2.Belongs to the oldest political party that played a historic role in the fight for India’s independence and that has produced more national and political icons than any other political party in India.
3.Belongs to a party that has a much larger reservoir of GenNext youthful figures and minds than any other party.
4.Belongs to a party that still has a modicum of idealism as a motivating factor. One has to search in vain for the slightest trace of idealism in other political parties, which are largely cynical seekers of power.
5.Belongs to a party that gave two electrifying slogans that brought many of us under its flag in our youth--- “Quit India” under Mahatma Gandhi and “Garibi Hatao” under Indira Gandhi.
6.Belongs to a party that enjoys more the empathy of the minorities than any other political party.
7. Belongs to the only political party that has a pan-Indian presence, mind-set and impact.
1.His perceived inability to do any original thinking and come out with any original ideas on the problems confronting India and on the issues of concern to the youth.
2.His public image of diffidence and lacking in thoughtful impulses.
3.His political and policy impulses are yet to be demonstrated and felt.
4.His perceived image of a leader lacking in seriousness of thought and action.
5.When one meets Rahul Gandhi face to face, he doesn’t leave a lasting impact on one’s mind.
6.His weaknesses in articulation and his perceived inability to establish thought-provoking vibrations either with the public or the media. No political leader can succeed unless he is able to make an impact on the minds of the public and the media.
7.When Indira Gandhi entered politics under Jawaharlal Nehru and the Government under Lal Bahadur Shastri and when Rajiv Gandhi entered politics under Indira and the Government after her assassination, they did not have to face the kind of intense media scrutiny that Rahul Gandhi faces today. He cannot expect to make an impact on the media and on the public by continuing to keep away from the media.
8.His inability and that of his party to understand the new Youth Power of the online world and establish a mental equation with it.
9 His couldn’t care less attitude and that of his party towards the old, new and constantly evolving media is proving counter-productive. The Media Power to make and unmake images is little understood in the Congress Party.
10.The failure of his selective forays into politics--- whether in UP, Bihar or elsewhere. Nothing succeeds like success and nothing fails like failure.
11.His inability and that of Sonia Gandhi to build up a team of competent political, economic, foreign policy and national security advisers in the party.
1.Energise the GenNext of the party, give them roles that would excite them and insist on performance.
2.Build up a team of competent advisers and encourage and motivate them to identify issues that need urgent attention and come out with workable ideas as to how to deal with those issues.
3. Give new goalposts for the party and the people such as “Corruption Hatao”, “Make The Public Places Safe For Women” etc and work sincerely towards achieving them. Mobilise youth and women power for achieving them.
4.Modernise media relations. Be more available for on-the-record interactions with the media. Make yourself accessible to the TV media which plays a more important role in building images and perceptions of clear thinking and energetic leadership than any other section of the media. Pay more attention to the New Youth Power of the online world.
5.Travel more frequently in India and to countries where the Indian diaspora is playing an active role in trying to influence political thought and action in India through the Internet.
6. Improve your style of articulation and public speaking.
7.Pronounce yourself more frequently and more impactfully on issues of national interest in the public and parliament and through the media.
1. Don’t get obsessed with NaMo. Ignore him. Let others in the party counter him.
2. Don’t take over the leadership for campaigning in the forthcoming State elections as in Gujarat. Designate others in the Party to do that and guide them.( 21-7-12)
( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate, Chennai Centre For China Studies. E-Mail: email@example.com . Twitter: @SORBONNE75 )