“Which Indian politician do you find interesting, and like to know more about?” I asked an ex-colleague last week over a drink at the Press Club.
Pat came the reply: “Sonia Gandhi.”
I know plenty of people who are keen to know more about this Italy-born lady, and the desire to dig deeper into her mind was fuelled after the news came a few days ago that Sonia Gandhi had flown to the US for the treatment of an undisclosed ailment. There was absolutely no clarity on what had happened to her and why exactly she was there.
The mystery surrounding Sonia Gandhi for the past many years has clearly turned her into an interesting person. Hence, my ex-colleague’s wish to know her a little better did not surprise me. In fact, what I found really surprising was that I had not yet analysed her handwriting or signature on Write Choice despite knowing that a piece on her would be received well.
Over the weekend, I whispered to myself a cliche, better late than never, and began the hunt for Sonia Gandhi’s handwriting or signature sample. It was not difficult at all. I easily found a few signature samples. Here is what they say about her.
Before I go any further, I would like to give a balance to her personality by citing two incidents in her life. I am doing that because Sonia Gandhi is both liked and hated in India. And the two incidents present her in different lights.
The group that hates her says Sonia Gandhi is a manipulator who wants to grab power by hook or by crook. Her is why: some reports say that on March 14, 1998, she gave a go-ahead to her supporters to stage a constitutional coup against the then Congress president, Sitaram Kesri. The reports also said she hurriedly occupied Kesri’s seat when he was in the bathroom. Kesri was kept locked in the bathroom by the Congress goondas until her coup-d’etat was ratified by the assembled Congressmen. That’s how she became the Congress president.
But there is this grand diametrically opposite tale of how she sacrificed the throne after the thumping victory of her party in the 2004 General Elections. And later, she dumped into the chair a spineless thing, popularly known as Manmohan Singh.
In these incidents, Sonia Gandhi displayed two shades of her personality and both of them in a way attempt to neutralise each other. Therefore, it will be tough to say which of the two shades shows the real Sonia Gandhi. I won’t give a direct answer here. So, we look at her handwriting and know a little more about her.
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