I read with interest in your Sept. 22 issue the summary of Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to UC Berkeley’s South Asia Center. During my reading of the writeup it became obvious as I read along that it was quite generous towards Gandhi, to say the least.

If one examines the last three years after Congress’s colossal defeat by the BJP, I have not read or heard of any open postmortem that the party leadership has conducted to understand its massive loss. We have not seen any major changes in leadership roles. As an obvious example, we have not seen a very competent and extremely articulate and a well-read person like Shashi Tharoor being given any key role to revive the party.

This is an excellent indicator of dynastic politics ignoring real talent within Congress. Since 2014, the Congress has lost control of state after state governments and to brag about becoming the prime minister after two years is totally a pipe dream rhetoric that I would wish writer Amulya Ganguli would have reported on more critically.

Bipin Shah

Lafayette, Calif.

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