For several hours today it looked like Rahul Gandhi might lose his parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh. As the vote count in India’s election stretched into the afternoon, he edged ahead, but the message was clear: The Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence had lost its allure.
Standing beside his mother at the headquarters of India’s ruling Congress party after getting thumped in state elections two days ago, Rahul Gandhi again promised to overhaul the country’s oldest political vehicle.
Rahul Gandhi is poised to lead India if the ruling Congress party wins the next election after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signaled his support for the next member of the country’s famed political dynasty.
India’s Rahul Gandhi will hold a rally tomorrow at the site of an aluminum refinery of Vedanta Resources Plc , whose plan to mine bauxite in the area was rejected as a threat to local tribes and the environment.
India's finance minister, the veteran politician Pranab Mukherjee, 76, tendered his resignation last week after three years in office. This was his second term in that post -- he first served from 1982 to 1984 -- an extraordinary feat of political endurance, as well as a study in contrasts between the challenges of running the economy in pre- and post-liberalization India.