Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Sonia mania

Just when I think India can't surprise me further, I am proved wrong. And, often it is the wrong kind of surprise.

In the last few days I have seen various reasons put forward for having Sonia as PM. Here are some (not in order of stupidity)

1) "Vasudaiva Kutumbakam" (excuse my spelling) - It means "Whole world is a village", we are all global citizens etc... So, she can be the PM. Hey, how about Saddam - at least, he has experience governing a country with diverse groups of people. Or, maybe Maggie Thatcher - she is retired,available and has an increadible record on hte economic front.

2) She is as Indian as any other Indian - If you over look the fact that she became a citizen in 1983 about 15 years after her marriage to Rajiv Gandhi. And, became a congress party after her husband's killing and when she was thrust into the leadership position.

3) The mandate was for her - Never mind that India does not have a direct democracy like US, or the fact that Cong I actually showed a drop in the %age of votes polled (BJP did too).

4) She and her children are so beautiful - Wonder what that has to do with running a country. Whoever calls Priyanka beautiful must have poor eyesight.

When will we realize that the nation is not the personal/ family property of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

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