This was meant to be a piece on the Congress party's Chitan Shivir. But it has become one on why the party has lost its "connection with the people" - these are Rahul Gandhi's words, not mine.
Prashant Kishor's grand-but-doable plan to revive the Congress before the 2024 elections requires tons of money.
Rahul Gandhi is a poor politician, an erratic communicator, doesn't understand realpolitik and is insecure about young leaders in the party who could probably do a better job of leading it.
Akhilesh is nipping at the heels of the Modi-BJP. The BJP will not make things easy for him. UP will have to be ready for daily political battles over the next two years.
Rahul Gandhi is hoping that by promoting the idea of India as a 'union of states', he can position the Congress as the central representative of regional elites.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has become what the anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss would have called a 'floating signifier' - a sign or an idea whose original content has disappeared, and it can now receive any significance.
Why did Indira Gandhi choose to erect a memorial to soldiers who had given their lives for the Bangladesh War right under the archway of that monument to the colonial army, India Gate? And why has PM Modi chosen to extinguish its fire and merge it in
This coming 'boom' will also be a bubble that will directly benefit the top 1-2% of households in India, and at best have a positive multiplier effect on the top 10%. As always, the remaining 90% will continue to barely keep their nose above water.
It is the beginning of a process to displace Gandhi as the leading figure of the national movement, and make him a dissenting fellow-traveller of Hindutva, who betrayed it at the last moment by agreeing to Partition.
The money needs to go to those who need it the most, it needs to be spent on sectors that generate the maximum employment. Otherwise, it will end up lining the pockets of the wealthy and increasing India's incredible inequality.
If the Congress wants support from India's ruling elite and a section of the country's big business houses, it will have to ring-fence Rahul with a set of faces that are more acceptable to those who hold money and power.
For PM Modi, the West Bengal elections will be a wake-up call. This is a major setback, which has to be tackled immediately.