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In another highlight of his otherwise fledgling political career, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was at his best in front of a predominantly American crowd at the University of California, Berkeley earlier this week, where he, apart from raising a number of important questions, also invoked the idea of dynasty and called it a pan-Indian phenomenon that could be found as much in Bollywood as in politics.

Rahul Gandhi comes from a family of former prime ministers - his father Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi, and great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru. His mother Sonia Gandhi inherited the Congress, albeit reluctantly, more than a decade ago. Rahul's surname ensures he is all set to carry on the family legacy of leading the party for some time. At 46, he also has age on his side.

"This is a problem that is present in all political parties in India. Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. (MK) Stalin is a dynast. Mr (Prem Kumar) Dhumal's son is a dynast. Even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. Don't go after me because the entire country is running like that. That's what happens in India," he said.

As soon as Rahul made the remarks, the BJP, which differentiates itself from most political parties on........

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