Rishi Kapoor Blasts Rahul Gandhi Over ‘Dynasty Politics’ Comment

Updated on 18 Sep, 2017 at 6:02 pm


Rahul Gandhi’s speech on ‘dynasty politics’ at the University of California, Berkeley, did not go well with the Indian audiences back at home. In an interaction with the students of California University, Rahul said India is run by dynasties. To back the arguement he cited the case of DMK, Samajwadi Party and even Bollywood dynasties.


Responding to a query at the engagement about the perception that Congress was associated with dynastic politics, Rahul said:

Most parties in India have that problem…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi of 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 is run. By the way, last, I recall, Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So, that’s what happens in India.

Needless to say, this view ruffled many feathers back in India, which included the actor Rishi Kapoor. He took to Twitter to hit back at the Congress scion. In a series of tweets, the Bollywood actor gave the example of his family – the Kapoors, famously called the first family of Bollywood – as a dynastic clan that has not merely contributed to the Indian Cinema for the past 90 years but has also garnered respect from all quarters of the society over the 9 decades the family has been in the film business.

Rahul Gandhi was severely criticized by many for his speech at the University of California The Indian Wire


Rishi Kapoor wrote –

By God’s grace we are in 4 generations. Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor. Randhir Kapoor. Ranbir Kapoor-Males. Besides all others. You see otherwise. So don’t b******* people on “Dynasty” You have to earn people’s respect and love through hard work not zabardasti and gundagardi.



This question and answer session was held after Rahul Gandhi had delivered a lecutre at the University on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’. It is to be noted that he is the fifth generation politician in the Nehru-Gandhi family.  His father Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi and great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru all served as prime ministers of India.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi’s comments were not taken lightly by the ruling party either, which labeled him as a “failed dynast and politician”, and questioned the propriety of him criticising the NDA government on foreign soil. Lashing out at Rahul, the Union minister of information and broadcasting Smriti Irani said:

A failed dynast today chose to speak about his failed political journey in the US… the country (India) is not listening so he is speaking somewhere else.

However, the verbal spat continued with the Congress promptly hitting back, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “guilty” of “insulting” India on foreign soil first.