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Is Sonia Gandhi a Real Indian Saint Accused as an Italian Carpet Bagger?

Rajiv - Sonia File Photo Courtsey https://www.facebook.com/malayalamlive
Few women in history had to undergo a life as dramatic as that of Sonia Gandhi, the Italian born Chair person of the United Progressive Alliance, which had been governing India for the last 7 years.
In fact, the personal and emotional turmoil Sonia was forced to face on account of her own personal choices are harsher than those experienced by many of India's great saints.

Today, Sonia Gandhi, like her countryman Caesar, had to do the ultimate sacrifice by taking a double stab for the sake of India, a country of saints, which must earn her sainthood.

In a single speech, Sonia had to acknowledge the cause of the Tamils who murdered her husband for their cause and denounce Italy, her country of birth which is in a dispute with India, a country she has adopted.

Italian waitress

Many in India believe, based on the western media which has proclaimed her the 4th richest politician and powerful woman in the world, that Sonia is a corrupt foreign intruder, out to destroy India. Her detractors however cannot explain what she and her family are doing in the heat and dust of Delhi, leading a frugal lifestyle, rather than basking on a sunny Mediterranean Island if she owns billions.

Not a lot is known about the circumstances in which Sonia met Rajiv, the scion of the Gandhi family and agreed to marry him despite great cultural and social differences. For a young Italian bride, hardly aware of the prejudice and taboo of archaic India, the very thought should have given nightmares.

Book Review: Tea Time with Terrorists



This article was originally published in Wandering World


Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey Into The Heart Of Sri Lanka's Civil War

Here is a subject and country you don't often see written about or travelled around. Sri Lanka, formerly called Ceylon, definitely has a good reason for such a lack of written experience, having been in the midst of a decades long civil war and considered one of the poorest nations in the world, as well as being known as the home of modern terrorism. Mark takes full advantage of this "blank palette" of the world and creates an informative, insightful, sometimes surprising, often quite dangerous, fascinating and humorous look at this island nation that so many know so little about, let alone even knowing where it is located on the map.
In Mark's own words, he "sets out to find and report the most subjective and inaccurate news I can", having the thought that stories we have to tell are more true, less accurate, as compared to stories you see on the news, which are more accurate, less true.




Mark starts his journey in the south and works his way north to Jaffna. Along the way he starts to understand this "Galapagos of Terrorism". He puts a face to some of the most wanted terrorists in the world, literally also, with pictures throughout, and sets out to show what real terrorists are like.

Monday, May 23, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

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