Rahul Gandhi is, after all, his father's son. But while Rajiv lassoed in his circle of buddies and advisors once he was catapulted into the PM's chair, the Congress is helping its crown prince create a similar team early on in his political career.
Ergo, Team Rahul: an embryonic pool of young, foreign-educated technocrats with ideas, initiative and, if possible, political pedigree. This informal team-in-the-making will present strategy papers to the young Gandhi and advise him on matters ranging from Indo-China relations and foreign policy to party-building in UP and inducting young blood. The goal, obviously, is to nurture a future leader. In addition, the team will be drafted in to work in various advisory capacities for the Congress.