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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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