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Mistaken for TIME magazine, Youth Congress workers burn TOI copies
Is the congress high command losing control over the party workers? At least the recent fiascos involving Youth Congress in different parts of the country suggests that Rahul Gandhi's pet organization is doing more harm to the party image than any external factors.

ONE THING that let Congress rule over BJP was the high command's control over workers even at the grassroot level. While BJP was always busy dousing the fire of their infighting among the top brass, Congress always enjoyed a single man control over every party minister. But that seems to be history now. Undereducated youth congress cadres took to the streets in Chennai, burning The Times of India copies, mistaking them for US-based TIME magazine and this action has made Congress the butt of all jokes in social media. However it keeps one wondering – is congress leadership losing control on its partymen? Didn't anybody consult the leaders at the centre before taking to the streets?

“If TIME magazine can be mistaken for The Times of India, then next election posters may have photos of Rahul Dravid instead of Rahul Gandhi,” said Suraj Ranjan, a student in Delhi University. “I heard they ransacked a Timex showroom too. Is it true?” read a mock concern on Twitter. One Mr. Rajagopala was even more sarcastic. On the comments section of the The Times of India website, he mentions, “We have leaders with not only falsified educational certificates or illiterates but no common sense or basic knowledge. Mayawati wanted to put Julian Assange in Mental Hospital while Youth Congress leaders think the age-old Time Magazine belongs to The Times of India.” Another comment read, “We have seen so many "Comedy shows " on TV channels...but no show can beat the comedy shows of the Congress.”

"We are not against any media but the impact of the Time cover story would be adverse on foreign investments into the country." said state youth Congress chief M Yuvaraj to a reporter of The Times of India. Little did he realize in his limited merit that the face of the country gets blackened even more when the ruling party members take on the streets with such stupid agenda. When a tweet reads – “Congress members burned Times of India because they found it cheaper than the TIME magazine”. It is read by millions across the world and doesn’t reflect anything positive about the country’s investment scenario.

Youth congress was supposed to be a proud creation of Rahul Gandhi. However, I wonder how the person touted as the country’s next prime minister reacted when he learned that some 30 protesters from the party were burning The Times of India instead of the TIME magazine. And this came barely three days after the party was involved in another fiasco in north east part of the country where they were blamed for creating violence.

Congress is finding it hard in the midst of all corruption charges and scams being unearthed. In such a scenario they would do best to maintain the control over their illiterate local chapters who seem to be ranting at everything they see. On tweeter summarized the country’s situation as, “Don't wear Timex watches or use Times New Roman fonts. Don't talk about your trip to Times Square. Time kharab chal raha hai”. Hopefully the central government will realize that they did more harm to their image than the magazine article actually did.

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