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The fumbling 'Yuvraj' of Indian Politics: Introspecting Rahul Gandhi’s first interview
With the Lok Sabha polls knocking at the doors and all the political parties unfolding their final cards, perhaps the whole of India’s politically aware class had been voraciously waiting for the Congress Party’s foreseeable prime ministerial candidate’s first ever one-on-one television interview.

However, the war of words between one of India’s very senior and firebrand journalist Arnab Goswami and the most hyped and influential politician proved to be a one sided battle.

Right from the start when Goswami started firing his questions at Gandhi, the fact was that he (Gandhi) was fumbling and also his nervousness was evident from each answer he was giving. Throughout the show the interviewer kept asking specific questions and anticipated the same from Rahul Gandhi.

However, the interviewee was either dodging the questions or being evasive towards them. Words like RTI, women empowerment, making change, decentralization etc, flooded his answers, irrespective of different questions. Also, the crux of many answers that Gandhi tried to substantiate, the flag bearer were these words itself.

Speaking about the plausible PM candidate’s nervousness, his actions clearly indicated that. Be it fumbling with the words, awkward long pauses before answers or shooting back questions to the interviewer himself. Also if one was glued to the screen thoroughly, he would be aware that  throughout the high voltage interview Rahul failed to keep his eye contact with Arnab. This type of action creeps in only out of sheer lack of confidence and nervousness.

“I'm a serious politician, I'm not here for power or money" said Rahul Gandhi on many occasions. The most unfortunate part of it was that even after spending one decade in the political arena,  Gandhi who has been climbing might through dynastic politics and eying the country’s highest throne, has to establish his seriousness by words of mouth rather than actions. And this is surely a matter of great concern for the party and himself as well.

For a common Indian Gandhi’s answers looked pretty much like the recitation of his own manifesto that mainly consisted of what he wants to do and what he is doing. Perhaps, Arnab was right at some point, stating, if he has to listen to Rahul Gandhi’s aims and aspirations, he would attend a rally addressed by him, rather than conducting an interview.

Since, the entire show was thronged with Gandhi chanting about RTI and his party workers contributing towards it. Let’s throw light towards one of the abhorrent incidents that took place on July 2012 in Assam where national award winning renowned RTI activist and peasant leader, Akhil Gogoi was attacked by youth Congress workers. Thus, the people who are aware of this incident of Assam would certainly muse on, is this how Youth Congress is promoting RTI?

Perceiving the interview the voters perhaps got an idea of how the Congress Vice president is in lack of deep rooted knowledge, is obligate and naive about most of the things. As Arnab started by saying that this was Rahul Gandhi’s first ever elaborate sit-down interview in his tenure of ten years as an MP, one would just hope that the perspiring interview with Arnab, doesn’t turn to be his last one too.

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