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A New Hope: The Congress Edition

The Congress does have a youth leader. Jyotiraditya Scindia. (Psst: He’s only 45)

December 17, 2016
Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, by Remy Steinegger, CC BY

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, by Remy Steinegger, CC BY

One of the most enduring questions faced by the Congress is: Holi kab hai?

My bad. That was a typo.

So, yes, who should Congress look upto, considering Rahul Gandhi has flickered on and off more times than that streetlamp on your road? There is one credible alternative, and while he is getting press, the nation needs to know him better. So, here, in support of his impeccable qualifications for the job, I present his achievements. Presenting: Jyotiraditya Scindia!

Comes from royalty!

Which is infinitely more cooler too! Do you know that there is said to be a curse on the Scindia royal family, whereby no king would have more than one son, and would also die by 55 years of age?

Oh ya, the royal family.

The Wikipedia entry traces them back to 1731, when Ranoji Scindia, a Maratha from Satara, began consolidating his power in the area around Gwalior and Ujjain. His son, Mahadji Scindia even defeated the British in 1781. At the end of the day, they signed a treaty with the British; in recognition of their soldiers during World War 1, the British gave them a permanent 21-gun salute. It is a quite storied family history, with adoptions, a broken-off engagement, a part in the 1857 mutiny and the likes.

Can be the Indian answer to Justin Trudeau.

Quick question: who is the best looking Member of Parliament? Another question: thought of anyone apart from the one in the image above? The fact that he is married and has a son & a daughter help in giving him a family image too. Sure, he may not meet camping families while shirtless, but hey, better than the others we have, right?

Has survived at the BCCI

After losing the BCCI elections for Central Zone vice-president, became head of the finance committee at BCCI. Is also the head of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA). While the MPCA has agreed to comply with the Lodha Committee rules, the head himself has completed 9 years out of the 10 that the Lodha Committee has stipulated. Sticky wicket, but he will get out of it as the winner. Bet.

Has a much more interesting family feud

The aunt, Vasundhra Raje is the chief minister of Rajasthan. The BJP Chief Minister. There are two other aunts in the picture. His grandmother publicly disowned his father, and gave away all rights of the property to his aunts. Mr. Jyotiraditya has himself challenged this in court. There is even a man, believed by the common public to have been the reason behind the feud between the grandmother and the father. And oh, the people adored them (still do; four time-MP, Jyotiraditya Scindia is).

The things they are fighting over, include: a number of palaces and mansions and prime property, like the Jai Vila Palace, and..just read this:

an emerald Shiva lingam, larger than an egg; gold tongue scrapers; a vault full of jewelry encrusted with rubies, diamonds and pearls; a sterling silver bathtub set on a leaping fish; an apple orchard in the Himalayas; more than 200 acres of prime real estate in New Delhi; and a huge crystal chandelier from Vienna so heavy that a ramp was built to the roof that was to hold it so elephants could parade across it to test the roof’s strength.

Beat that.

Doesn’t have Internet trolls behind him. Yet.

We believe this qualification is self-explanatory. Ah, well.  Have a link.

Public speaking skills.

Can speak at rallies.

 

Can speak well in Parliament too.

Has respectable attendance. And also takes parts in debates. And asks questions. A very good report card, especially when compared with present candidate.

Dear Indian National Congress, we hope you will consider this humble request. I still believe that there is a better future for you, one that does not involve you becoming a museum exhibit for the next generation.


About the author: Hitesh Shetty
Dreams of writing a bestseller and changing the world. When awake, tries to figure out how to do both.

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