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.
At the moment, though, Team Rahul is more an idea. The name 'Team Rahul' itself was coined in an inspired moment by a Congress functionary and is not a formal name. However, it captures the essence of the informal advisory group the party is hoping to build. Once it goes beyond its nebulous conceptual stage, Team Rahul will have some 20 young professionals ranging from their late 20s to early 40s, handpicked by the party's resident technocrats like Sam Pitroda and media strategist Jairam Ramesh.