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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
On December 9, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s 63rd birthday, we bring you 9 not-so-well known nuggets from her life.
1. Chef Sonia
She prepares excellent red chilly oil, a base for salad dressing. Early in her marriage, she followed many cookery books and occasionally made pasta for mother-in-law Indira Gandhi.
2. Cleanliness is Godliness
Sonia is known to be very particular about keeping her home squeaky clean. She often does the dusting of the rooms herself, especially before important meetings.
3. Indira’s cute note
A month after Sonia’s marriage, her mom was returning home to Italy. To ease the pain, mother-in-law Indira Gandhi sent a little note to her that said, “Hi Sonia, this is just to tell you that we all love you.” That won Sonia’s heart. She would always call Indira ‘Mummy’.
4. The newly married Sonia
Sonia was often spotted on Delhi roads sitting behind husband Rajiv on his Lambretta scooter in the early days of their marriage. They frequented India Gate for ice-cream.
5. Mommy in momentous times
On Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s first visit to Delhi after the formation of Bangladesh, the who’s who of the Indian establishment including President VV Giri, PM Indira Gandhi and yes — a pregnant Sonia — gathered at the airport. The next day she gave birth to daughter Priyanka.
6. Sonia’s sarees
Sonia is fond of handloom saris, particularly traditional weaves. On her wedding day she wore a pink cotton saree woven by Nehru. Years later daughter Priyanka wore that same sari for her wedding.
7. Artsy Sonia
She did an art restoration course from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
8. The bookworm
Sonia has an eclectic taste in books. An entire wall of a room where she receives visitors in her Janpath home is lined with books.
9. No junk food
Someone who does yoga daily, Sonia avoid pastas, pizzas and noodles, but has a weakness for coffee. In winters, she must have a few glasses of fresh orange juice. During her election campaigns, Sonia often chose dal and roti.
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As she enters her 64th year (6+4=1), Sonia should participate more in global affairs. On the personal front, she would like Rahul to settle down this year. She can still scale many new heights, only if she wants to.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that he wants to change the way politics works in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking to the media a day after UP's Mayawati government had not given permission for his press conference, Rahul Gandhi said that the politics in the state has stuck in the past. He said that he wanted to change this situation and make it more forward looking.
Rahul said that his goal was not 2012 UP elections but much beyond.
Rahul Gandhi also said that the youth in the state have given good response to his call to join the movement to promote democracy and improve the way politics is practiced in the country.
Rahul Gandhi refused to comment on the Liberhan panel report. However, he said that he respected veteran BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a senior politician.
Gandhi also said that he did not know whether the Liberhan Commission has done the right thing or not by naming Vajpayee in its report on the Babri demolition.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and others flagging off the Red Ribbon Express in New Delhi .
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PM Manmohan Singh Rahul Sonia Gandhi former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 92 birth anniversary
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Saturday, October 31, 2009
Rahul Gandhi Sonia Gandhi PM Manmohan Singh pay their respects at Shakti Stahl the memorial for former PM Indira Gandhi
Friday, October 30, 2009
It has been 25 years since prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated on Oct 31, 1984. Events of those days are still fresh in memory. Worshipped by her supporters and cursed by her enemies, who later assassinated her, Indira Gandhi paved the way for democracy in India during the twentieth century.
Through the glorious chapters of history, we bring you pictures that bear testimony to?the global icon and woman of substance, Indira Gandhi. (AFP Photo)
''She gave me a set of instructions of how she had to receive the president (Zail Singh) who was returning from a trip abroad and a dinner she was to host for a foreign dignitary that evening. She wanted to ensure there was no clash in timings,'' recounts Dhawan, now 72, often referred to as her factotum, confidant and shadow all rolled into one, and who was associated with her for 22 uninterrupted years.
Image: A photo dated 24 January 1976 of Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India in 1974.
All public appointments at the adjoining thick-walled white bungalow in Akbar Road, used for her official engagements, had been cancelled as Gandhi had arrived late from Orissa the previous evening. Only a television interview with two- time Academy award-winning film actor and journalist, Peter Ustinov, was scheduled.
Image: In this picture taken on March 21,1977, then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is flanked by her sons Sanjay and Rajiv as they walk together in New Delhi.
Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India for 15 years over two terms, died on her way to AIIMS. But she was not declared dead until many hours later. Official accounts spoke of 29 entry and exit wounds; 31 bullets were extracted from her body.
Later, the Justice Thakkar Commission of Inquiry pointed the needle of suspicion to Dhawan for allegedly changing the guard's duties. That was unfounded and Dhawan was exonerated. Sitting in his plush Golf Links residence in New Delhi, Dhawan is out of power now but remains a loyal Congressman with memories of that Oct 31 morning and its aftermath still coming back to haunt.
Image: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi meets 30 June 1984 with a Sikh delegation at her home in New Delhi.
Instructions were specifically given at the office to be relayed to AIIMS that the prime minister was being brought in. But when they reached the hospital, Dhawan recalls, the authorities were unaware of what had happened. ''Soniaji was at the backseat, Indira Gandhi on her lap while M.L. Fotedar (a trusted Congress loyalist), me and the driver were in the front. I could see she was bleeding profusely.''
Image: In this picture taken on February 25, 1961, then Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru poses with his daughter Indira Gandhi in New Delhi.
Gandhi was not wearing her bulletproof vest that morning, something she was advised to wear after she ordered the army to storm into the Golden Temple in June that year. ''I remember Beant Singh say as he put his revolver down - We have done what we needed to, now you can do what you have to,'' recalls Dhawan, who immediately shouted for help.
Image: Photo taken 18 November 1972 in New Delhi of Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa with India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
An hour later, everything changed. Dhawan remembers each detail of that terrible morning. ''Just a few days earlier it was Diwali and the gardens of the two houses that are adjoined were being cleaned. She had to wait for a while for the gardeners to clear out to go for the interview and I noticed she was getting restless,'' says Dhawan.
''When we finally got the go-ahead from security after about 10 minutes, I walked alongside her. As we reached the wicker gate that connects both gardens we saw Beant Singh, her Sikh bodyguard and dressed in civilian clothes, approach her.''
Image: This 1975 file photograph shows Iraqi President Saddam Hussein meeting with Indira Gandhi of India in Baghdad.
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