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Rahul Upsets India with 'Beehive' Speech

Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family and a contestant for prime minister in 2014, on Thursday messaged a broad vision of 21st century India in his first leading speech to business leaders that evaluators called vague and wandering. Speeching a social group of Indian business tycoons in New Delhi, Gandhi did not touch on any of the matters tormenting Asia's third-largest economy such as high rising prices, retarding investment, a ballooning current account deficiency and red tape that ties up infrastructure projects for years. Rather, in a speech that was long on imagination and reports but short on specials, he called for a regenerate of the political system to better answer to the needs of India's 1.2 billion people, a closer relationship between government and big business and unleashing the prospective of the Indian "beehive". "Millions of Indians are brimfull with vigor. We are now standing on an unexampled tide of change. This enormous movement of people and ideas are going to specify this country in the 21st century," Gandhi said. The hour-long speech to the Confederation of Indian Industry, which was broadcast on all major television stations, was intimately watched by economists, diplomats and investors incisive to gain perception into the intellection of the shy and secretive 42-year-old lawmaker, who often speaks in public and avoids the limelight. "He wants to modify the political system and how it works which is a fascinating thought. But the essential part is execution about which he is unclear or does not yet have answers," said Anjali Verma, economist at PhillipCapital. The main opponent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called the speech baffled, while the top trending theme on Twitter in India while Gandhi was addressing was #PappuCII. Pappu is a disparaging colloquial Hindi word meaning "dumb kid". "I think he was very downright and made the points direct from his heart," said Rakesh Bharti Mittal, vice-chairman and managing director of Bharti Enterprises, one of India's amplest business groups, who was in the gathering. But, he added: "Finally, whoever leads the country will want an economical agenda." He offense the national estimation game over whether or not he will get along prime minister, saying: "It is all vapor. The only applicable question in this country is how can we yield our people voice. It is not crucial what Rahul Gandhi conceives, its crucial what a billion Indians think."

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