There have been accusations and rumors galore on Sonia Gandhi.
I have referred to couple of Biographies on Sonia Gandhi.
They seem to be at variance with each other.
So many books, so much contradictions!
If what Wikipedia says is true people should respect her privacy and not make wild allegations.
If on the other hand, the allegations are true,she should come clean.
It would be best to have here Biography written authorized by herself.
It would be in her interest and India to have this done as she is undoubtedly the one who controls the Congress party.
As things stand now, it is the only party that seems to have an edge over the other parties.
The Congress owes it to the Nation.
Said Sonia Gandhi, “Hindi, a language that only servants speak.”
SONIA GANDHI FIGHTS TO BAN ‘BOOK OF LIES’
By Dean Nelson in New Delhi.
SONIA GANDHI, the Italian head of India’s ruling Congress Party and widow of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, has launched a legal campaign to stop the publication of a “fictionalized biography” based on her life.
Mrs. Gandhi has taken exception to her portrayal in “The Red Sari” – by the Spanish writer Javier Moro – as a snob who wanted to leave India following her husband’s 1991 assassination. The book also portrays her as a central figure in Indira Gandhi’s 1975 imposition of emergency rule.
Authors and filmmakers have been drawn to the romance and tragedy of Mrs. Gandhi’s life. She married Indira Gandhi’s son Rajiv after meeting him at Cambridge in the mid- 1960s and was living with his family in New Delhi when his brother Sanjay died in a plane crash and Indira was killed by her Sikh guards. In 1991 Rajiv was assassinated by a Tamil suicide bomber.
Mr Moro’s book, which has been successful in Italy and Spain, is expected to be published in India later this year.
Lawyers for Mrs Gandhi yesterday described the book as “full of untruths, half truths, falsehoods, defamatory statements, completely imaginary and invented conversations”. They said she would “take all steps to protect and defend herself and her family”.
She appears to have been most wounded by its claim that she had wanted to leave India, describing it as “this country that devours its children” and had complained about having to learn to speak Hindi. In the book, Mr Moro writes that “Sonia did not understand why she had to learn a language only spoken by the servants”.
Both are potentially damaging for Mrs. Gandhi whose Italian nationality is used against her by opponents and whose supporters are overwhelmingly poor Hindi speaking voters.
Mr Moro yesterday defended his claim that she had wanted to leave India. “There were articles in the Italian papers. After her husband died, her mother called, and it’s logical that she asked, “When are you coming home?” It’s not far-fetched, it’s a literary licence,” he said.
An unauthorised “fictional biography” of Sonia Gandhi has angered the leader of India’s Congress party — prompting threats from her lawyer to block its publication.
Javier Moro, a Spanish writer, says his book El Sari Rojo (The Red Sari), which has already sold 230,000 copies, dramatises the “tale of the Nehru-Gandhi family, told through the story of Sonia Gandhi” and is not meant to be a conventional biography.
Mrs Gandhi’s lawyer says that the book, about to be published in English, is full of distortions. The Gandhi camp is particularly incensed by the way she is depicted as a victim of her Hindu environment.
Mr Moro’s account, about to come out in English, dwells on her relatively modest upbringing in Italy before she met Rajiv Gandhi while studying in Cambridge and moved to India to be his wife in 1968.
Abhishek Singhvi, spokesman for the Congress Party spokesman and head of its legal department, told The Times that he met Mrs Gandhi on Wednesday to discuss the book, and planned to sue for defamation if it was published in India.
“Mr Moro and his publisher, if they persist in their egregious conduct, will soon learn that India is governed by the rule of law, which includes the law of defamation,” Mr Singhvi said.
“For Mr Moro to pretend to be the injured martyr and talk of censorship is worse than the devil quoting the scriptures.”
He said there were cited a “huge list of distortions” including a passage describing how Hindu priests prevented Mrs Gandhi from attending her husband’s cremation.
He also disputed a passage describing how, after her husband’s death, she “suddenly thought of fleeing this country that devours its children”.
“Mr Moro’s refuge in the phrase ‘fictionalised biography’ is disingenuous,” he said.
It is not the first time Congress has tried to block an unauthorised dramatisation of Mrs Gandhi’s life: in 2006, it stopped the production of a film about her starring Monica Bellucci.
This year, a Bollywood film about a woman politician resembling Mrs Gandhi has had problems obtaining a universal classification from censors.
Congress has also been blamed for shutting down the office of an Urdu-language newspaper in Kashmir this week over a derogatory caption under a picture of Mrs Gandhi.
Wife of the Prime Minister
Sonia Gandhi’s involvement with Indian public life began after the assassination of her mother-in-law and her husband’s election as Prime Minister. As the Prime Minister’s wife she acted as his official hostess and also accompanied him on a number of state visits. In 1984, she actively campaigned against her husband’s sister-in-law Maneka Gandhi who was running against Rajiv in Amethi. At the end of Rajiv Gandhi’s five years in office, the Bofors Scandal broke out. Ottavio Quattrocchi, an Italian business man believed to be involved, was said to be a friend of Sonia Gandhi, having access to the Prime Minister’s official residence. In 1980, her name appeared in the voter’s list for New Delhi prior to her becoming an Indian Citizen, when she was still holding Italian Citizenship. It was a violation of Indian Laws. When she did acquire Indian Citizenship in April 1983, the issue cropped up again, as her name appeared on the 1983 voter’s list when the deadline for registering had been in January 1983.
Senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee said that she surrendered her Italian passport to the Italian Embassy on 27 April 1983. Italian nationality law did not permit dual nationality until 1992. So, by acquiring Indian citizenship in 1983, she would automatically have lost Italian citizenship.
El sari rojo (The Red Sari)-Spanish.