Is Rahul Gandhi’s Minimum Income Guarantee His Biggest Blunder Yet?

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Is Rahul Gandhi’s Minimum Income Guarantee His Biggest Blunder Yet?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ahul Gandhi’s expression has always been a bit of a mystery to us. Is it the arrogance of a man with an unflinching belief in his entitlement? Or is it the harrowed diffidence of someone thrust into a world he did not ask for? Or – if you are a true believer in RaGa and all his glory – is it the self-assured air of a statesman both humbled by his access to power and determined to do right by it?

There used to be a time, about a decade ago, when it seemed inevitable that this carefully moulded political scion would ascend to his ordained birthright as Prime Minister. But then, his fairy-tale journey started to go off script. Scams started taking their toll on the credibility of the party and Modi – with an effective record in developing Gujarat– seemed like a much better bet for a nation looking to upscale economically.

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