Lessons from Canada for Clown Prince Rahul


Lessons from Canada for Clown Prince Rahul

Illustration: Sushant Ahire/ Arré


ell, what do you know? It is the 47th birthday of #Forever21 Rahul Baba, the adolescent heir to India’s Grand Old Party. If there is one thing that Baba’s tenacity in Indian politics has taught us, it’s that dynasties, in spite of their considerable flaws, are not things to be scoffed at. There are signs writ large in the history of politics across the world.

This unshakable faith in a dynasty, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, is not an ailment India alone suffers from. From the Bushes to the Bhuttos, the inexplicable love for dynasties riddles the framework of governments across the globe. It’s a phenomenon that dates back to antiquity. Even in Ancient Egypt, people propped up one dynasty after another. But then again, they got the Great Pyramid out of that deal, which is not to be scoffed at.