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How the “War Against Terror” can be won in 15 minutes

Following up on Why the “War Against Terror” cannot be won by guns alone

Full credit for alerting me to this goes to borneveryday.

Sh Rahul Gandhi, quoted in a report in DNA India:

I am confident that this country can take on terrorism. Defeating it is no problem. If we empower those people in villages, we can sit back, relax and we will destroy terrorism in 15 minutes,” Gandhi told a press conference here (New Delhi).

Just to satisfy myself that this was not some kind of a joke, I did some quick googling and found this news-item on three separate sites (all identical). In case you want to double-check, here are the links to ExpressIndia.com and IndianExpress.com.


I really hope that:

  • EITHER this was said in light-hearted manner 
  • OR he has been mis-quoted (e.g. like this one time) and/or mis-understood
  • OR this is a massive (belated) April Fool’s joke….
  • OR the handiwork of a strange virus that spoofs important people’s utterances

Oh and just in case, this disappears into a black hole, I am preserving two screenshots for posterity.



P.S. I am now wondering where did I go wrong?

Also read:

Why the “War Against Terror” cannot be won by guns alone  

Tackling Terrorism: One Step at a Time 

and on a related note: On track for 7, Race Course Rd and Re-assessing Rahul Gandhi

May 5th, 2009 Posted by | Politics and Governance in India, Quotes, Terrorism in India | 17 comments


  1. This was probably said in all seriousness. And by a leader who is projected as the probable next PM of India. We should be very afraid…

    Comment by manju | May 5, 2009

  2. I had a good laugh. Biggest joke of the election season. My views, Rahul is not serious about politics or terrorism. He just wannabe PM. Sit back and relax!

    Comment by Indian | May 6, 2009

  3. Are we surprised? Just like they sat back, relaxed and in Shivraj Patil’s case changed clothes 3 times during over 45 terrorist attacks in 5 years. Or as in Raul Vinci’s case partied till 5 AM in the morning while the nation mourned 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he is serious.

    Comment by blogger | May 6, 2009

  4. You cannot make a ready mix idli , dosa or Vad pav in 15 mins. Leave alone this serious issue.

    Comment by gajanan | May 6, 2009

  5. utter blunder statement by him. Thanks to Indian media for highlighting Gandhi family to extemes. We have such a good product now to endorse. Stop terrorism in 15 minutes..rahul why not in 10 minutes.
    i give u 20 minutes. go to kashmir and stop it..

    if you cannot, go back to your italy

    Comment by mahesh | May 6, 2009

  6. Hear it here


    *** NOTE by MODERATOR ***

    The particular portion starts at 3.30minutes into the video. Thanks Anon.

    Comment by anon | May 6, 2009

  7. *** COMMENT EDITED ***

    Actually the character of Sunny Deol from the film Gadar was actually based on Rahul Gandhi. Believe it or not :)

    *** NOTE by B Shantanu ***

    DD: You have been running a blog long enough to know which bit crossed the line…Perhaps your passion got the better of you?!

    Comment by Dirt Digger | May 7, 2009

  8. @ Comment 7.

    Now I’m really curious to know what DD said and why he thinks Sunny Deol’s character in Gadar was based on Raoul Vinci… was that a sarcastic remark?

    Comment by CC | May 7, 2009

  9. Everytime Rahul Gandhi opens his mouth he embarrasses himself. Sometimes I really feel sorry for the guy. He would have wanted to go about his life being the wastrel that he is, but I guess he needed a constant source of income too. ‘Foren’ girlfriends are high maintenance.

    Besides, the real reason why his family is hell bent on pushing this novice into politics is so that they can safeguard their millions stashed away in swiss banks or elsewhere. If they are not in power, then they cannot hold on to this illicit money for long.

    But what gets me the most is that he thinks he is ready to be the PM of a country without ever having worked hard to learn the ropes “before” he jumped into politics. He wants to learn *on the job* and build his (in)experience at OUR expense? That’s atrocious!!

    But do we have anyone to blame but ourselves? Everyone starting with the ‘elite snobs’, the pseudo-intellectuals, the B-town clowns, all the way to silly giggling teens who drool over this parasite and think appointing him as the youth icon makes them sound smart.

    Comment by CC | May 7, 2009

  10. @ CC: Watch out for Priyanka…She is the wild card…

    Comment by B Shantanu | May 7, 2009

  11. ACtually Rahul Gandhi is right!.The war against terror can be won in i5 minutes. All that he had to do is to edit Quran to take out the violent pasages and re-educate Muslims in only gentler verses.

    Comment by Mahendra | May 7, 2009

  12. Sorry Shantanu, when such people are being portrayed as future PM’s and such, it gets under my nerves that people have to suffer even after gettin Independence.
    Sorry about that.

    Comment by Dirt Digger | May 12, 2009

  13. Its OK DD. Thanks for your understanding…

    Comment by B Shantanu | May 12, 2009

  14. May be not empowering villagers – that not possible in 15 mins flat.
    May be he means “enlighten” all Indian villagers :) to that religion of peace . All problems will be solved in 5 mins!!

    Comment by Vikram Cavale | September 2, 2009

  15. Convert all Hindus to christianity or Islam and that is how he might be feeling what an empowerment is about.

    Is there any way through which we can have debates of these people on some topics? So that we can come to know whether any one of them is eligible to become a Sarapanch first leave apart MLA or M.

    Jai Hind!

    Comment by संदीप नारायण शेळके | October 12, 2009

  16. No wonder they call him “Pappu” and the “clown prince”

    Comment by Dinesh Chanchalani | December 8, 2010

  17. Congress has been in power for most of the past decade. Why have the villages not been empowered by now? You could even start with providing basic sanitary/road/clean water infrastructure to them.

    Comment by YD | December 8, 2010

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