Deconstructing Rahul Gandhi’s interview with Arnab Goswami

February 12, 2014

So apparently the Rahul Gandhi interview has broken all social media records (2.5 lakh tweets, 50 Cr impressions, 8 of 10 top trending on Twitter related to interview, highest searched interview on Google).


I am a little late to the party! Finally got around to listening to the hilarious interview, and was immediately itching to run some analytics on the transcripts. For the sake of simplicity (that’s the job of an engineer right!), lets call Arnab Goswami as “Argo” and Rahul Gandhi as “Raga” (PS: the nick names sound cooler than real pplz ;))

5 interesting stats that the analysis brought out :

  1. Total words Raga speaks : 7475 (3253 excluding stopwords)
    Total words Argo speaks : 5086 (2020 excluding stopwords)
    Wow, so Raga is a clear winner (at least here). This guy managed to out speak ‘Mr. Argo’, which is a national challenge in itself (he must certainly count this an achievement in his next interview).
  2. Talking about Raga’s plan for the future, his favorite words are – Change (15 times), System (72 times), Empower (23 times) and women (18 times). The graph below clearly shows that “system” is THE word, topping the list.
    Women and Youngsters combined make the 6th most popular words!

    RahulGandhi vs Arnab Goswami
    (Comic strip created at MakeBeliefsComix)

  3. If you ask me, which state in India he loves the most, the answer would be ‘Gujarat’ as he mentions Gujarat once every 4 mins (on an average) through the complete length of interview.
  4. The next milestone for Mr. Raga seems to be “Change the System” ! The phrase appears in its different forms exactly 9 times! I wonder, the person who is so desperate to talk about changing the system (9 times in 1hr 20 mins), how much he would have actually changed the system in last 10 years!

Raga’s dictionary of words (in order of their usage) : System, People, Country, Congress, RTI, Process, Empower, Gujarat, Youngsters, and Women.
Jairam Ramesh and Priyanka Gandhi, who were prompting Raga during the interview, seem to have done a good job. And so has Raga, by memorizing all the buzzwords, a little TOO well, perhaps!

The country would have been more content learning some actual facts about their prospective PM candidate’s future plans. Nonetheless, speaking something is better than not speaking at all, if you know what I mean. Winking smile


If you liked it so far, you would love reading this too –

  1. National Debate Floods Twitter as #RahulSpeaksToArnab
  2. Tweeple have a field day mocking Rahul Gandhi’s interview
  3. A replay of the interview by JayHind (laugh riot)
  4. Cyrus enacts Rahul’s interview to a TV news channel (laugh riot 2)

Supporting documents –

  1. Complete transcript of Rahul Gandhi’s interview
  2. List of stopwords
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  • Saurabh Sharma February 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Well considering that he is being projected as a PM candidate from Congress, this was a complete disaster! Fumbles and all happen to everybody, but speaking like reciting essays, using illeism, and changing gears…even wikipedia added him to their list of people using illeism!!

  • richasingh February 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    here we go! I thought only my husband was a stats freak, analysis all news through his numbers glasses but no no I think it runs in all IITians (yes he is one too 😀 ). Looking at the numbers though I have a feeling the next election will be a mirror of some of these. Like total of 7475 votes pan India ? 😀


  • Animesh February 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    have some mercy on the poor boy 🙂 I developed some sympathy for him post that interview.

    • Lafoot February 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      He has succeeded in starting a sympathy wave. Congress party message is that we have been treating the people like Ch003yaas so now we want to project a leader who sounds and acts like a maha Ch003ya just so the voters could identify with him.

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