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Rahul Gandhi’s 6 big lies on the Rafale deal

Author: Vivek Agnihotri
Publication: Yahoo India
Date: November 14, 2018
URL:      https://in.news.yahoo.com/rahul-gandhis-6-big-lies-rafale-deal-114435292.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=tw

Failing is not a sin. Losing and election is not the end.

In fact, most of the success stories are built on failures. Real heroes and true leaders have emerged only when they were wounded and were left alone to die.

Why then does Rahul Gandhi believe he cannot succeed? The defeat in 2014 elections reduced the Grand Old Party of India – the Congress, to being a non-player and everyone wrote its obituary.

Sonia Gandhi couldn’t lead it anymore because of her failing health. Manmohan Singh never had a political base. Young leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia or Sachin Pilot were immediate threats to Rahul Gandhi. Handing over the rein to them would have meant the end of Gandhi dynasty. Seniors like Digvijay or Chidambaram were too smart for the dynasty to trust. Despite being a novice without any idea about India, it’s culture, the people and political dynamics of caste, region and religion, Rahul Gandhi was made the president of a fragile Congress.

This was a brilliant opportunity for Rahul to rebuild the party with a long-term goal of not 2019 but of 2024. He could have built a strong team of young leaders with original ideas, keeping the senior leaders with political experience to guide him. He could have been a young leader whose constituency would have been built on integrity and new politics.

Instead he chose to cover up his weaknesses by surrounding himself with people who played the role of an echo-chamber geared to just please and protect him – from the truth. I am sure when Rahul started his heart wanted to bring in new politics.

But he lost to a coterie.

Defeated leaders, unless they are courageous, start focusing on their rival’s strengths rather than their own. Rahul Gandhi misunderstood Narendra Modi’s historical win as a function of a social media campaign. Plus, he was made to believe that Bofors and all other scams like 2G, CWG, etc., were the opposition’s (the Bharatiya Janata Party’s) imagination.

Some of Rahul’s advisors convinced him that BJP built on telling a lie hundred times and the people of India are such fools that they believed in lies, and therefore, voted for Modi.

Nobody told him that Modi had immense experience, a successful track record and very high credibility. Modi is a great orator. Gandhi is not. Modi had a vision for India. Rahul Gandhi himself doesn’t have any vision or the political acumen to be able to differentiate between sycophancy and sincere advice. He fell for sycophancy because there weren’t any sincere advisors.

He hired some people as his speech writers who believe in telling lies — must be hard-core Congress loyalists. Rahul Gandhi started with small lies, more like exaggerations, but he was told by his coterie that he is making inroads in realpolitik, to give him confidence.

Congress started pumping all its money into buying bots, creating a team of photoshop artists and collecting paid crowds for Rahul’s public rallies. What no one told him that on social media you can have millions of followers but you may not be their leader.

Nobody did any analysis whether his followers believe in him or are there only to be entertained by him. A fake world of popularity was created like the famous Jim Carrey movie ‘The Truman Show’.

When Rahul’s rhetoric failed, he used exaggerations. When exaggerations failed, he was given the crutches of lies. When lies started failing, he started building fake stories. And when this strategy also failed, he became abusive, calling the prime minister a thief.

What Rahul Gandhi doesn’t realise is that he can never win against Narendra Modi on the charges of corruption. He must try a different strategy. Only if he has one.

Today, Rahul Gandhi stands for nothing. His politics has turned into lies, lies and more lies. Let’s look at Rahul’s bundle of lies on the Rafale deal:

1. Rahul Gandhi said that making Reliance an offset partner was a tradeoff for Dassault to get the deal with India: Rahul claimed this was said by Dassault. The truth is that Dassault never said choosing Reliance was mandatory. Only thing mandatory was the offsets clause, not any specific company. India wanted Dassault to fulfil certain offsets obligations so that the deal can go through. To fulfil offset obligations, Dassault was free to choose whoever they wished to deal with.
 
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