Was the glitter of brass too pale for Robert Vadra, who, as we now know, went on to more glistening businesses? His grandfather and father may have made their living in Pital Nagri, Moradabad, but Robert has little to do with the town today. Despite his profligate real estate acquisitions, he has reportedly made none in his hometown. The last time he came to Moradabad was in 2005 when he, along with Priyanka, visited his sister-in-law there. Her husband, and his brother, Richard, had killed himself in 2003.
With roots back in Sialkot in Pakistan, Robert’s grandfather Hukumat Rai Vadra had moved to Bangalore and set up a sports goods shop there. It was while purchasing brass trophies that he developed a link with Moradabad and eventually relocated there. He set up Mysore Electroplating, a firm that flourished and, at one point, had several hundred employees. The family’s fortunes dipped in the ’90s when falling exports hit business. Robert’s father ended up selling his house in 1997 and his factory in Moradabad around the same time.
Today, the Aggarwals, another family that deals in brass products, occupy the house, and the factory was taken over by Ahmad Brass Corporation. Robert, meanwhile, had moved to Delhi along with his mother. Given how little is known about him, it’s not unusual to find people in Moradabad who think his mother is Italian (she’s of Scottish origin). Robert studied in the city’s St Mary’s School till Class 5.
Family ties were snapped in public when Robert in 2002 placed a notice in newspapers distancing himself from his father and brother, whom he accused of using his Nehru-Gandhi connection to get work done. The Vadra family has had to go through several personal tragedies. Besides his brother’s death, Robert’s sister Michelle died in a road accident in 2001 and, in 2009, Robert’s father hung himself in a Delhi guest house. Even Robert’s cousins, Sanjay and Mannu Vadhra, died unexpectedly in road accidents and have an RSS-managed school named after them on the outskirts of the city, the land for which was purchased and donated by Robert’s uncle, O.P. Vadher.
For many, Robert isn’t a Moradabadi at all. In the last 18 years, he hasn’t invested even 18 rupees in Moradabad, says local resident Vijay Aggarwal, who’s also a member of the bjp’s state working committee.”If you really want to build a relationship, you can do so even from across seven seas, but if you don’t, you can’t do so even with your neighbour”.
BIG PEOPLES SMALL MIND.NO USE IN BLAMING SHRI ROBERT VADHRA IN FACT I WOULD CREDIT HIS BEHAVIOUS AS WORTHY FOR HIS POSITION HE HAS HAD A VERY CONSERVATIVE OUTLOOK EVEN BEING THE SON-IN LAW OF THE COUNTRY HE HAS SOUGHT FVOURS VERY LESS EVEN THOUGH HIS REACH COULD HAVE BEEN MORE HIGHER.BUT CORRUPTION IS CORRUPTION IRRESPECTIVE OF SCALE IT IS COMMITED AND MR.ROBERT's DEALS SHOULD BE THROUGHLY INVESTIGATED AND ALL WRONGDOINGS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE LIMELIGHT.
SS Nagaraj >> Sonia would have refused to give her daughter to the 'lowly' Hindu boy.
It is not just about religion it is more about race. Would Saint sonia agreed to have her daugther married to say the son of her trusted lieutenant , AK Antony? Never...
Which brings another point.. right from beginning, the Nehru Dynasty, despite is pretence of liberal progressivism has never been inclusive. They have been so much Delhi Centric and never allowed people outside a select social circle to enjoy power. MMS enjoys power because of his weakness. See how kamarajar was treated by Indira Gandhi. Or see how Pranab has been cunningly cornered into a token post by Saint Sonia and Co. And see the treatment meted out to Congress Leaders and former PMs like Late Shri Narasimha Rao and LB Shastri. That is the dynasty for you. Liberal outside but borderline racism inside.
Many of Robert Vadra's relations on his dad's side were sympathisers of Hindu Right/RSS. Of course Mommy of Vadra is a Christian, but not Indian one, but a British/scottish one.
There are no issues as such in this, anyone has right to choose his or her faith and his or her spouse in India, and we are a free country. But the problem is what happens after that. In vadra's case, his dlf dealings are just one part of story. The more disturbing story is the way his daddy, sister and brother died through accidents/suicides. And no one is going to probe that. And if someone raises questions, they are branded as godse supporters. Now, this is the real problem in India. There is no real freedom of expression here.
One may wonder how could a a person of Robert background hook Priyanka Gandhi.The answer is is simple.If Robert had continued his Hindu background by his father,Sonia would have refused to give her daughter to the 'lowly' Hindu boy.The selection is purely based on the fact that Robert is a Christian.
4 D Ramki
" Do you think this strategy is unique?'
Not at all. In fact the media NEVER accuses or find fault with ANY woman. On the other hand, it will happily give full coverage for any allegation by the female, blaming a male - from rape to calling bad names.
This is an epidemic in journalism. Nothing unique in this 'strategy'.
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