Rhetoric and reality

Print edition : February 22, 2013

Rahul Gandhi gives his maiden speech as Congress vice-president in Jaipur. Photo: PTI

West Bengal Youth Congress president Mausam Benazir Noor during an election campaign. Photo: PTI

Rahul Gandhi addressing an election rally with Ravneet Singh Bittu, Punjab Youth Congress president, in Mohali on May 9, 2009. Photo: AKHILESH KUMAR

Rajiv Satav (left), president, and Nadeem Javed, general secretary of the All India Youth Congress, during a rally in Kolkata. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Can Rahul Gandhi transform the Congress by making it an open system that encourages initiative and talent? His track record as Youth Congress general secretary is no cause for such optimism.
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