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Updated: January 28, 2014 08:28 IST
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Rahul’s ‘interview of the year’ will have disappointed supporters

Praveen Swami
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. File photo
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. File photo

Billed by Times Now "the interview of the year", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's full-length television appearance on Monday night is likely to have disappointed his supporters, and inspired his detractors. The Congress' star campaigner shied away from opportunities to confront Gujarat chief minister and Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi head on, avoided the issue of Hindu nationalism, and provided few details on his party's agenda for government.

Instead, Mr. Gandhi tried to cast himself as an outsider, battling the establishment--an effort, perhaps, to appropriate elements of the Aam Admi Party's platform. He said he had seen his father, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, ground down by battles with what he called 'the system'. “I do not like what I see in Indian politics", he said. “This system every day is unfair to our people.”

The Congress vice-president Gandhi was, however, economical with detail on precisely what changes he envisaged. Indeed, he lauded achievements of the Congress, which ran 'the system' for much of post-independent India's history, ranging from the Green Revolution to the Right to Information Act.

Mr. Gandhi was at his weakest in his discussion of Mr. Modi's role in the Gujarat riots. Indeed, he seemed eager to avoid the issue, at one stage insisting "it is very important that people who have taken part in this kind of thing are brought to book. But the real issue at hand here is empowering the women of this country, giving them true power".

Though he blamed Mr. Modi’s government for "abetting and pushing the riots further", there was no discussion of the consequences Hindu nationalism might have for India's fabric.

He also insisted, in the face of evidence, that the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom was distinct from the Gujarat carnage, in that the government had tried to stop it.

The Congress vice-president shied away from frontal comparisons with Mr. Modi, though he said this was not driven by fear. Having watched his father struggle in politics, and seeing him die, Mr. Gandhi said, said, he does not fear losing an election.

In response to questions on why he remained silent on the corruption scandals that rocked the second United Progressive Alliance government, he appeared to blame Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "My position was that I report to the Prime Minister. Whatever conversations I had with the Prime Minister, whatever feelings I had on the issue, I made it known to the Prime Minister".

Mr. Gandhi's frequent references to himself in the third person led to some derision on social media, with several commentators noting that it was a habit of small children.He also offered mystifying responses to a question on whether he wanted to the Prime Minister. "“The real question is what I am doing sitting here?” he said.

Times Now television described the interview that it was the "first ever interview of the Gandhi scion". The first interview was, however, given to the Hindi-language newspaper Dainik Bhaskar, and published on January 14.

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I guess Rahul was not fully prepared for this interview! I try to watch but lost my patience. In the past, I listened to Indra Gandhi, also Rajiv Gandhi, they were all very very good in talking to press. Anyway, Rahul should train himself. India does not need any Don Quixote, indian public are clever enough to figure out the capabilities !!!

from:  Mathivanan A.
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 at 06:21 IST

Rahul Gandhi was evading questions and I feel he had no concept of core
issues in the country.He was juggling with words like RTI,System and
Lokpal. Answers were no specific and pathetic. I feel Modi must be happy
now for Rahul was interviewed at the wrong time by a right person just
before elections.

from:  Dr Kusuma Kumari G Nellore
Posted on: Jan 30, 2014 at 00:49 IST

Excellent disection of RaGa interview.

from:  Piyush
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 22:38 IST

Everyone talking about Rahul Gandhi should watch Modi's interview with
Karan Thapar. If the performance in interview is the criteria for a PM,
then J Jayalalitha is a frontrunner compared to Modi. Modi can bluff
about anything that does not make him any better than Rahul.

from:  Ananda padmanabhan
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 22:33 IST

“I do not like what I see in Indian politics,this system every day is unfair to our people.” The Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has expressed his concern. Then what has he thought about this country's politics ? The post- independence era started under the leadership of the Congress and it reigned for maximum period.In the long span of its ruling the party leaders have polluted the politics. Former PM Indira Gandhi had played an eminent role in diminishing the politics.Her successors followed her footsteps and made the political environment bad to worst. In this context, the example of JMM bribery case would be enough. The deterioration continued thereafter.Meanwhile various scams were unearthed. If RG has any effective programme for the political salvation, he must keep it before everybody.It will benefit the political class as well as the people.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 22:26 IST

Most disappointing interview of Rahul G.

from:  Shahid
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 21:07 IST

Mr. Praveen Swami repeatedly insists, "there was no discussion of the consequences Hindu
nationalism might have for India's fabric". Mr. Swami, India is the
only country in the world where Hindus are in a majority. Why should
any other community feel threatened about Hindu nationalism? Where
else would Hindus express their nationalism? Why do you want to beat
the dead horse of Gujarat riots, fueled by the leftist agenda? I think
it is time we moved on to contemporary issues and discuss them with a
view to ascertaining which party has what position on each subject.
And, oh, please do consider writing on the scams that Congress
generates almost on a weekly basis.

from:  Krishna Kumar
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 12:25 IST

The author laments that there was no discussion of the consequences
Hindu nationalism might have for India's fabric. Why can't The Hindu
conduct an interview on these lines with Rahul Gandhi or at least send
out a questionnaire?

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 11:42 IST

ohh.....finally this so called young leader said something....but so
poor this leader is still so young...because in spite of so may scams ,a
huge corruption bang in congress he has nothing to say on it ...just
say" that was prime minister work"...

from:  shweta puri
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 11:31 IST

To be successful, any organisation should develop leaders so that it
does not hinge on one person/dynasty. Congress has failed miserably in
this regard and the chickens have come home to roost. It neither developed state level leaders who can take up national responsibility nor develop a strong second rung national leadership.
complete lack of coordination between congress national leaders
and no one respects another and the only time they listen is when the
dynasty orders something and unfortunately the era of dynasty is over.
Congress should ask itself after the rahul gandhi interview if they
are first are ready to accept such a directionless, lazy and utterly
incompetent person as their leader before trying to impose him on

from:  kalyan
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 11:17 IST

It reminded me of the vice-president campaign of Sarah Palin in US elections 2008! So naive, unclear and unspecific. What a pity! During his long pause in the speech I thought okay, now some thoughtful thing comes out. Then came out stuffs like 'I was in trinity' or 'RTI'. Mostly, he narrated slogans like RTI, opening up,youngsters, women empowerment etc for pretty much all questions. I am waiting for the door bell of democracy at my house, sent by Mr. R. Gandhi.

from:  Maya
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 11:16 IST

I am beginning to think, that the interview was a fake encounter!! I am really not sure if Rahul Gandhi was sitting in front of Arnab GoSwami during the entire session. Quite a number of times, we only saw their faces "side by side". Some times one could even catch Rahul, with shifty eyes, pointedly looking to the side, as if there was some prompting going on. Over all, the entire interview lacked any element of spontaneity, irrespective of the level of intelligence and responsibility that was expected from the answers in an Arnab session!! It was like microwaving a precooked, obsolete and dated burger, not particularly suitable for current consumption and future health of citizens of India !!

from:  R. Srinath
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 10:00 IST

this is by far the most pathetic interview I had ever seen. And the most pathetic part is that some people are still leaving comments that he will become a PM and will change India. After hearing this interview I can give it in writing that RG will never become a PM. Forget about his poor communication skills, his lack of clarity on any subject worries me. Same answer for any question... empowerment of women, changing the system.

from:  reddy
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 07:07 IST

Congress is in safe hands. All the best Rahul ji, only you can ensure
Modi score 272.

from:  David
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 03:11 IST

He is the best thing that is there in congress,trying to reform india
through congresss.His father couldn't control corruption ,though he
tried.Rahul is trying to live with corruption and improve india
inspite of it.
India doesnt have a choice ,but to live with corruption for some
time,till the processes and people change.
Congress has done a lot like RTI,right to work,right to food.
some money goes to poor rather than politicians
Even Narendra Modi is good.

from:  rama
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 02:45 IST

Mr. Gandhi responded by reiterating the issues of inclusive
representation, process change, woman empowerment, candidate selection
method and RTI again and again whenever Goswami bombarded tough
questions to him. Having a responsible position of Vice President in
Congress Party, he should have answered these questions in a proper
manner, but he used some of his political agendas to get rid of
answering those important questions. Considering the timing for this
event Everyone was assuming this interview as a grand viva for him to
prove his political efficacy and appear with impressive debut.

from:  Pavash Pritam
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 01:46 IST

When a Dynasty politics goes under transformation, the younger leaders are groomed under experienced leaders. From past 10 years, having a golden oppurtunity to set himself as a true politician, he evaded any ministirial post. Now, without proving himself over the ground, his interview clearly shows, how weak he is.

Being a supporter of him, people should rethink and take their decision on casting a vote for Congress. He doesn't have contents. Looks like he was not prepared for big challenges.

I just tuned in for his interview to confirm whether he is really capable of handling INDIA and its problem. And I am confident that, INDIA may not Vote congress back - mainly because of him being Potential PM candidate.

from:  Kandarp Tiwari
Posted on: Jan 29, 2014 at 01:32 IST

Arnab Goswami has habit of putting his words in others mouth. but in
Rahul Gandhi' case, he failed to do on at least two occasions. One,
Arnab could not garner apology from Rahul Gandhi in reference of 1984
anti Sikh riots and two, he failed to get any decisive words regarding
action against Ashok Chavan in Adarsh Society case. Kudos to Rahul's

from:  Monalisa Khanam
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 16:45 IST

Everyone is happy to see first interview of rahul gandhi.

from:  rachit gupta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 15:11 IST

For the first time I saw Arunav so polite to anyone while taking interview and he himself was giving point and chance to Rahul to comment in favor of Congress but this poor guy.......Now not surprised why hasn't he spoken in parliament in last 10 years.

I feel that now its time for Congress either to leave Gandhi family for leave politics :)

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 14:00 IST

Rahul has avoided direct answers to the questions. The interview exposed Rahul's hollowness in the fight against corruption, when he evaded the question why Mr Ashok Chavan, his party CM in Maharashtra, is protected in Adarsh scam in spite of SIT report against him.

During the interview, Rahul claims that in other parties power is concentrated with few people. In BJP, a tea seller could work hard and come to the top. In Congress, can anyone dream of getting the reigns of the party other than Rahul's family? It is Sonia and Rahul who control the party, mother is president, son is vice president, and their appointed person is PM.

On the one hand he claims that MLAs and MPs currently do not have any power, and they only press the button [to vote for the party dictates in the assembly as per the directions of the party high command]. On the other hand he claims that he 'respects' the democratic process in which PM is 'elected' by the MPs [as per the directions of the party high command].

from:  HariKrishna H G
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 13:39 IST

It is not difficult to understand why he is taking such a stand.
Having understood that the Government by Congress and its allies has
not done well and is in neck deep trouble distances himself and as if
as an Individual he proposes to do well if the Congress is given
another chance. He should have been asked as to how he did not
involve in functioning of the Government so far, though he could tore
of the Ordinance. Should one believe that he remained so far as an
outsider and his family has got nothing to do with the running of the
government so far. Well if all the voters are fools and all the youth
are fools may be they will accept this proposition. But unfortunately
it is not so and all the youth and voters are mature enough.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 12:56 IST

Rahul Gandhi is has nothing to loose in the coming elections.

from:  rachit gupta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 12:56 IST

After going through the interview questions and answers, I find
something wrong with Rahul. Some of his responses prompt us to think
whether he is mentally strong enough.

But, with Congress leaders like Dig Vijay Singh, Mani Shankar Aiyar,
Narayanasamy etc, we can expect only this kind of thoughts from the
Vice President of this Congress Party. :-)

Anyway, its is a good news for both BJP and India!

from:  Lakshmanan B
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 12:23 IST

hello Editor,

Why my comments were not published for many articles? are you
trying to be a sycophancy for any article that are published? if this
is case, i am sure to spread the truth about Hindu's biased journalism
in all social media so that truth prevails.

from:  john
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 12:22 IST

Rahul inspired to his Grand mom & father, So he always invent new steps
to forward our nation.

from:  manali bhandari
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 12:20 IST

Even though Mr Arnab Goswami was not at his combative best, Mr Gandhi has only compounded his problems with this interview. Now it is abundantly clear why he never gave any TV interview in 10 years. If such is the rate of his learning in 10 years, what can we expect from him? His answers are rampant with hypocrisy and shying away from accountability. He must take the public to be fools. Trying to evade questions, shirking his responsibility, not being able to give rational answers, the questioner having to explain the question to him repeatedly, shifty eyes and harping upon RTI and women empowerment make him look insincere. It is high time the Congress lets go of the family.

from:  Bharath
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 12:20 IST

1.His family (Nehru, Indhira & Rajiv) has ruled the country 38 out of the 67 years. That is 56%. His own party has ruled the country 55 out of the 67 years. That is 82%. His mother was the de facto head of the government for the past 10 years. And this guy says, the system is not working and must be changed. Would you believe it? To say that this is hypocrisy must be the understatement of this century.
2.The government of the day while going into the elections must garner votes from the country by saying what it has achieved rather than what it will do. That is left to the opposition. The fact of the matter is UPA has failed miserably and Rahul/Congress cannot escape this fact.
3.Where was Rahul when some of the biggest corruption charges came to light during his party regime?Now when the elections are near making token statements are amounting to fooling the people of this country.Who can blame the country if they simply read this as election posturing and plain dishonesty?

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 12:02 IST

Rahul has clearly stated that the Idea that a party represents is much much more important than any person belonging to the party. He also said that, the fight is between one ideology and another ideology. Those who fail to understand this , trap themselves in to unnecessary questions and comparisons that promote personality cult and hero worship.

Taken as a whole, he seems to make a clear point that the basic processes and thinking which we use to select and judge a leader is flawed. Unless this is corrected, we cannot expect anything better than whats happening right now.

When the congress has willingly taken a decision not to name Rahul as the PM candidtae, its totally unfair to make Rahul vs Modi comparisons. Hence, it also does not matter what Rahul has acheived or not acheived. What matters is the principles that will guide the polity of this country.

from:  Devaraj
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:57 IST

We Indians like people who speak in jingles, who speak eloquently, who boast themselves. We don't need people who can talk for hours together without any substance, who heap abuses on other party leaders, who keep saying rulers are bad, rulers corrupt, blah, blah. Rahul was indeed clumsy and refused to drawn in to direct conflict with Modi. I think he did the right thing. Goswami should have concentrated on bringing out the strategy of Rahul or his views on governance than finding out on his views on Modi and Gujarat riots. The whole interview was not properly structured and was a waste of time. Rahul is not known for his speaking skills, just like his father. No use in expecting fireworks from him.

from:  tbr.joseph
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:52 IST

Rahul showed patience and seriousness about his agenda for change in
system. Like his father Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul is serious student of grass
root politics. Both father-son duo found fault in system.

from:  rachit gupta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:49 IST

Rahul Gandhi is not a ordinary politician. He is a visionary politician.
He is not power hungry but hungry for change in system.

from:  avinash
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:44 IST

Reading the interview it may seem that this is duel between Arnab who is
determined to get answers to his questions and Rahul is equally
determined not to provide an honest answer. But what I realize is that
Rahul Gandhi didn't have an answer to give and hence he kept on
repeating the words RTI, empowerment, youngsters again and again as if
those are the only words he could remember.

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:44 IST

In his very first Interview on news channel like Times now, Rahul Gandhi
opened his heart regarding change in system, empowerment and
transparency. One can hope that all Congressmen will understand their
leader's long term vision and will work hard to achieve the goal.

from:  manali bhandari
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:36 IST

Rahul Gandhi's tough stand on corrution is welcome one. Now nation waits
some decisive actions from Team Rahul on this front.

from:  mohit
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:31 IST

The most powerful man in the Congress Party, a party which has ruled
India for decades and for most part, by members of his own family,
continues to rile against "the system". This is an act akin to a stand
up comedy, where the comedian takes a dig at the entire "system", just
to make the audience laugh. Rahul Gandhi, however, wants us to take him
seriously on his pronouncements.

Can he do what is almost 100% in his control? Can he let go his family's
control of the party? Could he please be the VP with someone other than
his mother as the P? Could he proclaim this?

from:  varadarajan raman
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:27 IST

Worlds most toughest job is to extract relevant answers from Rahul Gandhi. He mugged up few statements and repeat it for every questions. it is like
Arnab Goswami To Rahul : Whats The Capital of China?
Rahul Gandhi: Women Empowerment, Power Concentration, System Needs Change

from:  murali
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:23 IST

I am no fan of Congress, but even for me reading the whole interview
made me cringe. This is by far the most incompetent interview I have
heard or read coming from a top leader and likely PM contender. RG
failed to answer even a single question honestly and candidly, instead
he kept on repeating the same lines on RTI, empowerment, youngsters etc
This is like answering all questions in an exam with the only answer I
know of no matter what the question is! And he is to be the PM of India!
No god can save India from that disaster!

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:23 IST

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is making all right noises. Be it
empowerment of common man, Be it tranparency at all levels or action
against corrution, he has given his message loudly and clearly.

from:  avichal
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:21 IST

Arnab roped in Rahul Gandhi for his prime time and put some very hard
questions to him. Will he also interview Narenadra Modi in the same
Manner? Will he ask Modi that while persueing his upmanship, he put all
BJP leadership in cold.

from:  rachit gupta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:21 IST

as long as congress cannot find a leader outside the Gandhi clan, their days are doomed.
It is unfortunate, since there are some good and capable people in the congress

from:  suersh
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:17 IST

rahul have supporters also , i am surprised ?

from:  amit
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:07 IST

I was about to post my thoughts, but then noticed that the article is not even a major headline on the website - that proves just how utterly disappointing this well-orchestrated "arrival of a leader" has turned out to be.

The real danger for RG is that he is now sliding swiftly from the position of one who at least evokes bemusement and irritation, to one whom people don't even bother about. Even Sarah Palin did better than this.

from:  Anil Suri
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 11:03 IST

Rahul Gandhi's confidence in defeating BJP will work as tonic for all

from:  manali bhandari
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:55 IST

It will be good for the party if he stops giving any interviews. With his immaturity he will definitely take congress party to new low in the forthcoming General Elections.

from:  sishtla
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:53 IST

Rahul Gandhi has adapted the vision of AAP and if what he said is true
in sense and meaning and he really wanted to do this, he can give
relief to millions of deprived people of this country. These are the
people who are still living a slavery life, only the ruler has
changed. I don't see any change in the attitude of politicians and
bureaucrats. The way they deal with the public is really disgusting.
They behave as if they are the kings and public is their slave. If
Rahul Gandhi can really transfer some power to the bottom line people
which I think he can, being the leader of the largest and oldest party
of this country, it would be a step forward in giving real freedom to
all people of this country.

from:  Ram Kumar Singh
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:52 IST

Agree with Praveen, the interview sounded repetitive, rehearsed, tangential and I apologies
a bit naive, I repeat it sounded like it, maybe Rahul clearly trying to overcompensate to avoid
surfacing of obvious questions regarding congress and what better way then to hide behind
Gandhi nehru nominal legacy.

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:51 IST

Rahul's response to the questions raised in interview was highly respectable, he did not want power instead he is striving to stable the system of our country and creating opportunities for the safety of women in our country and being an example of how the youth should think and act upon on challenges in front of our country, the other old persons in opposition parties are aggressively speaking the old matters which is not important or urgent to speak about. Rahul has great talent of doing but the opposition old fellow are only eligible for speaking, sure they cannot do anything for the country, Gujarat model is nothing it's all fake, one day all will come to know it by that time there is no room for the past mistakes of our voters.

from:  Franklin
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:50 IST

I don't know if you noticed. Mr.Gandhi continuously tried to avoid eye
to eye contact with Arnab during the interview. More than 80% of the
entire interview-time, he either looked up or down or sideways while
answering. He was trying hard to show that he was comfortable. Modi
has given 100s of such interviews be it one-to-one or during
conferences. He exudes confidence, patriotism and substance. Rahul
Gandhi lacks substance and he knows it. He does not have any opinion
on bridging the communal divide, Uniform Civil Code, bringing back
Black Money, RTI for political parties etc. Where it suited him, he
hid behind the shield of legislature occasionally coming out and
firing at the opposition and again going hiding. The youth needs a
leader who can make them proud of India's heritage, patriotic history
and make them aware of the dominance India can unleash
Internationally. Hope Congress loses graciously and maintains dignity
of a respectable opposition. Jai Hind!

from:  Suraj Nagori
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:50 IST

Congress should have brought Priyanka Gandhi much earlier. But with the
Vadera controversy in full public scrutiny, now it will be difficult.
Instead, they should project A.K.Antony which may have a good effect.

from:  P.K.Ramchandran
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:32 IST

Poor Guy.

from:  Aftab Khan
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:25 IST

I believe that his response might have disappointed his party and his
fans. It was unfortunate that Arnab Goswami too failed as he didn't
properly put forth questions and prompted Rahul to respond without
showing inhibitions of reluctance. Frankly speaking the program tested
patience and is to be written off by viewers!

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri.Chennai
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 10:11 IST

With due sympathy to Rahul Gandhi, this was probably the worst
performance in an 'interview of the year' one can think of. All RG did
is to trying to divert the questions again and again, he failed to
answer direct questions inspite of Arnab G. asking the same again and
again. By far the most damning was the following question by Arnab G.
'Arnab: I am sure you don't, my question is do you acknowledge the
role of Congress men in the 1984 riots because there must be justice.
Mr. Gandhi there has to be finality, the Gujarat riot cases have moved
forward and many people have got justice, if I just compare that to
the 1984 riots, you can look at the status and case history of what
happened to Mr. Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, HKL Bhagat, Dharam Das
Shastri and the one story that you hear there is these cases are
endless, they go on for the longest period of time. I am asking you
again, Mr. Gandhi before you seek an apology from Modi would you
apologise'. RG had no comprehending answer!

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:56 IST

Let us be fair. Rahul does not hold any official position though
he has clout for other reasons. It is a matter of politics to defend
one's own party and find fault with the opposition.

Mr.Goswamy did go for him, hammer and tongs, and often put him on
the defensive. On the whole Rahul did a commendable job; of course one
can pick holes in whatever he said and twist things.

from:  Veevip Sarathy
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:46 IST

Riots in 1984 not same as in 2002, Why ? It is anachronism, and
furthermore , the interview didn't bring the best out of Rahul Gandhi.
Debate is confused term with election promise. Modi VS Rahul Debate
Proposed is about what ? Unlike Obama care, it required debate, Why ?
America has to battle out of clutches of Private hospitals, Insurance
& Financial Giants, Wall Streets etc. India is lacking in
implementation of projects, it is nascent in infrastructure or
healthcare. For example: Will someone say,no to affordable health
care, as in Canada or It is compulsory for any sort of employers to
contribute, and labor charges recorded with Income Tax with % into
medical benefits & Social Security.
Dynasty politics, similar lines with Anoushya Sankar, Why She has to
be a Sitar Player from her young age ? Education is credit system,
knowledge is for everyone,Workmanship & Uniqueness is yours!! Some do
really well on the same subject.

from:  Ishani Jaivendran
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:45 IST

He is the dumbest politician I've seen in my lifetime. Came to give an
interview by just preparing for lines:
1.Empowerment of people
2.Reduce pain of people
3.Change the way politics is being done in the country
4.Repeat lines 1-3

from:  Subham
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:43 IST

Is it just me or is India just cursed with a leader that claims nothing less than the Prime Minister's office, with a high probability of success in actually doing so (ruling party), being one that best probably reflects the infamous Sarah Palin in US equivalence? Being in Singapore, I know that people of Mr Rahul Gandhi's calibre (based on the interview with Arnab Goswami) might not even make it past a blue-collar level in political engagements in Singapore, let alone the standards of the United States. It is a shame that this person aspires for the office of the Prime Minister of a major country and cannot even give a proper interview, let alone manage a nation of a billion people (has no Chief Ministerial experience at all). It is, quite frankly, insulting. If this is Congress's idea of democracy, Congress needs to go away for good.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:41 IST

This interview is first to any News Channel & not newspaper.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:36 IST

Rahul did no credit to himself by dodging the question as to how he
can say that Gujarat Government abetted the 2002 riots while courts
held the opposite position. Same way he did not want to say how
Congress Govt of that time can be exonerated of its role in 1884 since
courts had found complicity of his partymen holding
positions.Similarly he had no reactions of any validity to price rise
and coruption .He was only harbouring upon empowering women by giving
3 gas cylinders as if price rise was not related to empowering
women...his concept on empowerment itself appeared to hollow...he
appeared to have picked up a few terms such as grass roots,
empowerment etc from here and there without thoroughly understanding
them vis a vis application and execution of the same by his party or
government. Truly, blame for price rise , corruptione etc was deftly
passed on to Manmohan Singh!His response to what he would have been
without a Gandhi tag was not surprising.Truly,we deserve a better

from:  T.K.P.Naig
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:22 IST

Mr. Praveen Swami,

".... there was no discussion of the consequences Hindu nationalism might have for India's fabric".

What do you mean by this statement?

The great democracy in the World declared that their identity of the Nation is "Christianity".

In India, who spoke about Hinduism is viewed like terrorists by the so called "Secularists", who do not know the exact meaning of the word.

from:  Prabhakaran K.
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 09:22 IST

Dear Mr. Editor
I find Mr. Rahul Gandhi's answers candid & earnest. He rightly shied
from attacking any individual which his counterpart (BJP leader Modi)
mischievously keep doing to distract from fundamental issues. I am not
a fan of congress policies of last 5 years but I am happy that Mr.
Rahul seems to have diagnosed the problem (of his government). He has
shown a vision to bring a change in political system by making it more
fair transparent and inclusive. He may not have articulated perfectly
to enthuse his supporters but from his views on decentralization of
power, empowering youth and women are similar to constitution provided
framework of collective leadership.

from:  Vikas Singh
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 08:52 IST

First deserve then desire.

from:  David Hawks
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 06:09 IST

The media should not expect anything more from Rahul Gandhi than family platitudes. Even the decision about his non-candidacy for prime minister's post was announced by his mother, not himself. All told, what does he have to talk about? Achievement? Record of governance? Or even the challenge of containing an outburst of public fury like the post-Godhra riots?

He has no record and no achievement, and no longer even youth on his side. All he has is his family. And that is all he does talk about. So, leave him alone.

from:  N.S. Rajaram
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 05:50 IST

Rahul comes out a very unimpressive leader. He is not clear about any strategy.
Goes on repeating statements often without answering direct questions. His
differentiating Sikh and Gujarat riots is unfounded. Not accepting Judician verdict
in case of Gujrat and in the case of Sikh Riot not taking blame are his weakness.
He is no way different from people like Digvijay singh , another usual congress
leader. He does not come out as a person with confidence. Just bashing BJP and
praising AAP is not going to help the country. He has not owned any responsibility
to corruption of congress regime. In a nutshell not an inspiring interview note a
leader to emulate. Bad luck for congress

from:  gopalan
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 05:24 IST

One may be lucky to be born with Silver Spoon ! But " Leadership
Qualities ' are something which are unique and can't be forced due to
birth. on the throats !

from:  Prof R Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 04:58 IST

Please make commenting easier. If you are afraid please remove comment section. This
section is a joke.

from:  K.alladi
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 04:52 IST

This was a weak performance by Rahul Gandhi. He has come into politics by default, but politics is what he is very weak at. He is more interested in larger philosophical matters on what ails India, the system and why it needs to be changed. In politics, it is important to take a stand on matters of the past, in order to define what these will be like in the future. On communalism, he should simply have said that the country cannot afford a repeat of '84 and '02 and we as Indians must say sorry to everyone who lost lives. His vision did not articulate the need pluralism and a caste free India and what he would do to improve education,primary health and equal opportunity. Nor did he say why his vision of India was better than the BJPs. On the whole, Rahul came across as a man from a priviledged background, trying to dirty his fingers reluctantly. he is a genuinely nice guy, but not the man to lead. Maybe, the congress will elect someone else after the election

from:  sridhar
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 04:47 IST

Why don't you editors write up some fundamental statements marked by Mr.
Rahul Gandhi in spite of bringing about this superficial statements or
publish the entire interview.

from:  Dering Naben
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 04:47 IST

While Arnab Goswami was asking specific questions, Rahul Gandhi's answers were
generalistic. I must admit I was impressed by his body language and style. He was
repeating his passion for changing the 'system', 'women power' etc. which all
politicians profess. On inconvenient questions, he said he spoke to the P.M.

Of late he has shown his clout which he should have exercised long back, if he were
pained by what was going on, etc. Let him appear in the media more often and tell
us how he is going to change the system.

from:  Rajeswaran
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 04:12 IST

very sad; times now captioned the interview of the year turned out the
joke of the year;he never answered direct questions made weakest defence
in fact shied away and changed topics by repeatedly saying cleaning the
system,empowering women and bringing the youth in politics;his view
about 1984 and 2002 riots and corruption in 2g,cwg and coal gate shows
his attitude;pray god not to have this type of people to rule.

from:  ramji
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 03:55 IST

Sorry RahulG, you have very little original thinking. From your words it
is quite evident that your head has been filled with pseudo-academic

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 03:08 IST

Rahul Gandhi kept on blamimg Narendra Modi for Gujarat riots as if he was standing there and conducting the riots. Arnab Goswami failed in asking the basic question: Mr. Gandhi you claim Modi abetted the riots. Is it then true that you have no faith, confidence and trust in the investigations conducted on behalf of the Supreme Court of India which found no evidence of Modi's indulgence in the riots? I think it is about time, media also stop blaming Modi for the Gujarat riots and move forward and deal with serious issues unless they some conclusive evidence of Modi's involvement in them. It serves country no good to continue to beat upon Modi

from:  Vinod Kumar
Posted on: Jan 28, 2014 at 01:32 IST
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