19 January, 2021

Rajiv’s Girl, Eternally

A dramatised biography of the ‘foreign’ bahu, one the Congress was determined should stay under wraps. It’s out finally.

Photo Courtesy: The Red Sari/ Roli Books
Rajiv’s Girl, Eternally


“Soniaji,” says the spokesman of the committee, “I want you to know that the Congress Working Committee (CWC), meeting under the presidency of Narasimha Rao has elected you president of the party. The election was unanimous. Congratulations.”

Sonia stares at them impassively, more than a dozen senior leaders who have come to convince her. Is grief not pure and sacred? They have not even allowed her to dry her tears for the death of her husband. Incapable of smiling, she does not have the desire or strength to pretend she is honoured by the party’s decision.

“I cannot accept. My world is not politics, as you already know. I do not wish to accept.”

“Soniaji, I don’t know if you realize what the committee is offering you. It is offering you absolute power over one of the largest democratic organizations in the world. It’s offering you the chance to lead this great country. Above all it’s offering you the chance to take on the...



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