One question I am dying to ask… Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi completes 10 years at the helm of the Congress today, and difficult as it may be to believe, she has become the longest serving president of the Indian National Congress. In ten years, a reluctant foreign bahu, who spoke with a pronounced accent and was dead against her husband getting into politics, has become a canny, nationally recognisable figure, capable of keeping together a ragtag coalition of egotistical and self-serving politicians.

There are some who say the Congress is a much better party than the one she inherited; there are some others who say it is all downhill from here. There are some who say she represents dynastic politics at its worst; there are some others who say she has nothing to prove after having listened to her “inner voice” and saying no. There are some who say she is the Pope’s mole in Delhi; there are some who say she represents a future clean from religious hate.

What is the one question you are dying to ask Sonia Gandhi? Keep your queries, short, civil and shorn of misogynism.

Photograph: courtesy The Guardian/ London

Also read: CHURUMURI POLL: Shouldn’t Sonia be a ‘Gandhi’?

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38 Responses to “One question I am dying to ask… Sonia Gandhi”

  1. Manku Thimma Says:

    Sonia gandhi,

    when u think of poor, y u think of people belong to perticular community is poor. Is poverty in our country is with only a perticular caste/religeon?

    Y not impliment anti poverty measures based on economic background of individual family???

    How long u keep playing caste/religion politics?

    Is it not caste based politics is equally dangerous as so called hindutva forces? Y take high moral ground, when u r playing caste politics?

  2. Yashica Says:

    After having withstood slanderous assaults on your foreign origin and daughter-in-law status, what is your opinion of Indian males? Do you believe Indian women will ever be treated as their equals?

  3. poli hudga Says:

    How does it feel to reject PM post ? What was(is) your strategy for after making Congress more electable ? No doubt Cheddis will make it easier for you by exposing their intellectual bankruptcy by harping on your foreign origin (again and again and again).

  4. taks Says:

    poli hudga is another of those fanatics compete with the cheddis.
    he must be from the topi gang or from the white coat gang.

    look at his post… glorifying Maino.

    it is obvious where his loyalties lie… thats why the cheddi hatred..
    no wonder he has no balanced views.

  5. Narayana Says:

    What happened to Bofors Money?
    Why was Rahul carrying such huge cash at Boston when he was caught by FBI?
    Why does not Italy allow naturalized citizens to become prime minister?

  6. MysooruBoyz Says:

    Do you ever feel like packing it all up and enjoying your wealth? Maybe in Italy…

  7. AnonyMys Says:

    Soniaji, after 10 years , other than bringing up Rahul as PM do you have any agenda to clean up the Aegean stable called Indian politics?

  8. krishna Says:

    Which beverage was served to Rajiv in Cambridge that inspired him to ignore political ramifications and marry a girl of foreign origin?

  9. mayura Says:

    How is your export of Indian artifacts doing? Do you have a large client base in Arbassano, Italy?

  10. nagma Says:

    how much was your cut in the deal brokered by your close italian associate who was allowed to escape from india and whose bank accounts were de frozen subsequently.When will your beta Rahul Gandhi marry.

  11. Kadana Kuthuhala Says:

    I want to create a hindu only india. Will you help me achieve that??

  12. Vitlan Potli Says:

    Is there a expiration date for the protection that you have given to Quattrochi? When will the law be able to produce him in an Indian court?

  13. tarlesubba Says:

    wow!! such a nice, warm & fuzzy picture. rajiv looking ahead, sonia at his feet and yet marching ahead, covered all the way upto her head, complete with half naked indians in tow.

    this one is meant as much to appeal to stereotypes as it is meant re-inforce them.

    i am trying to recollect if there was ever any other nice and fuzzy pics in the one question i am dying to ask series. all i can remember is brooding portraits, idiots in compromising positions or some such stuff…

    the only other soft fuzzy image was of again the same lead couple eating ice at india gate.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11862727@N07/

    i guess you cant make churumuri without kaangress kaLLekaayi.

  14. Hesaralli Yenide Says:

    @ ‘tarlesubba’ ‘kaangress kaLLekaayi’ :) super
    @ poli hudga u r a ‘chaddi’phobic never seen a person who hates chaddi to this extent…… why not wear the chaddi once and experience how it feels ???

  15. Bhamy V Shenoy Says:

    What would have been your chances of congress party offering the job of PM to you if it was a vibrant party with talented, didicated, sincere, honest members the way it was during pre-independence?

    A follow up question: if you really revitalize the congress party to pre-indepence stature, what would be the chances of your son becoming the leader of the congress party after you?

  16. Sathya Says:

    365 x 10 = 3650 days. No man has come up in Congress. For everything Madam and HIgh Command..that is the culture of Congress. They have mortgaged/hypothecated their heads to the President. Jai Head Mistress of the Congress. Look forward to celebrating the silver jubilee of the Congress Presidentship by the same president. Jai Soniamaata!

  17. Anonymous Guy Says:

    How could you smirk and sit listening, when your party MP were grovelling before you and making vomit-worthy speeches about your ‘greatness’, when they were trying to persuade to be their prime minister? Did you enjoy the show when your party people were singing paens to you in a hijra-like manner on national television?

  18. Yeddi Says:

    Who will you appoint as the leader of opposition after the assembly elections in Karnataka?

  19. tarlesubba Says:

    duh! she is half italian. pardon my stereo keyboarding but if there is anybody more parochial than the biraders of the north, especially to the west of the indus, it is the italians.

    have you not seen the godfather and observed what sonny and michael do to their italian wimmen? expressly contrast that to the parochialism in eradu kanasu. essentially, the kalpana character puts her foot down and crawls right back in from where an impotent and incapable rajkumar drops her. (btw kudos to RK to have done such a role in the peak of his career. cant imagine any of these modern days heroes going anywhere near that role)

    before you prescribe the right pills to me, i know this is all not reality and only celluloid world. but writing and cinema represents some part of idealism of their societies no? only thing that has changed in the movies made in mumbai is the celluite content, otherwise the image of a ‘bahurani’ still rocks. and guess who has perfected that role, complete with a seragu over head?

    wake me up when they write anything even bordering
    makkaLiddare kaNe akka, mane tumba.
    not withstanding all the vulgarities we see around us, that single line of poetry represents a > 1000 year tradition of girl power.

    not some artless opportunist who relies on a whole lot of cultural nonsense, a bunch of shandas and the thapars and the sanghvis and the mehtas of the world for sustenance.

    gimme a mayawati and jj any day.

  20. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi Says:

    Q: Hey Sonia, what resembles half a spaghetti?
    A: The other half!

    Ahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

  21. tarlesubba Says:

    SVA love it the way you enjoy your own jokes. way to go.

  22. RF Says:

    Do you really feel that ur son could be a worthy leader ??…If you could advice all and sundry and be the power center of the nation , with all your wisdom and knowledge why cant you stop your bumbling son and send him to Italy to tend to some vespa scooter?

  23. AnonyMys Says:

    Other than sycophancy to the Nehru-Gandhi family, what other leadership qualities are nurtured in the Congress Party?

  24. Janasamanya Says:

    Could you kindly make our people (mainly politicians) disciplined, law abiding, have a futuristic vision, provide good governance and act in a dignified and saner manner?

  25. Sathya Says:

    STOP pARANINDE AND ATMAPRASHAMSE.

  26. pulikeshi the last Says:

    Do you ever wonder about a mindless, illiterate, Italian woman who rules India? What if that woman were black or oriental?

  27. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi Says:

    Come on, Tarle, you have to agree that my question makes as much sense as some of the others that have been asked here ; -)

  28. ANIL Says:

    WHAT DID YOU ACHIVE BY CALLING MOUT KA SOUDAGAR?

    WANT TO PLEASE MINORITIES?

    OK WHAT IS YOUR CONTRIBUTION?

    YOU CAN ONLY BECOME CONGRESS CHIEF?
    B’COS CONGERSS HAS GOT NO BRAIN

    YOU ARE THE CHIEF OF BRAINLESS PEOPLE.
    YOU CAN ONLY CALL OTHER THAN CONGERSS AS MOUT KA SOUDAGAR.
    INDEED YOUR PARTY IS MOUT KA SOUDAGAR.

    MOST OF THE PLACES COMMUNIAL ROIT HAS TAKEN B’COS OF CONGERSS. AND ITS PEOPLE

    YOUR ANY JUDICIAL OR CBI ENQUIRY WILL NEVER COME OUT OR PUNISH YOUR PARTY MEMBERS.
    EXAMPLE DAVANGERE ROIT IN KARANATAK IN 1990

    WHO LONG YOU WANT PLAY COMMUNIAL AND CAST POLITICS?

  29. Pulikeshi the Last Says:

    A question we should be asking ourselves:

    Aren’t we very much like the British? They used to import their royals from Hanover. Our ruling royal comes from Italy.

    I wouldn’t mind in the least if the golden girl (our reverence for white skin!) had an ounce of Mahatma’s greatness and Nehru’s vision. Indiramma inflicted the rookie Rajiv and the amoral Sanjay on us. Now this billionaire foreign amma is foisting her non-educated, uneducable Harvard and Oxfordian son on us, while the daughter handles the family’s billions garnered from the foundations set up to memorialize a power hungry family’s rapaciousness.

    The Mughals have been in power too long after independence. Why can’t we an Akbar once in a while?

  30. Bellary Jeans Says:

    Sonia,

    Do you know what is Bellary?

  31. pulikeshi the last Says:

    TS–

    How is Sonia “half” Italian? She is as full-blooded an Italian as the Medicis. Poor in Italy, she became a royal in India.

  32. Pulikeshi the last Says:

    Bellary Jeans–

    Not anymore than Indiramma knew what Chikkamagaluru was. We might take comfort in the thought that the entire district of Bellary is out of the Congress’s hands and Priyanka will not win if she were to contest from there.

  33. Gaby Says:

    Iam curious- why do you think P the Last that Bellary is out of the reach of the Kaangress?

  34. Pulikeshi the last Says:

    Gaby,

    Janardhana Reddy is the MLA and his brother the MP. The Congress lost seven of its surest constituencies in the last election. Not much money is leaving Karnataka in suitcases to fill the coffers of the Congress. Prakash, or his son, is sure to take a drubbing.

  35. Gaby Says:

    So that’s what it is the Reddy’s vs the Gandhi’s after all. So you can se there isnt any diffrence between the Sonia Kripaposhita Nataka Mandali and the Reddy Drama House!This is the gathi of the people of Vijayanagara.

  36. Pulikeshi the last Says:

    Karnataka is a tragedy. The Reddies are a thamasha. Sonia is a farce for us with tremendous destructive power. The audience, and many actors, stand to lose big time.

  37. Sudhir Says:

    Why did you refuse to become Indian citizen for over 10 years staying in Indian PM’s house and voted as an Italian in an Indian election?

  38. Hosa-Belaku Says:

    You always disliked politics, but have been drawn into it full-time. What have you changed in the Congress that may have made politics less distasteful to you/everyone over the years?

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