Rahul works hard, his website harder
Rahul Gandhi spends over 16 hours a day on the campaign trail, but that's nothing compared to what his website does - it's on 24X7.india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 12:19 IST
Rahul Gandhi spends over 16 hours a day on the campaign trail, but that's nothing compared to what his website does - it's on 24X7.
He manages to cover two states a day and address four public meetings, while his website 'pressbrief.in' relays as many meetings and that too across the world.
The customised portal also replays streaming videos and audio of past public meetings of not just Rahul, but that of the entire Nehru-Gandhi family.
The site, run by what Congressmen call "Team Rahul, feeds the media with latest videos, photographs and speeches of Rahul, Priyanka and Sonia, and has all that the party offices, the media and the cable networks need.
"Rahul says that he is preparing for the long haul and is looking forward. We have the same motto. To make an impact silently and slowly," a person associated with site said.
Talking about the site, another source said a team has been put together at all levels across the country and whenever a speech of these three members of the family is delivered, a person in the audience connects his mobile to the Delhi office of the website.
"The speech is transcribed in three languages -- Hindi, English and Urdu -- in the next 15-20 minutes and put up on the website along with the video, wherever possible" the source explained.
Sources said currently as many as 175 small-and-medium- size newspapers in the country are downloading materials from Rahul's site free of cost on real-time basis.
"Apart from this, the high-resolution videos can be downloaded and several local cable networks, which cannot send their reporters and camerapersons to cover the events due to some constraints, use the site extensively," a source said.
Within half-an-hour of Congress President Sonia Gandhi delivering a speech at Vidarbha in Maharashtra, the video was uploaded on the website.
Moreover, no editorial inputs can be found in the information provided in the site so that the party offices across the country can use it for propaganda.
Currently, the website mainly only has information on the most watched political family of the country. "The site is evolving in a phased manner. It was started sometime back and gradually lots of media-friendly inputs have been incorporated," said a source.