24 November, 2020

Bull's Eye

Recently, Sonia Gandhi lectured at the Nexus Institute in the Netherlands. This is what I had imagined she would say.

Bull's Eye
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Recently, Sonia Gandhi lectured at the Nexus Institute in the Netherlands. She spoke on ‘Living Politics: What India has Taught Me’. Excerpts of her speech were published in Indian newspapers. After reading them, I was hugely disappointed. It was a good speech but quite humdrum. Didn’t Mrs Gandhi realise that in Europe the name Gandhi is associated with total truth, transparency and candour? I had expected her to make a very different kind of speech. This is what I had imagined she would say:

"Friends, once I too was a European like all of you. But living politics in India has made me different. I married an Indian and got sucked into India. My husband was the Indian prime minister’s son. Neither his marriage nor the marriage of his younger brother was arranged by the parents. The first thing I learnt was that a white skin is worshipped by the tallest to the humblest Indian. Why, even Indira Gandhi treasured a white skin. Otherwise why did she favour me instead of my sister-in-law Maneka?

"In these circumstances, a European...

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