Friday, April 3, 2009


It could also be that having had no intention at all of over being involved in politics or public life Sonia Gandhi hung on to the country of her birth. No one gives up his or her mother country just like that! And as Rajeev Gandhi was to say later "It never occurred to us that even this could become an issue. I always thought Sonia's passport was her own personal affair" 5
That might sound not just naive but even politically stupid. But that's the kind of bloke Rajeev Gandhi was. And that's the kind of person Sonia Gandhi is. An admittedly very pretty and charming housewife who also dabbles in history, cultures art and loads of social work. 5
And today the great Congress party depends entirely on the talents of an admittedly very pretty and charming housewife. But I can only repeat the same thing that being a member of first family of country she is absolutely entitled to break the law, as according to Ms Sonia Gandhi these all are only technicality. 5
Sonia Gandhi’s image as a foreigner is largely her own doing. Even after decades in India, she still sounds hopeless while delivering a speech in Hindi or English. Besides, she has never cared to explain why she had shunned an Indian citizenship as a Nehru-Gandhi bahu till soon after Sanjay Gandhi’s death when she suddenly changed her mind. Quite obviously, the death of the youngest scion had evened out Rajeev Gandhi’s road to becoming the next dynastic ruler of the country.
In light of these events, which came to light, I can say that Sonia Gandhi’s acceptance of Indian citizenship was thus more an opportunistic, than patriotic, choice. Now I come to the point as to how she became Indian citizen.
A foreigner seeking Indian citizenship has to state on oath that he or she has relinquished his or her citizenship of the original country. This requirement was all the more necessary in the case of an Italian citizen. Under Italian law, an Italian taking citizenship of another country continues to retain his or her Italian citizenship. Sonia Gandhi's application did not have the requisite statement, nor did it have any official document from the appropriate authorities in Italy. The omission was made up in a curious way. The Ambassador of Italy stepped in, and wrote to the Government saying that Sonia Gandhi had indeed given up her citizenship of Italy. He did so on 27 April 1983. Sonia got her citizenship forthwith -- on 30 April 1983.
But, then, this raises the critical question; do Indian officials give citizenship to some people even without their applying for it? If that is so, particularly in the case of Sonia Gandhi, it clearly shows that Government in India runs sans rules and regulations - which bodes a grave risk to the security of nation.
To be sure, the phenomenon of corruption did not begin with the crowning of Rajeev Gandhi as Prime Minister upon his mother's death. It's a post Independence "fringe benefit" the Congress rulers have allowed to their yes men and themselves for decades at nation's cost, thereby letting the nation go down the drain. But to give away India's prized citizenship to the foreign wife of a Prime Minister, when she has not applied for it, it's a gross act of dereliction that can result in endangerment of the country when the "citizen" may later covet especially a sensitive government position - as is now the case with Sonia Gandhi.
I believe, the whole issue of granting citizenship to Sonia Gandhi, and not merely that she "answer for her delay in accepting" it, as Mr. Vajpayee is belatedly asked during the 2004 elections, needs to be fully investigated by an independent judicial body and its findings made public and those, if any, found guilty severely punished. The fact that even while living with her husband in India she resisted Indian citizenship for fifteen long years is quite telling. That clearly indicates how she relates with India.
The courts in India have ruled that it is the “state of mind” which is material in granting the citizenship. In Sonia Gandhi's case, the above ''state of mind'' was reached in 1983 some 15 years after her marriage to Rajeev Gandhi. That would mean that when she became a wife (in February 1968), when she became a mother for the first time (in June 1970) and for the second time (in January 1972) her state of mind was not finalised; her mind obviously remained focussed on Orbassano, a small north Italian village inhabited by old-fashioned Catholics including her father Stephano Maino.
And what was so special about 1983 that made Sonia Gandhi firm up her state of mind on securing Indian citizenship? According to 'Indira' --- the authorised biography of Indira Gandhi written by her close associate, Pupul Jayakar --- the Gandhi bahu applied for Indian citizenship only when a case was filed in court by a ''family member'' to the effect that it was improper to have a foreigner living permanently in the prime minister's house. Another reason why Sonia became Indian citizen has been explained above. These two matter forced Sonia to accept Indian citizenship.
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