There is “no right time to tell the truth” he proudly told political rallies across Punjab and Uttar Pradesh last week
If you have in recent days started to see Rahul Gandhi in a shimmering new light, you are not alone. Since the day he described as non-sensical a law that his Mummy’s government was imposing, the aura-makers have been busy. With fine words and high interpretations they have tried to build around the Congress’s young prince an aura that they hope will make him appear like a credible future leader. So emboldened has he been by this exaltation that everywhere he goes he brings up the brief press conference that got him onto the covers of two major political weeklies and that inspired a flood of analysis about the ‘generational change’ that he is supposed to have signalled with his intervention.
There is “no right time to tell the truth” he proudly told political rallies across Punjab and Uttar Pradesh last week, and to Dalits he offered the advice that they develop the “escape velocity” of Jupiter. Even this bizarre comment has been the subject of political analysis. Was this an original thought or had he borrowed it from Harvard?
Who are the aura-makers? They are liberal, leftist political analysts who have for decades spun auras around the Gandhi family that disguise their flaws and create illusions. The aura-makers are to a man (and woman) English-speaking, middle-class, upper-caste journalists, bureaucrats and politicians who have made long and successful careers out of serving the Dynasty. Many have been so good at their job that they have garnered national awards by the dozen and when bad days come and they lose elections or jobs, it is only a matter of time before they find their way into the Rajya Sabha.
This is usually a reward for painting spectacular, shining auras around members of the Dynasty and paying unquestioning obeisance. When Sonia Gandhi renounced accountability, but not political power, by anointing Dr Manmohan Singh Prime Minister in her place, she was exalted as the goddess of sacrifice. And, when Rajiv Gandhi bankrupted India with reckless, ill-conceived economic policies, he was praised as the hero of economic reform. Indira Gandhi to this day is portrayed as the defender of the poor, even though in the 20 years she ruled India most Indians remained as poor and illiterate as they ever were and her policies at the same