A comeback speech by the former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro made the news a year ago. And this week it was the turn of Sonia Gandhi to make a comeback speech.
The occasion was the Youth Congress convention in New Delhi and marked her first speech since undergoing surgery in the USA in August.
Members of the Party’s youth wing had expected Party President Sonia Gandhi to speak about her son, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi…perhaps confirming him as the next Prime Minister. But it was not to be.
Listened to by her son and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, her speech outlined the achievements of the Congress Party and explained how much there was still to do.
Was there a theme to this speech? Yes–the drive against corruption–that was addressed throughout her speech.
The government is working on a variety of legislation which will systematically fight corruption.
Her speech wasn’t colourful. Nor was her style. Yes, there were some rhetorical devices, such as…
Politics is not about exerting power or influence, it is about building a better world.
But they were few in number.
This was a measured, assured speech to mark Sonia Gandhi’s return to political leadership of the Congress Party.
It was neither the time nor the place to anoint Rahul Gandhi as heir apparent. Such a note to her speech would have been in sharp contrast to the anti-corruption theme in her words. And the Party president knew that full well.
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