Coca-Cola Founder Was a Shikanji Seller: Rahul Gandhi
Banglahunt desk: Congress president Rahul Gandhi, while talking about opportunities (or lack thereof) of success in India, took the idea of a metaphor a bit too far when he said that the person who founded the soft drinks company Coca-Cola was essentially a “shikanji seller” in the United States.
Shikanji is a popular north Indian lemon-based summer drink. Rahul was speaking at an OBC outreach rally in New Delhi when he made his comments. “Everybody here must have heard of Coca-Cola… everybody’s heard about the company, right?” Gandhi asked at his rally.
“Now tell me who started Coca-Cola? Who was he; does anybody know?”
Rahul questioned, before answering: “I’ll tell you…Coca-Cola’s founder used to sell shikanji in the United States, he used to mix sugar in water.”
- “His experience was respected, his ability was respected and he went on to form Coca-Cola,” Rahul went on to say before drawing an extremely similar comparison and saying that the founder of McDonald’s used to run a “dabha” (a roadside eatery).