What Rahul Gandhi can learn from Brad Pitt

In Steven Soderbergh‘s Ocean’s Twelve, there is this brief interlude between Linus Caldwell and Rusty Ryan (played by Brad Pitt) at the railway station:

Linus: Hey, can I ask you something? You ever notice that…

Rusty: If you’re gonna ask if you can ask me a question, give me time to respond. Unless you’re asking rhetorically, in which case the answer is obvious – yes.

Rahul Gandhi may be no Pitt, but he seems to be mastering the art of asking questions for which the answer seems to be obvious to everybody but the heir apparent.

Exactly five months ago, upon his debut at the AICC, he said that if the Congress needed to become a party that represents the youth of the country, it needed to do two things, the second of which was to build a “meritocratic organisation“—oblivious to the fact that a first-time MP wouldn’t have made it to the AICC in a meritocracy.

Mystery repeats itself. During his visit to Chamarajanagar yesterday, he said:

“When there is democracy in the poll booth, why does it not exist in political parties?”

Which prompts PRITHVI DATTA CHANDRA SHOBHI to write from Oakland, California:

Of all the people, when Rahul Gandhi asks this question, should we laugh or cry?

If he is being sincere, then Rahul is only demonstrating his ignorance and lack of intelligence. But then his father too delivered a famous speech in the 1985 Congress centenary celebrations in Bombay decrying corruption.

Still as questions go, this is an easy one to answer.

But who will tell Rahul Gandhi that the Nehru-Gandhi family is primarily responsible for the death of intra-party democracy in Congress, which has proven to be the paradigm for all the other political parties.

Funny. If only Congress had enough democracy to allow its leader to be told that his family is responsible for some of the ills that the party and the nation suffer from!