Alarmed by Rahul Gandhi’s recent attempts to remould the public perception about his absent heir apparent to political firebrand, it has been learnt that the BJP is in talks with Martin Handford and Candlewick Press, illustrator and US publisher of the ‘Where’s Waldo?’ series of illustrated books, to create an Indianised version of the franchise to be named ‘Where’s Rahul?’
The deal is supposed to be under wraps and the BJP was unresponsive when contacted on the matter. A well-known party spokesperson admitted on conditions of anonymity however, that “while our party had repeatedly questioned the Congress on Rahul’s whereabouts during his long absence earlier this year, we never really received a satisfactory answer; all we got instead were attempts at diverting public attention.
“What we hope to achieve with this is to realign the public’s perception of Rahul Gandhi back to his earlier absentee image: after all, while his recent spate of public appearances and fiery speeches in Parliament do seem to indicate that the prodigal son has returned as promised, the fact remains that the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty has been making such promises on his behalf for the better part of a decade now; promises that he has repeatedly failed to live up to. What is the guarantee now that this time Rahul is here to stay? It is his inherent unreliability of his part that we wish to remind people again.”
When questioned on possible copyright issues with using the Gandhi scion’s name in a publication that is certainly not likely to be endorsed by him, the spokesperson had this to say: “At no point do we intend to mention Rahul Gandhi by his full name. Rahul being a common enough name on its own, we foresee no copyright issues on that front and we have full faith that the public is clever enough to make all the right inferences.” When further pressed on potential legalities that could arise out of using Rahul Gandhi’s likeness in the illustrations, the spokesperson quipped triumphantly, “in order to be found, something must first exist!”