ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Painless Induction

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Grams Econweekly Editor Krishna Raj Associate Editor Rajani X Desai Assistant Editors M S Prabhakar Gautam Navlakha Editorial Staff K Vijayakumar, A A Dalvi Manager S Nagarajan Advertisment Manager R Venkiteswaran Painless Induction THE most curious spectacle of the formal entry of Rajiv Gandhi into politics as the Congress (I) candidate for the Amethi parliamentary seat in next month's by-election is the studied build up he has received as a 'reluctant candidate', though everything that preceded his open emergence as a prospective Congress politician suggested that the whole excise had been carefully prepared and rehearsed to the last detail. The postponement of the by-elections to prepare the ground for his entry, the publicised 'non-political' exposures that he has received in the last few month-, the seemingly casual mention in newspapers of this or that state leader calling upon Rajiv Gandhi while on a visit to the capital all these suggest that there was no lack of deliberation in the whole exercise. Indeed, ever since the mandatory period of mourning and public grief for the death of Sanjay Gandhi was over, the prime minister's elder son has been quite openly engaged in politics, even while holding on to his job in the government and denying all political ambitions. But this 'uncertainty' was dictated only by considerations of the opportune moment to enter the Congress 'in the service of the people'.

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