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Twelve Questions Sonia Gandhi Would Have Been Asked In An Ideal World

Author: Swarajya Staff 
Publication: Swarajyamag.com
Date: November 22, 2016
URL:   http://swarajyamag.com/politics/twelve-questions-sonia-gandhi-would-have-been-asked-in-an-ideal-world

Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi recently gave a rare interview to a prominent English news channel, which the channel promoted as the ‘interview of the decade’. For those familiar with the workings of the Indian media, nothing sensational or revealing was expected of the interview. However, the final telecast of the same turned out to be disappointing for even them.

To be fair, it appears that the condition Sonia Gandhi had put before the channel for the interview was that it would not include politics. This itself deserves to be critiqued as to why the president of the principal opposition party and the de-facto Prime Minister for ten years doesn’t consider it appropriate to give interviews and when she does, she doesn’t talk politics.

Nonetheless, here are twelve questions that one hopes a journalist asks Sonia Gandhi one day:

1. Did you not realise that the Right to Education (RTE) was a blatantly communal bill and would have resulted in hundreds of schools being shut?

2. You are accused of being a super-prime minister and belittling the office of the PM between 2004-14. It is said that you held power without accountability and in hindsight your “voice of conscience” comment of May 2004 rings hollow. How would you respond to that?

3. When was the first time you got to know of the 2G scam and what were your first instructions to the government then?

4. It is alleged that files from the PMO used to come to 10 Jan Path for your approval. Don’t you think this undermines the Constitution of India?

5. In the context of the 1984 pogrom, what do you think of Rajiv Gandhi's "big tree falls. . ." comment?

6. How did you know Ottavio Quattrocchi and how did he get access to then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi?

7. In hindsight, do you think that Rajiv Gandhi could have handled the Shah Bano case and the Ram Janmabhoomi case differently?

8. A recent biography of his alleges that you did not allow the body of former prime minister Narasimha Rao to even enter the Congress headquarters after his demise. Why not clear the air once and for all on that?

9. Sharad Pawar left the Congress citing your foreign origin issue. How did you manage to convince him to be a Congress ally?

10. What is your opinion on the speculations around your son-in-law, Robert Vadra’s properties?

11. What was the need to transfer the ownership of National Herald to Young Indian Ltd, a non-profit owned by your son and yourself?

12. You are the president of the Congress party, and led the UPA during its two terms in power. Don’t you think that the people of India deserve to know basic information about your health, like they did about Dr Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee?
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