbers of political opposition in Rajya Sabha would be of little advantage to the country until there are voices, both in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, that raise issues in a constructive way and are ready to fight back.

And the government is taking serious note of Rahul Gandhi now, readings of the political developments of the day tell us.

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War of words – allegations and counter-allegations, politics over even apolitical themes, claims and counter-claims – the free-floating, unrestricted flow of verbal juggernaut is frying up the atmosphere, is ratcheting up the theatrics.

In the series, on a day like this, in the run up to the polls, they both started speaking almost at the same time, but soon, it was Narendra Modi all over, on almost channels of the airwaves, and so in millions of the homes across the country, and so on the countless channels of the social media platforms – the story of two speeches – delivered same day, almost same time – one in Delhi, the other in Patna – on October 27.

For sometime now, Narendra Modi has been the hottest, the most covered, the most talked about, and the most written about one. Rahul Gandhi did receive attention whenever he spoke on public platforms, but he could never match the scale Modi would achieve, rally after rally.

And when it came to the parallels on a day of parallel presence, we found how skewed it had become.

Even if we do no go into the reasons, if we do not dissect the ‘what, why and how’ of Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi on campaigning parameters and communication management practices, we can see easily certain trends well evolved (and clearly visible) by now – of crowds in rallies and of media presence multiplying the presence of the crowds elsewhere – trends that would be giving nightmares to the Congress party strategists – trends that can also harm the Modi-party by injecting a sense of complacency much before it is the time to up the throttle for that final ‘finality’.

Though, in recent times, Rahul, too, has upped his pitch, putting his aggression more on display with each passing rally, he simply fails to match the Narendra Modi blitzkrieg.

Modi’s rallies are witnessing full houses with crowd spilling over in each rally while Rahul’s rallies fail to produce sense of massive (even sizeable) gatherings even if the camera tries to show us so.

What could be the better testimony to it than October 27? In spite of the serial blasts, Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna saw hundreds of thousands coming to listen to him while Rahul had to wait before he began to speak as there were not enough of people.

When it comes to media, it’s Narendra Modi is all over. Rahul does get wide coverage and attention but, on a day, when both were speaking together, it was only Narendra Modi – almost all the TV channels were showing Modi live while Rahul was not even in the side window.

And that tells us the base approach by the media outfits in this Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi duel. Modi has become the prized catch for them in race to earn more eyeballs while Rahul is the routine editorial stuff. For them, Modi is the ultimate ‘eyeball stuff’ of the moment.

Modi’s media appeal can also be gauged from the fact that, though the serial blasts in Patna killed 5 and live bombs were recovered from the venue of Modi’s rally, Gandhi Maidan in Patna, the main news discourse of the day was Modi, the major elements discussed on the day were ‘what Modi said’. Rahul’s speech did not get much attention apart from the routine editorial planning elements.

The Congress party strategists should be worried. (Yes, but, the Bhartiya Janta Party thinkers should not get complacent.)

Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi – it is going to be even more interesting to watch as the Lok Sabha polls near, as the resultant chaos spreads even more.

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The campaign heat is going up. It is throwing interesting developments and the frequency is getting more frequent every passing day, as the assembly poll dates in the five states approach closer, as the scramble to score points for the upcoming parliamentary polls get more intensive.

If we talks of campaigning and communication management, it has been a Narendra Modi show overall.

The way political developments are shaping up, it is supposed to be a full-scale Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi blitzkrieg as the campaigning for the General Elections 2014 enters its decisive, final leg in 2014. The process is already on the launch-pad with the assembly polls in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram scheduled to be held in November-December.

Today, we saw first glimpse of it.

Today, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi both had rallies almost at the same time. Narendra Modi’s Hunkaar Rally in Patna, that saw serial bombs blasts in the city, formally unveiled his Bihar leg of campaigning while Rahul’s Delhi rally was more focused at the Delhi assembly election next month.

The comparison was inevitable but soon, it became clear, there was nothing much to compare.

Modi delivered 90 minutes of customized, localized, nationalized and well-improvised show full of punches, that the massive crowd in Patna, the airwaves people and the people hooked to the airwaves, found much more newsworthy and watchable while Rahul’s show was a poor repetition of what he says in almost every election rally, the dull revisionism of attributing all that is good in India to the Congress party.

Eyeballs, insights, analyses – Narendra Modi cornered all, effectively pushing the Rahul Gandhi show to the programming junk of ‘fillers’.

Congress, its strategists, the Team Rahul Gandhi and the heavyweights entrusted to manage public opinion though media need to be wary of it.

They need to think why Narendra Modi’s aggressive style makes him more interesting (and relevant) to listen to while Rahul Gandhi’s aggression mostly draws flak?

The answer is before everyone to see. Much has been written over it. The question is why the Congress party strategists and why Rahul Gandhi himself are not reading the signs?

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It is not the slog-over moment yet but the Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi war of words has reached to the heightened interpretations. Nothing else moves on airwaves when these two are talking, irrespective of what they are talking. One is talking so less yet gets repetitive. Other is talking so much that he gets repetitive. Yet, the ‘enticed(?) many’ find so many points and pointers in their talks to come with their analyses in stretched and over-stretched dimensions.

After Rahul Gandhi’s Beehive Speech at the CII annual general meeting, the flow of wisdom was plentiful and its affluence is still abundant with Narendra Modi fuelling the fire by his speeches – four longish ones in two days – on April 8 in Delhi and on April 9 in Kolkata. These four, duly attended and tended to by the media and the political pundits, are in addition to the fringe speeches (given here and there after Rahul Gandhi’s April 4 speech, but given ‘due’ ‘Modi-attention’).

Media have already made it a Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi battle in the next Lok Sabha election. Okay, there are elements of verity in this display based on the political developments and the subsequent political perceptions. But it is about the drive to become an overdrive; to get hyperdriven.

Rahul Vs Modi and a hyper-charged media! Rahul realizes it. Modi realizes it. Rahul knows better about his strategy, that most of us don’t know or have not been able to perceive, but Modi, it seems, is in favour of an all out war, training his expertise on and directing his guns over the UPA, the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi wherever and whenever possible. His intensity of verbal duel increases significantly in the aftermath(!) of any address by any of the top three UPA figures, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.

This time also, it is all the same brass-tacks ‘enticing(?) many’ to perceive, analyse and come with their versions or simply put forward what is being said in order to feel participative in the process.

Let’s see how the words of wisdom are flowing:

Let’s what were some of the interesting news and views trending over the Indian media platforms on the latest Rahul Vs Modi episode:

1970s US cable also referred to Indira Gandhi’s Congress as beehive

NDTV, April 09, 2013

Congress turns tables on Narendra Modi, after Rahul Gandhi fiasco

Indian Express, April 9, 2013

After beehive, the honeytrap: Modi woos businesswomen

Times of India, April 9, 2013

Nitish pours honey on BJP beehive barb

Calcutta Telegraph, April 9, 2013

Spare me of ‘beehive’ but honey is useful: Nitish Kumar

Times of India, April 9, 2013

Gods reside in this nation, not bees: Uma Bharati

Times of India, April 9, 2013

Power watch: Rahul Gandhi’s the conservative, and Narendra Modi the rebel?

Economic Times, April 9, 2013

Narendra Modi tells India’s power women why he should be man of the house

Economic Times, April 9, 2013

‘We aren’t matas, we’re hey girls!’

Hindustan Times, April 9, 2013

Rahul Gandhi lazy, mediocre; Modi arrogant, dictatorial: Ramachandra Guha

TNN, April 8, 2013

Feku@FICCI vs Pappu@CIIModi, Gandhi speeches trend on Twitter

Business Standard, April 8, 2013

On Twitter anti-Modi #Feku beats #ModiStormsFicci

Firstpost, April 8, 2013

Modi No Feminist in Speech to ‘Ladies’

Wall Street Journal (blog), April 8, 2013

‘Kalavati’ Vs ‘Jassu Behen’: How Narendra Modi mocked Rahul Gandhi

IBNLive.com, April 8, 2013

Modi at FICCI: Odes to Jasuben, Induben but where are the women …

Daily Bhaskar, April 8, 2013

Jasuben and her pizza get big endorsement from Narendra Modi

NDTV, April 8, 2013

‘Where will honey come from if there is no beehive?’ asks Nitish Kumar

NDTV, April 8, 2013

Narendra Modi speech focuses on ‘Mother India’ to displace Rahul Gandhi’s beehive

NDTV, April 8, 2013

Narendra Modi will prove ‘yamraj’ for Congress in 2014 elections: BJP

Daily News & Analysis, April 6, 2013

Mother India not a beehive: Narendra Modi

Hindustan Times, April 6, 2013

Would be harsh on Rahul Gandhi to compare him with Narendra Modi, says smiling Yashwant Sinha

NDTV, April 4, 2013

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Like it had to happen, it happened. There were ‘countless’ words written on Rahul Gandhi’s CII speech on April 4 which many saw as an opportunity where Rahul (the future prime-ministerial candidate) discussed about his ‘India Vision’.

It cannot be said and can remain in the realm of endless debates that how much of the speech was ‘India envisioned’ but there was some ‘unique’ clarity on the use of the term (or should we say the symbolism?) ‘beehive’ that enticed(?) many to individualize the term and present their own viewpoints on Rahul’s vision. It choked an already grumbled vision looking to understand the ‘vision’ of Rahul’s hour-long speech delivered to a section of suit-clad Indian industrialists.

And to add to it, Narendra’s Modi’s prompt reaction and other politicians’ spontaneous observations only charmed the ‘many’ to come up with innovatively decorative words on ‘what vision could be seen in Rahul’s India Vision’.

Let’s see some of the most innovative ones trending over the Internet platforms.

FICCI Live: Will Modi rip into Rahul’s ‘beehive’ speech?

Firstpost, April 8, 2013

Twisted metaphors: Cong slams Modi for jibes over Rahul’s beehive comment

Dailybhaskar.com, April 8, 2013

Rahul, Modi are wrong: India is neither a beehive nor a filmi mother

Firstpost, April 8, 2013

Rahul’s ‘beehive’ remark an insult to the nation: Narendra Modi

Indian Express‎ – April 7, 2013

Modi tears into Rahul’s ‘beehive’ theory

NDTV, April 6, 2013

Rahul Gandhi’s jibes make Narendra Modi sting like a bee

Times of India, April 6, 2013

Narendra Modi stings Rahul Gandhi’s bee

The Asian Age, April 6, 2013

Bee-stung Modi invokes Bharat Mata

Calcutta Telegraph, April 6, 2013

CII looked for a sting, got the bee in Rahul bonnet

Indian Express, April 5, 2013

Rahul Gandhi gives India Inc a ‘bee’ school lecture

Times of India, April 4, 2013

My favourite one among all these is Rahul Gandhi gives India Inc a ‘bee’ school lecture. What is yours? (Also, the list could see more entries in the days to come.)

Midst the flow of words sliding over the issue(?), an interesting ‘bee’ story was revisited. It dates back to March 2010 when due to a Rahul Gandhi’s meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur district (part of his parliamentary constituency Amethi), ‘beehives’ were removed from the venue as the Special Protection Group (SPG) demanded it.

Incidentally, the ‘beehives’ were not a matter of concern and nobody had asked to remove them when Rahul Gandhi had held a meeting at the same venue in 2009.

The move had echoes of the incident where bees had swarmed the venue of Mayawati rally in Lucknow held few days before Rahul’s Sultanpur meeting. The ‘bee stings’ had proved to be so stinging that it created a political uproar and an FIR was lodged to investigate the allegations of political conspiracy.

What does this ‘bee’ episode tell about an ‘India envisioned’ political class?

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It can be said effectively that no one would ever have heard so many of words written in the mainstream Indian news media on such an innocuous term ‘beehive’.  After Rahul Gandhi drawn a ‘beehive’ analogy to his India vision during Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s annual general meeting on April 4, 2013, the term has become a buzzword, making headlines, making political pundits to get more grandiose and getting politicians to get more verbose.

Beehive – let’s see what the Wikipedia has to say on its symbolism: “The beehive is a commonly used symbol dating at least to Roman times. In medieval heraldry it was considered a symbol of industry. In modern times, it is used in Freemasonry. In masonic lectures is explained as symbol of industry and co-operation, and as cautioning against intellectual laziness, warning that “he that will so demean himself as not to be endeavoring to add to the common stock of knowledge and understanding, may be deemed a drone in the hive of nature, a useless member of society, and unworthy of our protection as Masons.”

What Narendra Modi said reacting on Rahul Gandhi’s words on need of industriousness among the Indians? (Based on an NDTV post):

“I happened to listen to a speech by a Congress leader two days back, whose words are considered to be very important for that party. I was deeply shocked and pained when he compared India to beehive. For you, this might be a beehive but for us this country is our mother. The hundred crore people of this country are our brothers and sisters. This is a sacred land of saints and seers. Friends from the Congress, please do not insult our country. If you do not understand the language of people of India, go and learn from somewhere. But due to your ignorance, do not try to destroy the culture and tradition of this country.”

So what Rahul really said (or did he realize what he wanted to say) that made Modi to react like this? – The ‘beehive’ reference could not be found in the press release on Rahul’s full text in the CII event. But a report on the Daily Telegraph has put it like this:

In a storyline resembling a TED talk, he said – India was like a ‘beehive’ buzzing with complexity and energy. The country’s challenge was to harness this hive of energy with better infrastructure and education for all its 1.2 billion people. The country’s leaders were ‘sitting on an unstoppable tide of human aspiration’, and must ‘provide roads on which our dreams are paved’, but not roads which ‘have potholes, they can’t break down in six months’.  The ‘complexity’ of India’s problems, he said, alluding to corruption and slow bureaucracy, had in fact given its business leaders a competitive advantage over rivals in the United States and Europe who had emerged from a more ‘simple’ environment.

“The beehive is a good analogy, you are masters of complexity, this buzzing sound you don’t like, these newspaper stories which drive me nuts, this is your training, developing you to deal with complexity. This is what’s going to give you the competitive advantage like nobody has ever had before. When you go out into the world and you have dealt with this complexity and you’re dealing with competitors in the United States, France and Germany, you are people trained in complexity dealing with people trained in simplicity. I tell you who is going to win – you are going to win.”

What the ‘beehive’ symbolism as defined by the Wikipedia (certainly based on credible sources) says could not have been the essence of what Rahul Gandhi said though he could well have intended for this only. Somewhere, the thoughts and the words got entangled, it seems.

Even in common cultural references, bees are referred to as an industrious species with a disciplined work regime. A ‘beehive’ is a well-defined pattern of work efficiency.

In his speech, Rahul, on one side, seems to talk about this symbolism (of industry and co-operation), but on the next moment he contradicts it with referring it to ‘the complexity of the beehive’ with negative intones making the negativity a motivator of the ‘competitive advantage’ over the businessmen of the developed economies (he was addressing a gathering of Indian business leaders).

To add the misery (and sadly, truly), the 1.2 billion Indians don’t represent ‘an unstoppable tide of human aspiration’. To bring the billion strong Indians out of misery, we need to be realistic. And the reality says, 80 per cent of these Indians don’t even think to aspire after a point of time in their lives because they are crushed by the requirements of survival in a System created and run by politicians like Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi. Take any vital social indicator and see their relevance in the lives of majority of the Indians – one is bound to see the sorry stats and the status (minus the political manipulation of the statistics). Mr. Gandhi, creates situations first where the majority of Indians can feel free to aspire.

But, anyway, now the Congress party had to swing to act and it came in colourful ways when Manish Tewari said: “Beehive metaphor denoting energy diligence and cohesion completely went over heads of some self appointed jingoists.” He further elaborated his point in a tweet: “FYI One of the Avataras of Devi- Mother Goddess is Bhramari the honey bee according to the Puranas Temple of goddess in Uttarakhand” (Had Rahul’s speechwriters thought on this line? Were they aware of this fact?)

Then we had yet another Congress party’s obvious presence at such occasions. Let’s see what Kapil Sibal had to say: “Public will give an answer to this in the 2014 election. There are people in this country which I don’t want to name but just want to say that they lack in common sense.”

Narendra Modi’s jibe at ‘beehive’ was too in demeaning terms for something that signifies industriousness and collaboration. It was more of political targeting than due to his concern over Rahul insulting the mother India imagery. This reflects in the BJP’s statement as told by one of its spokespersons.

Balbir Punj response on the episode: “The comparison made to a beehive is correct according to the Congress. What is there in a beehive? There is a queen bee, and all the other bees toil and gather honey, the taste of which is taken by the others and the queen bee does not do any work. The Congress has only this imagination about this country. What or who is the queen bee here? What is the honey here? But the ordinary bees here are the country’s common people for sure”.

So much demeaning for the hard-working bees! Isn’t it? The queen bee (or the association of queen bees collectively) should seriously think of filing defamation suit?

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Midst the growing clamour in Bhartiya Janta Party of making Narendra Modi the prime-ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, he landed in Delhi yesterday. He met the prime-minister and addressed a jam-packed audience at the Sri Ram College of Commerce of Delhi University. Like his proven ability, he delivered a speech that had the audience glued.

And like any Modi movement, the hyperactive media went in frenzy. Modi was all across, painting every news website, inhabiting every news channel. Expect the printed word following the trend when the newspapers come to stands.

Predictably, the focal point was the ‘prospect and contention’ on Narendra Modi’s prime-ministerial candidature and obvious cropping-up of his comparison with Rahul Gandhi.

As the equations and the goings of the moment say, Narendra Modi is having the clear advantage when we project the elements for 2014. Almost every survey report declares him the most popular leader in the country and the most preferred choice as the next prime minister. And it is not without the elements of reason.

Rahul’s chances are fishy. He figures in every such report but Modi has been able to maintain and widen the gap.

So, what are the principle elements that place him ahead of Rahul Gandhi? I see three as the cardinal ones.(Sure, more can be added.)


Modi has risen from nowhere, from a family that belonged to the lower stratum of India’s multilayered social weaving. He began his political career as a nonentity, the office boy of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The journey to the political top has been gradually scaled up with hardwork, nothing like a fairytale. That makes Modi role model for millions in a rich country of poor people.

Rahul’s background is elitist. No matter how many night-outs at Dalit huts, he is not going to be able to change this perception. The skepticism only aggravates given Rahul’s short career in active politics that is absolutely short of any significant political and social achievement. Instead, Rahul has, in his account, social blunders like Kalawati, Maval and Bhatta Parsaul. Also, the country is still unaware of Rahul’s intellectual credentials. Rahul may be a political alternative given his Nehru-Gandhi lineage but everything else in his record-book scuttles his chances to be seen as a role model.


Modi has a proven political track record with three consecutive electoral victories. And mind you, these all have been convincing victories, routing not just the opposition parties, but also the factionalism in his own party fueled by big names including a former chief minister and influential community leader. Also, in last two elections, even the RSS worked anti to him.

Rahul has big electoral failures in his name since he started taking centrestage of the election campaigning for the Congress party. The most notable ones are Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Some assembly victories that came to the Congress party cannot be accorded to Rahul’s stature.

Modi is high on confidence. Rahul must be in introspection mode if he has to do the damage control. Complacency is going to be big killer adding to the misery in an election where the Congress party’s prospects are already being written off.


Modi is cunningly brilliant to exploit the words of others to his own advantage. He plays the victim card, impregnated with the religious sentiments, subtly well. He knows what to say and how to package his message keeping in mind the audience. He shows a craftsmanship of a corporate communicator here.

On the other hand, Rahul has failed again and again on this front. The emotional quotient that happened to the high point of his political speeches when he had begun his active politics career has become a worn-out and tired element of repetition, added and fueled by poor audience research and lost context. Now Rahul’s speeches attract attention more for their lack of depth and misplaced mode of delivery.

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