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Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU), New Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra- Beyond the Political?

It is now widely agreed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has shed his earlier image of ‘Pappu’ that included being a reluctant politician, being indifferent and also perhaps a tad incompetent. All that has changed for good but it’s not yet clear what his new image is. What is the new space that he can carve out to earn trust and credibility? The Bharat Jodo Yatra is pitched to be only partially political in the sense of not aiming exclusively at electoral outcomes. The yatra and Gandhi’s speeches have expanded the meaning and purpose of ‘politics’ beyond electoralism.