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

5 May 2009 818 views 17 Comments

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


  • 1. manju said:

    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…

  • 2. Indian said:

    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!

  • 3. blogger said:

    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.

  • 4. gajanan said:

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

  • 5. mahesh said:

    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

  • 6. anon said:

    Hear it here


    *** NOTE by MODERATOR ***

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

  • 7. Dirt Digger said:

    *** 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?!

  • 8. CC said:

    @ 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?

  • 9. CC said:

    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.

  • 10. B Shantanu (author) said:

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

  • 11. Mahendra said:

    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.

  • 12. Dirt Digger said:

    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.

  • 13. B Shantanu (author) said:

    Its OK DD. Thanks for your understanding…

  • 14. Vikram Cavale said:

    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!!

  • 15. संदीप नारायण शेळके said:

    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!

  • 16. Dinesh Chanchalani said:

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

  • 17. YD said:

    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.

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