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Congress: the gandhis

Valori Della Famiglia

As scandals reach the Gandhi family door, is the First Family’s halo finally waning?

Valori Della Famiglia
Jitender Gupta
Valori Della Famiglia
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The Dynasty is today under savage attack, is the end nigh? Discounting the happenings of the past couple of months, the last big corruption scandal to hit the Gandhis was Bofors in 1989. Since then there has been tragedy, drama, but all of it has only been fodder to the deification process of the family in the national imagination. Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated, the widow comes forth, becomes a reluctant politician, is initially thwarted, then rises to lead the party back to power. Her son, meanwhile, continues to prepare for his duty and dynastic calling. A daughter waits in the wings....

But suddenly, in the last two months dirt has flown, scandals have outed, sullying the picture and raising questions again about the first family of India. First came the Robert Vadra deals that left a derisive Indian public asking how Priyanka’s husband got rich so quickly (well, with a little help from friends, like a Congress CM and one of the nation’s top builders). Now questions are being raised about the manner in which the Congress party transferred Rs 90 crore to a private trust managed by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and members of their close inner circle. The charges were raised by known family baiter, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, who has in the past made wild allegations against the Nehru-Gandhis. But this time round there was enough meat in it for the party to issue a qualified mea culpa, but then it was all in the good cause of reviving National Herald, a defunct newspaper with a long association to the party. The scandal is complex, and there are issues for the income tax and legal authorities to examine.

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