Why Rahul Gandhi Must Stay Away from Sam Pitroda

Rahul Gandhi at an event organized by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in Bahrain
Rahul Gandhi at an event organized by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in Bahrain

If Rahul Gandhi really wants to save the dying Congress party, he must stay away from parasites like Pitroda.

By Rakesh Raman

Sam Pitroda was rash. He was reckless. He was repulsive. He was interruptive during Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with the locals in Bahrain. In other words, Pitroda was not only insulting Rahul Gandhi, but he was also bad to the attendees.

All this ruckus happened when Rahul Gandhi was speaking Monday at an event organized by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in Bahrain.

The Congress president was effortlessly responding to a range of public questions on transformation of Congress party, women empowerment, employment, and upcoming Lok Sabha election, but this Pitroda kept coming like a poisonous knife between Rahul Gandhi and the audience.

With his ear-piercing voice, Pitroda was cutting short the questions being asked by a very civilized crowd. With his irritating, unsolicited interruptions, Pitroda had become the bane of the entire event.

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For those who do not know about him, Pitroda’s only claim to fame is that he was working with Rahul Gandhi’s father and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi a few decades ago to build telecom infrastructure in the country. But when Pitroda failed miserably, he preferred to disappear.

As he was almost idle, he again convinced the Congress government in 2004 to head a couple of more projects such as the National Knowledge Commission and National Innovation Council which are also defunct now.

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In brief, Pitroda has hardly any knowledge that can help a reviving party like Congress to introduce a modern culture in the organization. It also appeared in the GOPIO event that Pitroda is also killing the freshness that Rahul Gandhi wants to bring to Indian politics.

If Rahul Gandhi really wants to save the dying Congress party, he must stay away from parasites like Pitroda.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. Besides working at senior editorial positions with leading media companies, he was writing an exclusive edit-page tech business column (named Technophile) regularly for The Financial Express (a daily business newspaper of The Indian Express Group).

Earlier, he had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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