Himat Bahadur Singh recalls when former India Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi promised his village a bridge that would allow easy access to a community on the other side of the river. Thirty years later, he’s still waiting.
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.