Sonia Gandhi and the hidden trail
By John MacLithon
Yet Sonia Gandhi remains a mystery for many of us, even for me who has known her for a long time.
I found her quite likable when she was just Rajiv Gandhi’s (the pilot) spouse, a loving wife, who had adopted the Indian way of life; a good daughter -in-law: Indira Gandhi died on her lap on the way to the hospital, after being shot by her Sikh bodyguards; and more than everything, a good mother, who doted on her children and tried all her life to protect them.
I then knew that she had kept her Italian passport, even after taking the Indian nationality (India does not allow you to hold two passports), but I have met quite a few foreigners in Delhi who also retained their origin passports after having obtained the Indian one.
I myself toyed for some time with the idea of taking the Indian nationality, as I speak Hindi quite fluently, but it is too difficult to travel with an Indian passport. I do not mind also her remaining a Christian: after all, I am still one myself. Indeed, one of my Italian journalist friends told me that he prayed with her, along with Rajiv Gandhi, at a mass in Calicut with the bishop officiating — that is her private business.
But after her husband was blown to pieces by the LTTE, I observed a drastic change in her: she did not seem to trust anybody anymore, became aloof and suspicious. I also watched with dismay how the Congress leaders, some of them men and women of substance, whom I knew personally, applied pressure on her to enter politics for years.
By Mahendra Joshi
Summary: It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that we are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world and that at some point the world financial system is going to crash. But how many people know that the Economic and Military Superpower USA is completely broke? How many know that USA’s future liabilities are about $200 Trillions – which is three times the world’s GDP? Do you know on Jan 14th, 2010 bankrupt State of Arizona had to sell its Capitol building, governor’s office, state hospital and the prison buildings to raise money? Read on…
Leadership Without Legitimacy: Will the Indian Media Get Its Act Together?
Marie-Lou Fernandes. (Former Deputy Commissioner of Police of Mumbai City)
After remaining wilfully silent on India’s biggest corruption story of the year (Hear the Radia tapes here), the immediate reaction of some sections of the Indian media was to divert attention to Brand India and corporate privacy concerns. We are now witness to another diversion — the case for corporate lobbying (never mind that corporate lobbying has just robbed the country of hundreds of millions of dollars).