14 May, 2021

Sonia Gandhi: Legend Of The Renunciate | By Shashi Tharoor

Sonia Gandhi’s story is extraordinary on every level. Fairytales do no justice, writes Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

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Sonia Gandhi: Legend Of The Renunciate | By Shashi Tharoor

As India turns 71 next week, Outlook zeroed in on 21 individuals who have made a lasting impression on this country – for both good and bad – so far in the 21stcentury.  And we got 21 equally important personalities to write on the 21 individuals we chose.

In this column, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor writes on Sonia Gandhi.  "She prefers to remain behind the throne, walking with the common peasantry, rallying the people but leaving power in the hands of her grey-haired viziers," he says. 

A novelist, seeking to tell the story of Sonia Gandhi, might be forgiven for seeing a fairytale element in the narrative. Beautiful foreigner comes to strange new land and marries handsome prince. They enjoy years of bliss, until the prince is obliged, in painful circumstances, to take over the kingdom, and discovers the harsh realities of ruling a turbulent realm, culminating in the unspeakable tragedy of his own assassination. The queen retreats into silence and mourning, until the...

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