Rahul Gandhi (left) surely has won over the Akmal brothers © Getty Image/Umar Akmal
Rahul Gandhi (left) surely has won over the Akmal brothers © Getty Image/Umar Akmal

Social media is ruthless. They love to target pappus, and ensure they are trolled time and again. Rahul Gandhi is one of the favourite recipients. If anything, he had found a permanent place in social trends.

Rahul’s speech over being a ‘dynast’ created lot of controversies. While addressing the students in University of California, Rahul said last week: “Most parties in India have that problem (being run by dynasties). So…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast…even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. So that’s how India runs. So don’t get after me because that’s how India runs. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So that’s what happens in India.”

Akhilesh supported his friend: “Had he been asked about US politics, he would have mentioned said that in America there was a president whose son also became a president. Then there was one president, whose wife also wanted to be a president. There are number of such examples in world democracy.”

Our source tells us that the likes of Tendulkars and Dhonis are relieved to hear this. Sachin Tendulkar, a member of Congress, hoped his son Arjun would make it to the national side based on his father’s credentials and meanwhile MS Dhoni has already started training little Ziva to take over from Mithali Raj. And here is how the Akmals reacted to this…

India do not play Pakistan in bilateral series due to political differences. Add BJP to the equation and things just worsen. Here is one man who can mend the bridges. Unlike the not-too-approving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul has managed to win hearts across the borders. At least, one dynast family agrees to it.

Umar Akmal was severely trolled for sharing a picture with his brother Kamran, asking fans if they want this ‘jodi’ back.

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“Nothing wrong in being dynasts: it should be either Akmals or no one keeping wickets for Pakistan. We need more thinkers like Mr Rahul Gandhi. He isn’t a hypocrite like Mr Modi, who comes and has cake with Mr Nawaz Sharif on his birthday but doesn’t want his team to play cricket with us. I have no problems with Sarfraz being the captain but Kamran, Adnan or Umar should always keep wickets,” said Kamran Akmal.

When Umar was asked his opinion, he danced with brother Adnan and said, “Kamran-bhai is never wrong.”

The confusion over ‘reservations’

It is a bit confusing and contradicting at the same time. Earlier this year, when BJP announced Ram Nath Kovind as their presidential candidate, him being a Dalit leader led to a faction in the opposition camp believe that ‘vote bank’ politics is the prime reason for Kovind’s appointment.

India have long discussed on the ‘caste-based reservations’ and political parties have cashed-in on the same. Rahul was overheard screaming then that Modi is planning to destroy Indian politics with ‘reservations’ and even blamed Anil Kumble’s exit as India’s coach.

Kumble resigned, and had tweeted:

Our sources in Congress camp had then overheard a discussion with him and his mother. He apparently told her, “Mr Modi will destroy India with ‘reservation’ politics. See now the noble Kumble departs. Even Virat Kohli has started having ‘reservations’.”

Not relevant to this story but our source revealed that Sonia Gandhi had then given Rahul a sound scolding after this remark, meanwhile West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had immediately recommended Kumble’s name as Bangladesh’s next coach. Bangladesh being Bangladesh and its GDP being lower than Kumble’s salary could only afford his state-mate Sunil Joshi as their spin-consultant.

On asking Umar about his thoughts on ‘reservations’, he looked at us this way.

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Kamran stepped in for his brother, “Let us keep it simple. There should be reservations based on dynasties. So Pakistan team should have at least 1 Akmal as the wicketkeeper.”

Long live the Rahuls and Akmals. The world is a funnier and more curious place. And they are not wrong, because it’s the order of the world. For example, Nawaz Sharif’s brother and nephew are now gripped in a power struggle on who would be the former’s successor.

It’s a bloody dynast world.

Disclaimer: Please note that this is a work of pure fiction. Rahul Gandhi’s comments are true and we assume Akmal’s sentiments must be the same.