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October 28, 2012               1:10 PM IST

The question has swirled around New Delhi for months: Is Rahul Gandhi, scion of India’s most powerful political family, finally poised to take on a major role in running the country’s government?

The answer, apparently, is no. India announced a leadership reshuffle on Sunday that brought several new faces into ministerial positions, but Mr. Gandhi wasn’t among them.

The 42-year-old, a descendant of three past prime ministers, is a general secretary in the ruling Congress party. He has long been viewed as a prime-minister-in-waiting and is widely seen as the face of the Congress party as national elections approach in 2014.

But political analysts say Mr. Gandhi may be running out of time to make himself a credible candidate by showing voters he’s willing to take on real governing duties. “If you’re projected as a prime minister candidate and you don’t take responsibility, that doesn’t say a lot about you,” said Pradip Datta, a political science professor at Delhi University. “It can be interpreted that you don’t want responsibility.”

A representative for Mr. Gandhi didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

The Congress party-led coalition government badly needs an image makeover after a two-year stretch when it has presided over a dramatic downshift in economic growth, exacerbated by a battery of corruption scandals. The national mood has improved somewhat after a series of recent policy overhauls meant to jumpstart foreign capital flows and shore up the nation’s finances, including one that opened India to investments from international supermarkets.

The Cabinet reshuffle this weekend was an attempt to inject some new blood in the top ranks, while filling several posts that came open after a death, a resignation and the withdrawal of a key ally, the Trinamool Congress party, from the ruling coalition.

For a while, it looked likely Mr. Gandhi would be in the mix. Speculation mounted in recent months that he was set to take on a larger role in the government or the party after years of focusing on party-building activities in the Congress’s youth wing. Congress officials are well aware of the power of Mr. Gandhi’s name – his father, grandmother, and great grandfather were all prime ministers of India and in many corners of the country their populist legacy continues to resonate. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, is president of the Congress party, which runs the coalition government in New Delhi.

In July, Digvijay Singh, a top Congress official, said Mr. Gandhi would take on greater duties within a few months. Mr. Gandhi himself echoed that sentiment in an interview to NDTV news channel, saying he planned to play a “more pro-active role in the party and government” but the timing was up to his “two bosses” – his mother and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The prime minister told reporters in August he would “welcome him in government,” and previously said he had offered Mr. Gandhi opportunities to join the Cabinet.

“He has shunned posts in the government. He has tried to learn the ropes by working in the Congress party – he hasn’t been particularly successful,” said Prem Shankar Jha, a political analyst and former Indian newspaper editor. Mr. Jha said it is “now or never” for Mr. Gandhi to make his move if he aspires to the highest office.

Mr. Gandhi’s intentions in politics are hard to discern. At times he appears withdrawn from the policy debates raging in Parliament, missing in action precisely when the Congress is desperate for a strong voice to counter the opposition. He hasn’t spelled out positions on many major issues India faces. But he has been vocal on select issues like land rights for farmers and tribal populations and drug use among youth. And he led the Congress’s campaign efforts in Uttar Pradesh’s assembly elections earlier this year, where the party made disappointingly small gains.

Even Mr. Gandhi’s supporters acknowledge he’s had some communications missteps. Last year, after farmers clashed with police in a land acquisition protest, he claimed there was a 70-foot pile of ashes in their village – suggesting it was a mound of burned corpses. But Congress officials later said Mr. Gandhi was mistaken and was only repeating false information someone else had given him. “There can’t be a bigger blunder than that,” Mr. Jha said.

At the height of the government’s standoff last year with activist Anna Hazare, who was demanding swift passage of legislation to create an anti-corruption watchdog agency, Mr. Gandhi gave a speech advocating a constitutional amendment to address the issue – a proposal that puzzled many observers because it would be a long, drawn-out process that was unlikely to resolve the immediate crisis. His idea didn’t get any traction.

from:  http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2012/10/28/rahul-gandhi-mia/

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Rahul Gandhi was born on June 19th, 1970 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahul_Gandhi

June 19th, 1970

6 + 19 +1+9+7+0 = 42 = his life lesson = Everybody loves Rahul.

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June 19th, 1970

6 + 19 = 25 = his core number =  Activist.  Advocate.  Movements.  Rooting for the underdog.

Knight of Wands Tarot card

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June 19th, 1970

19 +1+9+7+0 = 36 = his “secret” number = Managing.  Having his work cut out for him.

Ten of Wands Tarot card

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June 19th, 1970

June 19th

6 + 19 +2+0+1+2 = 30 = his personal year (from June 19th, 2012 to June 18th, 2013) = Quality of life.

30 year + 12 (December) = 42 = his personal month (from December 19th, 2012 to January 18th, 2013) = Relationships.  Everybody loves Rahul.

[When his number (42 (his life lesson)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So December 19th, 2012 to January 18th, 2013 will be HIS month!!!]

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Rahul Gandhi: The future of Indian politics turns 41

2010-06-28 15:10:00

The mobile phone of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was stolen from his checked-in baggage at the Delhi Airport last week, after he arrived here from London.

The handset was, however, found a couple of days later from a baggage handler working at the IGI, airport sources said.

Rahul noticed that his handset was missing from his bag after he returned home from the airport and informed the officials of the Special Protection Group, which guards him.

The SPG then contacted the CISF, which in turn started a quiet investigation and reviewed the close-circuit TV footage, the sources said.

Rahul Gandhi: The future of Indian politics

The technical surveillance carried out by the CISF helped them detect the lost mobile phone.

The CISF personnel identified two baggage handlers as suspects and questioned them. One of them accepted that he had stolen the phone from the baggage and handed it over to the security personnel, the sources said.

No case was lodged in the incident as it would have brought the matter into limelight, they said, adding that the instrument contained personal and official numbers and other information related to Gandhi.

The sources, however, refused to give details about the flight Gandhi took or the date and time he arrived here from London citing security reasons.

Congress workers celebrate Rahul’s birthday

They said such incidents were now occurring frequently at the IGI Airport and steps were being taken to contain them.

“We have taken the matter seriously. We have spoken to the airport authorities and the airlines regarding background checks before recruiting baggage handlers,” the sources said.

from:  http://publication.samachar.com/topstorytopmast.php?sify_url=http://sify.com/news/rahul-gandhi-s-mobile-phone-stolen-at-igi-airport-found-later-news-national-kg2pkceadbf.html

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Rahul Gandhi was born on June 19th, 1970 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahul_Gandhi

June 19th

6 + 19 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = his personal year (from June 19th, 2010 to June 18th, 2011)

28 year + 6 (June) = 34 = his personal month (from June 19th, 2010 to July 18th, 2010) = Communication difficulties.

34 month + 27 (27th of the month on Sunday June 27th, 2010) = 61 = his personal day = Theft.  Return of stolen property.

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