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Cover Story: Sonia Gandhi

The Lady In The Sari

Indira and Sonia, two cogs from a dynastic wheel but seemingly very different. What sets the new Mrs G apart?

The Lady In The Sari
Jitender Gupta
The Lady In The Sari
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“I don’t think anyone was smarter than Indira...but Sonia has turned out smarter than people expected her to be.” Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Former West Bengal CM    “Sonia is a hesitant speaker. She wants the policies to speak for her and legitimise her leadership.”
 Zoya Hasan Political scientist

 “In Sonia, I see the qualities an Indian leader should have. She is accommodating and believes in consultation.” Ashis Nandy Sociologist   “She’s shaping her legacy in a different style. Sanjay was a nightmare...Rahul is being promoted more gracefully.” Dipankar Gupta Sociologist

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When a hesitant Sonia Gandhi took her first early steps in Indian politics, she made it a point to dress like her formidable mother-in-law, whose bullet-riddled body she had cradled on that terrible day in 1984. Indira Gandhi is embedded in our history—and all our collective memories—as the enigmatic leader who transformed the nation and the nature of our politics. She also left us with the contemporary world’s most durable political dynasty.


Indira Gandhi atop the podium at a Congress function in Shimla in the early ’70s

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