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Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi are seen as the two rival contenders to lead India in the next decade. While media attention is focused on the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, analysts with a long term perspective are looking at how India will move along till 2024. Irrespective of the outcome of the 2014 elections, the Rahul versus Modi narrative will remain an integral part of popular debate and controversy in the next decade. This promises to be a truly fascinating and often emotional battle as the two fight to capture the heart, mind and soul of Indian citizens and voters. In the electoral arena, the battles will decide the future of the two major parties, the Congress and the BJP as well as the many regional parties across India. But as the suggested title of the book indicates, this battle goes well beyond electoral outcomes and acrimonious media debates. The sudden emergence of Arvind Kejriwal with his Aam Aadmi Party has compelled many analysts to wonder if this "Third Force" could upset the political landscape of the country.
The book will factor the Arvind factor though the longer term consequences of the emergence of AAP are still not very clear. The party could become a formidable force; it could also implode because of internal contradictions. The book will argue that Modi and Rahul matter more as symbols than individual leaders. They represent two divergent ideas of India which have been in conflict since 1947. This divergence goes beyond the popular debate over Secularism versus Communalism. It is reflected in a difference in fundamental attitudes towards the role of the State; the ideological contours of economic policy making, the rapidly changing aspirations of the emerging 'neo middle' class and the role of social & political institutions in channeling change in India. Since 1947, public discourse as well as policy making has been dominated by the so called Nehruvian Consensus which is an article of faith for the Left-Liberal media and academic Establishment. Even Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first and only BJP Prime Minister of India by and large learnt to operate within the confines of this Consensus. Narendra Modi is the first mass leader to openly challenge this idea of India. It is the seriousness and credibility of this challenge that makes the Rahul versus Modi battle so intense and acrimonious. And also because the issues involved will directly affect the future of India.