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Origins, Destinations

Sonia's origins still come to haunt her—she won't gulp it down quietly anymore

Origins, Destinations
Origins, Destinations
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"Those who question my patriotism should first point out when, from the time I became Indiraji's daughter-in-law until now, have I ever failed to conform to Indian traditions; what fundamental values of a secular Indian family have I failed to adopt?"
—Sonia Gandhi in Jaipur on October 16.

The Congress president wrung tears from the women of Rajasthan by casting herself in the role of the beleaguered widow cruelly lampooned by wily political rivals. But her emotional public response to BJP and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders' caricature of her as an "import" has served only to underline the irony that she remains both the Congress' chief strength, and its Achilles heel. Or so party leaders fear and admit in private.

It is the first time in four years that Sonia has directly responded to provocative remarks on her foreign origin. This, according to party sources, she did on the advice of her scions-in-perpetual-waiting, Rahul and Priyanka, who felt it was time their mother went on the offensive. After all, every time she's turned aggressive,...
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