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Party President in Search of a Party

Letter from Rahul Gandhi

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My Dear Members of the Congress party,

Since I became the president of this coveted, but contemporarily much maligned and mauled party, I have been wanting to talk to you and share my many dilemmas. With some improvement, the performance in the Gujarat elections and the latest wins in the Rajasthan by-elections, the hope of reviving the party remains. Hence this letter. You see, writing letters is a kind of family trait. My great grandfather had a penchant for writing letters. I am imitating him in the hope that I shall be able to emulate him in thought, ideas and deeds. I am confounded with the over-articulate adversary who pours out his heart regularly on the All India Radio (AIR). I cannot complain about this because I do recall the extravagant use of AIR that my grandmother made when she was in office. So, I am taking recourse to this outdated art of letter-writing. I wrote one on the occasion of the Republic Day this year. I have found out from my travels in Gujarat that it is easier to talk to ordinary men and women than to talk to my own party members. For one, party members are mostly invisible these days and if I do find them, they are hardly in the habit of listening to anything serious in nature. They also find it hard to take me seriously because they look upon me more as a figurehead than as a leader.

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Updated On : 14th Feb, 2018

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