Can Rahul Gandhi Help in Decreasing Scams In India

Few in New Delhi have ever seen more of Rahul Gandhi then they’ve seen this week. The five-o’ clock shadow of the young political scion adorns billboards throughout India’s capital, heralding his anointment on Sunday as the Congress Party’s new Vice President. That the 42-year-old was being groomed to lead the party alongside his Italian-born mother and party president Sonia Gandhi has been a foregone conclusion for years in India. But as he slid into position for what is bound to be a grueling campaign ahead of national elections in 2014, the speech he gave at a party powwow in Jaipur this weekend was a rare and emotional commitment to the path that was laid out for him when he was born into India’s greatest political family. “The Congress Party is now my life. The people of India are my life,” Gandhi said. “And I will fight for the people of India and for this party. I will fight with everything I have.”

It is going to be a tough one. It has been a tumultuous couple of years for the current Congress-led government, bookended by massive anticorruption protests in early 2011 and the recent wave of demonstrations over women’s rights after a brutal gang rape in New Delhi. In between, the Congress-led coalition has faced concerns at home and abroad over the health of the nation’s economy as GDP growth has dipped below 6%, and long periods of so-called policy paralysis in which a fractious Parliament spent more time bickering than passing the many laws that would bring economic and social reform the country needs. Where should Gandhi begin to convince voters that Congress is still the party to be running the country? Source

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