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The many smiles of Rahul Gandhi: Vote for your favourite!

Last updated on: April 07, 2014 08:47 IST

The many smiles of Rahul Gandhi: Vote for your favourite!

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Love him or hate him but you cannot ignore the dimpled smile of the young Congress leader. Vote for the best RaGa smile :-)

The stark difference between India's two largest political parties is evident in their campaign hoardings.

Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi's face is stern.

He seems upset with the state of the nation and intends to get down to business as soon as he's elected.

Modi's no-nonsense look suggests that there's nothing to celebrate till the Congress party is brought to its knees.

The ruling party, on the other hand, has made its young leader, Rahul Gandhi, the face of their campaign.

Gandhi stands in stark contrast with Narendra Modi.

For one, he is good 20 years younger than Modi and unlike him doesn't mind smiling.

Why should he?

Not only does his dimpled smile take a few years off his face (he is 43) but it also makes him seem approachable.

To the stern school principal-like Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi seems like the perfect foil, the devilish cheeky boy who you want to befriend... or possibly take home to your parents!

So here we have the disarming smiles of Rahul Gandhi :-)

Don't forget to vote for each at the bottom of every page!


The candid smile

This one's reserved for sis dearest, Priyanka Gandhi, who looks on adoringly at her brother!

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Image: Rahul Gandhi (L) and his sister Priyanka Gandhi celebrate Holi in Rae Bareli in 2006.
Photographs: Reuters

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The older brother smile

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Easy-going, friendly and almost a chuckle -- this is the kind of smile that makes you want to tuck at his kurta and tell him what mischief you've been up to at school ;-)

Would you not too?

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Image: Rahul Gandhi interacts with the students of Sanskar valley school during its foundation day celebrations in Bhopal, July 2008.
Photographs: Raj Patidar/Reuters
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The polite business-like smile

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There are those who will want to get rid of crow's feet. And there are those who make it look good.

No points for guessing which one of the two Rahul is.

Wouldn't you agree?

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Image: Seen here is Rahul Gandhi along with Anand Sharma, the minister for Commerce and Industry and Textiles in a picture dated November 2012.
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters
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The warm considerate smile

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What is the one thing that you need to really reach out to the young?

A genuine smile that suggests you care. Exhibit A, above!

Do you agree?

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Image: Rahul Gandhi interacts with young school girls in this undated picture.
Photographs: Rediff Archives
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The people's prince smile

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The trouble with being born with a silver spoon is you have to work doubly hard to make the aam janta believe you care.

Over the years, Rahul Gandhi has made more than a few efforts to be seen as a 'people's prince'.

Does his smile make the cut?

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Image: Rahul Gandhi is seen here talking with an elderly village woman in Inhauna village of his constituency in Uttar Pradesh in this March 2004 picture.
Photographs: Kamal Kishore/Reuters

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Happy camper smile

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What do you call a single, handsome man in a women's college?

One lucky fellow!

What say you?

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Image: Rahul Gandhi is seen here during his visit to a women's college in Patna on February 2, 2010.
Photographs: Krishna Murari Kishan/Reuters
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I-don't-mind-being-photobombed smile

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Here's the thing: if you're a public figure, you will find some aunty wanting to take a picture with you.

The key is to keep smiling and make them feel you don't mind it so much :-)

Does he get your vote?

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Image: A well-wisher embraces Rahul Gandhi as he leaves after casting his vote at a polling station in New Delhi in this May 2009 picture.
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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I-am-your-leader smile

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Now, that's the kind of smile photographers wait for, the kind that is calculated and used for dramatic effect.

Does Rahul achieve that effect in this shot?

Take the poll below and tell us!

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Image: Rahul Gandhi attends an interactive session with the rickshaw pullers ahead of the 2014 general elections in Varanasi.
Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters
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The goofy smile

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Rahul Gandhi is probably India's answer to George W Bush.

While RaGaisms may not be as legendary as Bushisms (yet), our young leader does have his foot-in-mouth moments.

So what do you do when you say the darndest thing?

You put on your best smile and hope no one's noticed!

Did you?

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Image: Rahul Gandhi is pictured here during the 2013 annual general meeting and national conference of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi. On April 4, 2013, Gandhi offered a broad vision of 21st century India in his first major speech to business leaders that drew criticism for being vague and rambling.
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

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Don't-forget-to-vote-for-me smile

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It is election year and Rahul Gandhi is a politician.

So whatever he does, chances are he does it for your votes.

Does his smile charm you enough to go out and vote for him?

Tell us!

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Image: Rahul Gandhi waves to his party supporters during a rally ahead of general elections in New Delhi earlier this year.
Photographs: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

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