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Why Rahul Gandhi won’t join government

Posted on: July 4, 2013

Power without accountability, which Rahul Gandhi enjoys at present by virtue of being Sonia Gandhi’s son, is not a new concept. It was there in ancient times also as this dialogue from a 5th century BC Greek play shows:

I have no wish to be a king when I can act as one without a throne. And any man would feel the same, if he were wise. I share with you a king’s prerogatives, yet you alone must face the danger lurking around the throne. If I were king, I would have to act in many ways against my pleasure. What added benefit kingship could hold when I have rank and rule without the threat of pain? I am not deluded – no, I would not look for honours beyond the ones which profit me. I have the favour of every man; each greets me first when he would hope to have your favour. Why should I exchange this for a throne? Only a fool would.

–Creon, kin of the ruler of Thebes, in Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles (496 BC–406 BC). The English translation is by Luci Berkowitz and Theodore F. Brunner.


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Outright Perilous!

An egoist as the head of the government is bad enough. An egotist is a nuisance as his constant chant of I…, I…., I….. jars on the listeners’ years. But when he loses touch with the reality and starts believing his imaginary achievements to be his real achievements, that’s outright perilous.

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