03 December, 2020

A Little Too Frank

Indira's biography rattles Sonia and loyalists, but they're hoping to kill the issue with neglect

A Little Too Frank
Katherine Frank's Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi is already a political bestseller, even before the release of its Indian imprint. And, apparently, most of the people buying Indira Gandhi's biography are Congressmen, who want to determine what disclosures could be damaging either personally or politically (or both) to the First Family of the Congress party. Congress insiders say Sonia Gandhi and her children are upset over the nature of sexual disclosures in the book. They have set off a damage limitation exercise, though a bit unsure of how best to handle the sensitive issue.

According to party insiders, the reports regarding the contents of Frank's biography have "rattled" the Congress president and her loyalists, especially as it has come close on the heels of another personal slur: the cbi's chargesheeting of Sonia's personal secretary, Vincent George.

The immediate reactions emanating from the loyalists as well as the family was that "something ought to be done about the book". And Congress insiders say it is the loyalists who seem more perturbed than...


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