31 July, 2021

Nehru's Turning In His Grave

Why harp on Varun's lineage when he has abandoned its ideals?

Nehru's Turning In His Grave
There's only one word for the speech that Varun Gandhi gave in Pilibhit last fortnight—disgraceful. It's horrifying that anybody could speak like that, doubly so when it happens to come from someone who is even remotely connected with the Nehru-Gandhi family. I say "remotely connected" with deliberation, because, while Varun is no doubt a fourth-generation descendant of the family, let us not forget that both he and his mother, Maneka, made an open break with the family. Varun may have only been a toddler when Maneka severed her ties with the family, but he struck out just as irrevocably when he joined the BJP some five years ago. His break with the family and its ideals was just as decisive as his mother's. He owes his allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now, and his connection to the Nehru-Gandhi family is now completely irrelevant.

Which is why I am a little surprised at the way the media has been reporting Varun's speech, constantly referring in the same breath to his Nehru connection. The point is that Varun Gandhi is a...

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