Rahul Gandhi has no chance against hard-working Modi: Ramachandra Guha
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Rahul Gandhi has no chance against hard-working Modi: Ramachandra Guha

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Kozhikode, January 18: In a candid statement historian Ramachandra Guha has said that a “fifth-generation dynast” Rahul Gandhi has no chance in Indian politics against a “hard-working and self-made” Narendra Modi.

Ramachandra Guha was delivering a lecture on ‘Patriotism Vs Jingoism’ on the ongoing Kerala Literature Festival (KLF). In another shocking comment, he added that Kerala did a disastrous thing by electing the Rahul Gandhi to Parliament.

Explaining the rise of Hindutva and jingoism in the country, Guha said the reduction of the Congress from a “great party”during the freedom movement to a “pathetic family firm” now is one of the reasons. “I have nothing against Rahul Gandhi personally. He is a decent fellow, very well-mannered. But young India does not want a fifth-generation dynast. If you Malyalis make the mistake of re-electing Rahul Gandhi in 2024 too, you are merely handing over an advantage to Narendra Modi,” said Guha.

“Kerala, you have done many wonderful things for India, but one of the disastrous things you did was to elect Rahul Gandhi to Parliament.” Gandhi, who in 2019 general election lost from his family bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, had won from the Wayanad seat in Kerala.

“Narendra Modi’s great advantage is that he is not Rahul Gandhi. He is self-made. He has run a state for 15 years, he has an administrative experience, he is incredibly hard-working and he never takes holidays in Europe. Believe me I am saying all this in all seriousness,” he said. But, even if Rahul Gandhi was “much more intelligent, more hard-working, never took a holiday in Europe, as a fifth-generation dynast he still will be at a disadvantage against a self-made person,” the 61-year-old author said.

He took on Congress president Sonia Gandhi too who, he said, reminded him of the “late Mughal dynasty”and how aloof they were of the state of their kingdom. “India is becoming more democratic and less feudal, and the Gandhis just don’t realise this. You (Sonia) are in Delhi, your kingdom is shrinking more and more but still your sycophants are telling you that you are still the badshah,” he said.

Further, he quoted his teacher and noted Indian sociologist Andre Beteille to describe the story of the Nehru-Gandhi family as a classic “reversal of the famous Biblical injunction”: the sins of the father will be visited upon seven successive generations.

In Nehru’s case, it is the sins of the seven successive generations have been re-visited upon Nehru...look at the national debate today. Why is Nehru evoked everytime? Why does Modi always say Nehru ne Kashmir mein yeh kiya, China mein yeh kiya, Triple Talaq mein yeh kiya...because Rahul Gandhi is there.

“Now if Rahul Gandhi disappears, Modi has to talk about his own policies and why they failed,” he said.

Historian William Dalrymple, novelists like Benyamin, Namita Gokhale, Chetan Bhagat and journalists Karan Thapar and Rajdeep Sardesai are among the many other writers who will be attending the four-day festival.

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