Sanjay’s men and women



Sanjay Gandhi has been resurrected. Forgotten for nearly thirty years, both, the BJP and the Congress, are invoking him. For different reasons though.

The BJP leadership is seeing Sanjay as the “lesser villain” in, as quote L.K. Advani blogged “the unforgiveable crime” of imposing Emergency. To the BJP the Emergency is like Nazis rule and its imposition a greater sin than its excesses.

The Congress, on the other hand, charges Sanjay Gandhi of “over enthusiasm” in dealing with certain programmes and I quote yet again: “Unfortunately, in certain spheres, over enthusiasm led to compulsion in enforcement of certain programmes like compulsory sterilisation and clearance of slums. Sanjay Gandhi had by then emerged as a leader of great significance. It was due to his support to family planning that the government decided to pursue it more vigorously. He also promoted slum clearance, anti dowry measures and promotion of literacy but in an arbitrary and authoritarian manner much to the annoyance of the popular opinion”.

In its recently released volume “The Congress and the making of the Indian Nation” commemorating the 125th year of its founding, the Congress admits to its mistakes not of the Emergency but its excesses; the authoritarian style of Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi inability to deal with the power brokers in the Party.

I knew both Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi. Sanjay was an authoritarian and Rajiv a gentleman; Sanjay was obsessed with politics and Rajiv wanted to steer clear of it. Sanjay had no patience while Rajiv was tolerant and made space for viewpoints other than his. Sanjay helped his friends come to power while Rajiv friends spelt his doom. Sanjay’s pals swore by him; Rajiv’s buddies parted ways. Sanjay was a self-anointed Emperor; Rajiv a reluctant ruler. Equally Sanjay’s wife, Maneka, was madly ambitious; in contrast Rajiv’s widow went into a shell and did not join politics till it became absolutely necessary. Given a chance Maneka would give her right arm to grab power; Sonia willing to call it a day sooner than later.

Sanjay’s regime saw the emergence of young and educated people. If  Ambica Soni, Kamal Nath, Ghulam Nabi Azad are ministers it is thanks to Sanjay Gandhi: it was he who handpicked them and pushed them to contest elections. When they entered Parliament as MPs it was a pleasant change: for the first time the corridors were dominated with fresh and young faces who were forthcoming, frank and articulate. In the House, of course, they functioned as Sanjay Gandhi’s shouting brigade: ready to kill if anyone uttered a word against Mrs Indira Gandhi or her tyrannical rule during the Emergency. If the Opposition rued throttling of democracy, Sanjay’s lieutenants blocked all  criticism, thanks to lung power. So if one were to assess whether the young MPs made any significant contribution within Parliament the answer is easily NO. Their brief was to shout down everyone who even attempted to criticise, attack, demean or demonize Mrs Gandhi. On this count, their scores were enviably high.

There is a view that if Sanjay Gandhi had lived, India’s Destiny would have been different. For better or worse is anybody’s guess. Sanjay loyalists, and there are still quite a few, swear that

Sanjay would have put the country on fast track development: irrespective of consequences. His critics, who easily outnumber the handful of his supporters, argue that he would have steered the country to Disaster. He was undoubtedly authoritarian and rarely took no for an answer. In fact never. His style was: I command; you obey.

Sanjay was a man of few words. His speeches did not extend beyond four sentences: literally. His pet themes then were blood donation and tree plantation, if I remember correctly. He was known to push his friends irrespective of their antecedents. Arjan Das was one such, I think a motor mechanic by profession and one who dabbled in politics; his contribution mainly being his nuisance value.

Sanjay’s best friends were Kamal Nath and Jagdish Tytler: Kamal Nath, now a minister and Tytler somewhat out of favour. The eighties slogan was: Sanjay Gandhi ke do haath; Tytler aur Kamal Nath. The two wielded power and were Sanjay Gandhi’s eyes and ears. His death, however, changed equations: Mrs Indira Gandhi banished Tytler while Kamal Nath, though granted access, lost the influence he wielded during Sanjay’s lifetime.

One person who Sanjay Gandhi hated-reportedly-was Dhirendra Brahmachari: yoga guru who trained Mrs Indira Gandhi and was in many ways her mentor. The infamous slapping story, wherein Sanjay Gandhi had allegedly struck his mother, had something to do with the differences the two had over Dhirendra Brahmachari.

During the Emergency, his constant companion was Ruksana Sultana: actor Saif Ali Khan’s former mother in law: his ex wife Amrita Singh’s mother. Ruksana claimed that she and Sanjay were “ice cream buddies”. In other words, he would take her for a drive past midnight and buy her ice cream at India Gate: Ruksana’s version of course. She wielded immense clout during the Emergency; had an enviable collection of jewellery, which she told me, like she did the ice cream story, were heirlooms. But I suspect that she looted them from the jewellers in the walled city, who thanks to Sanjay, were terrified of her.

Amrita Singh, I knew as a kid. At that point in time, only her mother used foul language. She abused in English. Years later when I met Amrita on the sets in Mumbai during one of her shootings, I heard her also use foul language. I was not shocked because neither she nor her mother, despite claims of blue blood, were well bred. It is ironic but even Maneka Gandhi, who Sanjay later married, uses foul language: and bi-lingually. Mrs Indira Gandhi’s problem with Maneka, among many, was that she was ill bred.

So much for Sanjay’s men and women.

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  • http://- Rajeev

    So in sum-
    Sanjay was bad, his wife is bad, Rajiv was good, his wife is good.
    Basically it means that I bow to the people in power.

    What kind of journos does India have?

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    ravi Reply:

    guys! remeber “paid news” saga & radiagate !both tell how these journos write their articles.their crediblity is questionable.

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  • Sobriquet

    I interacted with Sanjay Gandhi often during the days when he was flying his Pitts S-2 and found him to be polite and friendly. I therefore disagree with Kumkum Chadha’s generic assessment.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    Sobriquet
    nowhere have i said that sanjay was rude. i have said he was a man of few words and had little patience and that if you have interacted with him is correct

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    girish Reply:

    I think India would have developed fast if Sanjay Gandhi would have been alive, Though someway he used his mother power but he would have definitely changed India, in a good way.

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  • Mukesh

    What are you trying to convey? Yet another journo paid by 10 Janpath and looking for a PadmaShri. What about Sanjay’s ‘buddies’ Azad, Ambika, Kamal Nath, Tytler – not a word against them – everything against Sanjay and Meneka. Of course Sonia is blue blooded and so are all those in power – rest everybody is ill-bred!!! New low in Indian journalism – what a shame

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    Rajeev Reply:

    A waitress and her low IQ son are blue blood but a woman from decent family and her intelligent son are low class.
    This is the true class of Indian journalism…CHOR SAALE

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  • Tanuja

    Ms. Kumkum Chaddha is maligning people who have done nothing to her or the ordinary people of India. What has Amrita Singh got to do with this article that she’s being dragged through muck. Did Ms. Chadda see for herself or has proof that Ms Sultan’s jewellery was looted? And how does she know Sonia Gandhi is a reluctant entry? its all political drama to keep the seat warm for a very undeserving younger Gandhi

    Ms. Chaddha should keep her personal opinions to herself and behave like a responsible journalist. though i wonder what her creentials are.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    Tanuja,
    let me answer your objections one by one:
    a)Amrita Singh is mentioned in the context of her mother who was close to Sanjay Gandhi and played a controversial role during the Emergency. Take the trouble of going to the walled city and speak of the jewellers of that time and they will tell you ow she operated. I went and spoke to them and know what I am saying. Yet because there is no doumentary evidence to the jewellery she collected and everyone was so scared at that time that they did not wish to say anything on record that lot of what was known could not be published. Therefore I have said I suspect…
    And as for my credentials do a google search

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    tanuja,
    sorry forgot to answer your query about how I know that sonia gandhi is a reluctant entry. anyone who knows indian politics or has closely watched and written about developments knows that she took seven years after her husband’s death to say yes to politics. And having covered both husband and wife in amethi extensively, i know a lot more both professionally and personally.

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  • Manohar Lal Sharma

    Sanjay Gandhi is no more. Giving a wrong colour to a departed soul is not a good idea. If he would have been alive and in power, I believe, Ms. Kumkum Chadha would not have written this type of article rather would have written long articles in his praise as she is writing in praise of Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. It looks Ms. Chadha is a big sycophant of Sonia Gandhi.

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    Abhinav Reply:

    My uncle knew and met Sanjay Gandhi many times. His impression was that of a very polite man with clear objectives and a vision. Problem with jourons like Kumkum chadhdha (don’t know who she is) that they go by ‘kitty party’ vision, and form their opinions on mannerisms instead of political astuteness and capabilities. Snajay was a born leader of men while Rajiv was not, Sanjay was authoritatian but knew how to get things done, so is the chinese leadership today and look what have they achieved. Rajiv Gandhi was a spectacular failure, look at the blunders he made – shah bano case which resulted in the meteoric rise of BJP, opening the locks of Babri masjid for worship which resulted in the pulling down later, bofors case (where he could not control the damage), association with qattarochi, list goes on. Argument given by Sonia’s supporters is that he was a gentleman (meaning guillible and foolish) but do we need a gentelman? Country needs a person who knows realpolitik, who is a leader, who can provide good administration and has a vision. We have another so called ‘gentelman’ aka MMS in power and look what is the state of things now. To sum it up Rajiv was never suited to rule the land , Snajay had every quality to do so.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    abhinav it depends whether you are pro democracy or authoritarian rule. And if you bother to read carefully I have said that there are two views about sanjay but then i find that often one is keen to jump to conclusions and spew venom

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    Jyoti basu Reply:

    congress paid media as simple as she is ?

    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    Thank you Manohar, for concluding that I am a sycophant. As for giving a wrong colour to the dead, I think it is important to state facts and I have no problems doing that irrespective of the power quotient.
    Read what I have written on Advani;he is out of power.

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  • Nitin

    Grow up Ms. Chadha……..and dont shame the country with such silly articles

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    Nitin given that you are mature you should not read them

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  • eddie

    DIVERSION To deny that the current bjp-congress nexxus is not ANARCY
    and to blame pakistan or sanjay as the anarchy.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    eddie, nowehere does the article suggest this

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  • Suzy

    Bad grammar, bad sentence structure. In short, Ms. Chaddha is a poor writer and a sycophant to boot.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    tx suzy

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  • Abhinav

    BTW Ms. or Mrs. Chadha whosoever you are. Please do not disguise yourself as a journo (its plain that you are too partial) and officially proclaim where you get your salary from, for providing us with this spin art.

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  • Pranav

    Are you really a journalist?? It felt like as is a college kid was writing an email to complaining about another student.

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  • Candor

    Basically, Indira Gandhi was not satisfied with both her sons. One was over buoyant and other was too calm to fit into politics. The mistakes Gandhis did was to consider them impunitive and above law. Forced family planning operations in UP and Bihar with a political motive of increasing muslims population in those states for vote bank politics, Sanjay’s philandering across India had already made him unfit for top post. His marry Maneka proved him not a yes Mom boy. His untimely death saved India from a man who was thinking after doing something. This generally happens when you grow your children with wrong notion that India is their family property.

    Rajiv Gandhi too proved novice and a liability and ultimately paid price for his misdeeds. Now, his waitress wife is made the head of the party who has ruled India mostly. There is really something fishy that all these Congressmen are so inclined to Gandhis. Gandhis seem holding the keys of looted treasure from India.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    right candor, the gandhis have this problem of treating the country as their fiefdom;mrs gandhi did it and now even sonia gandhi is keeping the seat warm for her son.

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  • Rahmat

    To spew garbage after a person is dead speaks volumes about the character of person. I was witness to law and order deterioration prior to imposition of emergency. You could hardly feel safe on streets of New Delhi. I saw a young Sikh couple nearly getting killed by hoodlums throwing stones and taunting them in broad day light near Regal cinema. The couple was newly wed and the hoodlums were passing lewd remarks while throwing stones. Such behaviours soon vanished once emergency was imposed. Now one could feel safe and secure on the very same streets even at night.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    rahmat as i said do you prefer authoritarian rule or dictatorship versus democracy? And as for safety and security it can come if systems are in place,courts are on fast track and culprits realise that they cannot go scot free.

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  • Rakaab

    chaddha seems to have been a close aide of rajiv, sonia, indira, sanjay, maneka. she must’ve made a lot of money then. she’s a predecessor of barkha dutt for sure.
    n yes, did she go to jail during emergency when all the journos had this opportunity?? she should answer this.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    rakaab i did not go to jail during the emergency. That was the year I started my career.As for being a close aide, no but yes as a journalist i have written about them extensively: all the gandhis. As for making money, I don’t think I owe you an explanation except to say that constructive criticism is always welcome minus the abuse.
    That to my mind is thw difference between being well bred and ill bred.

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    umesh Reply:

    Ms KumKum it seems you have a PhD in the field of ill bred and well bred. I think you have overstepped a number of times during the course of this article.

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  • RAJEEV SHARMA

    I understand that an educated person should not narrate on gossip basis. I think, though I was not born that time but being with power now, Mr. Sanjai Gandhi could has changed the status of our country prevailing today with controlled population, wide roads, no religious encrochments, no presures from neighbouring areas, and we could have been a power in itself. My thought is that he has been forced to meet his fate.

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  • Lee

    Ms. Chadha, I understand that your article is based on events from your life, and that your experiences with Sanjay Gandhi have not been very good. I believe, that when you’re in a position where your words reach a lot of people, it is your duty to look at all sides of a picture and convey them. And if that is what you have done, I appreciate your hard work and dedication to get this across to the masses. Although, like Mr. Sharma here said, let sleeping souls lie. There is no accomplishment in tarnishing the name of a person long gone. To people who believed in him, and still do, let the memories be as it is. Doesn’t hurt anyone does it?

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    Lee,
    you would be surpried to know that I was among the handful of journalists that sanjay gandhi spoke to and gave whatever limited interviews he ever did to the media.
    as for my experience with sanjay gandhi let me tell you that he and i were co-accused in a defamation case and he had offered all legal help to me to fight the case so let us not talk about my expeience. It was his politics that was the problem

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    Mukesh Reply:

    Ms/Mrs Chadda,

    Looks like the name Sanjay Gandhi touches a raw nerve in you. You might have been close, very close to Sanjay and seem to be obsessed with him and his friends because following is what you have written in the past:

    http://blogs.hindustantimes.com/just-people/2009/03/31/on-being-varun-gandhis-parents/

    “Sanjay was known to have a charmed circle of friends. Totally committed. When part of his bandwagon got elected to Parliament, they had more nuisance value than commitment. Often they would stall proceedings and not let the House function. What they would speak, when they would speak and Sanjay Gandhi choreographed all how much they would say. They had been stationed in Parliament to counter any attack on Sanjay or Mrs Gandhi. Leading the shouting brigade were Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ramchandra Rath, Jagdish Tytler and Kamalnath: now leaders in their own right.
    Ambica Soni and Ruksana Sultan were the two women who were considered Sanjay Gandhi’s eyes and ears. As Youth Congress President, Soni often shared the platform with Sanjay and heaped praise on him. Ruksana, whose identity was later reduced to being film star Amrita Singh’s mother, claimed that she and Sanjay were “ice cream buddies” whatever that may mean. She wielded immense power during the Emergency. Ruksana had an enviable collection of jewellery. Many pieces, she told me, were family heirlooms but I suspect they belonged to the jewellers in the Walled city, who she traumatized during the Emergency.”

    Maybe you have something personal – please get over it!

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    mukesh,
    what i have written in the past does not contradict what i am saying now. And as for it touching a raw nerve, let me assure you i do not use public platforms or writing spaces to settle scores or debate personal issues. I am mature enough to handle them privately.Hence you are completely off the mark: sadly.

    Lee Reply:

    I understand…

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  • Praveen Saxena

    Would the Congress Party have come out with this version of its History if Sanjay Gandhi had been alive ?

    Also we cannot agree with the contention that

    ” Equally Sanjay’s wife, Maneka, was madly ambitious; in contrast Rajiv’s widow went into a shell and did not join politics till it became absolutely necessary. Given a chance Maneka would give her right arm to grab power; Sonia willing to call it a day sooner than later ”

    The way things have turned out and are evident today, it is just the opposite.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    praveen,you may not agree but Maneka was madly ambitious which was one of the reasons of her rift with Mrs Indira Gandhi. Yes Sonia is in power and the current situation is like you say the opposite but sonia would willingly take a back seat once her son is named Prime Minister. Till then she will remain centre stage.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    But Kumkumji u ahave not addressed the first part of my response

    Would the Congress Party have come out with this version of its History if Sanjay Gandhi had been alive ?

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    Praveen, i don’t hold a brief for the congres party but had sanjay been alive the history of the congress and country been different. and so also the volume were it to be published.

  • sk

    This article is part reportage part sycophancy and part yellow journalism

    Reference to Kamal Nath, Tytler and Sanjay’s activities relevant.

    Reference to Rajiv and Sonia – Sycophancy

    Reference to Amrita Singh, totally unnecessary.

    Reference to some people being “ill bred” totally elitist and yellow journalism.

    (And this sentence may have a typo or it does not make sense: “I was not shocked because neither she nor her mother, despite claims of blue blood, were well bred.”

    Should “well bred” be “ill bred” or there two categories of being bred well – good (well) and superior (blue).)

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    sk your view which i cannot dispute

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  • mona singh

    maneka ji is aimbitious right ill bred. so what she is single parent work hard to earn money to look after her son sonia ji is great great…… person no aim for Politics so why she side line varun maneka from congress after all she is greater preson left PM post so why can’t she just make family one maneka ji has great aim not sonia ji beacuse you had already said that maneka ji is ill bred i think you had see her childhood people do big crime and scam congress sonia don’t make there CD great forgiven people. varun gandhi CD by congress what a luck gift by congress or warning thank God he had join bjp not congress otherwise he will be given a more great gift by great people we are not fool
    bad work if you want to do for india don’t join Politics if you are aimbitious but want to do good for india join Politics go for it “every one is greedy want money fame power some do in right way some by doing wrong so show it they want it some only show there greatness but no one is fool”

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    mona, at no point have I said that sonia is great. It is a conclusion you and some others are arriving at voluntarily.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    But you have not said that Sonia is fountain of corruption…Is she not?

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  • Mohan Ramchandani

    Ms. Chadha,

    I appreciate the way you have answered most of the people with such dignity.
    But have you noticed that not a single person have agreed with your views.? Why ?

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    tx mohan. Yes i usually refrain from using offensive tones or words because i feel that if writers have a right to express themselves through their writings,then readers have a greater right to say what they feel. I respect all views except am at a loss when the tone gets shrill, abusive and personal. At that point I step back and decide to remain silent. Having said that I wish to emphasize that I respect my readers and take whatever they say or write very seriously. I may not agree with everything they write but ponder over it I must. As for adjectives like yellow journalism,sycopancy, my conscience is clear and I write what i sincerely feel: I am true to my pen and my profession and thus have no quarrel with polluted minds.
    Yes I have noticed that no one has agreed with my views. But then often one stands alone and thinks differently.

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    jyoti Reply:

    simple , we can think she can’t

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  • abhi

    Jai Pranab. Jai Rahul. The corruption continues.

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  • Ranbir singh

    Dear Writer,

    Your words are hurting for few but TRUE,You are a journalist and its your job to critise and Speak with freedom.

    I also appriciate your personal answers to each and everyone comments.

    Very Informational Article.

    Thanks and Regards
    Ranbir singh

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  • Kumkum Chadha

    tx ranbir much needed given the flak i have got.

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    atul Reply:

    Guys: Ms Chadha,is an icon and its fair,given current realities with fallen icons,that we may view,each,sincere comment,as a pitch.

    The assumption of this ground reality,particularly with the New Media reader set,has probably escaped veterans.Equally,the presumptive attitude of the readers,is over the top.From what I can see, the issues are completely different.

    Neither is it the intention of the readership ,to get personal,as it appears,from a plain reading.Nor is the writer,pitching…in fact,rarely has the insider truth,been so effectively and civily written and shared.She has shared what perceptions,others had of others,in a given context:not what she has of them.The article is beautifully crafted.Look at the para on comparing the two brothers.This is her analysis bit. And she says it,as she sees it.

    It is text book precis.Just brilliant. And yet gives a 360 degree view.

    What then accounts for the flak.And the excessive personalisation in the responses above.

    Angst.Of the times.

    Nobody wants to read a positive story,today,for example,on how a good a Boy Scout,Suresh Kalmadi,was,if he was!Even if true,it would look like a plant.We are looking at his impact on us,today.

    Similarly,no one believes,that X or Y,is not interested in power,when looking at how much the nation is being robbed with immunity and,for whatever reason,for the sake of son or otherwise,they are,just holding on to it.

    They have won the fruit of that good and we do not want to be lulled and gulled,in to being led to believe,otherwise.The issues,we have with them,are different today.

    So it is not the article,that is drawing the flak.It is the reference to persons,and their quest of power,in quite another context.That context is not current today and our realities,with these actors,are different today.

    There is an old saying,’What would you do,if you were not angry’.

    And I suspect,you would react to this piece,quite differently.

    There is a litmus test,to integrity and it is usually,easily visible.

    The para,I loved and reffered above.On the comparisons between the two brothers.Nobody can say,it will please the current establishment .

    Read the article,for what it is.Again.In the context of,People in power and their times,which influenced,our history. This is what,the heading is all about.

    Yes,it has its flaws,nothing is perfect,certainly,nothing human.The reference to an actress,interacting in her space and not in power,is a bit,over the top.But that much reliance on it,is nit picking and throwing the baby with the bath water.The writer is obviously still angry,with the loot,that Delhi had to endure.Just as readers are angry,with the current loot .But ignore a line ,here or there-And you will see what good writing is. And how much detail and light she brings to the table:for her readers.

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    Kumkum Chadha Reply:

    thank you atul. You have put it brilliantly and objectively: many of my thoughts which i was unable to articulate.
    You have said it very well: to quote you “beautifully crafted”.

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    meeta Reply:

    The reference to Amrita Singh is not out of context. Sanjay Gandhi often had Rukhsana Sultana accompanying him in pictures, was glamorous and is also the mother of Amrita Singh – a much praised actress with doubtful looks – and very much relevant to an article on Sanjay gandhi with such a short life span. In fact I googled for Sanjay gandhi’s girlfriends and this article came up. he was known as a philanderer and Rukhsana Sultana’s name pops up prominently.
    She is part of the narrative whether anyone likes it not.

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  • http://abotaniland.blogspot.com/ Abotani

    what is foul language to you?

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  • Bunkabarabunbegu

    Ms Chadda you have said “did not join politics till it became absolutely necessary”
    My question – To whom?

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  • Rahul

    That were Ms.Chadda’s views and I feel what most other readers feel.
    It’s hard to judge anybody like that but I do get a feeling of this article being biased without any doubt.

    Here are the Khushwant Singh’s view when asked -

    Don’t you think you burnt your fingers with the Gandhis?
    Yes. But I supported Sanjay with good intentions. I was quite taken up by his ideas; slum clearance, family planning. Tree planting was an idea I planted in his head. The fellow was a doer, though his Maruti was a disaster.

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  • Nagabhushan

    Kumkum Chadhaji, Why is it that most of them against you in this comments section, that’s because your views are pro rule, I did a quite a few research on the article and its correctness from the web, there is a dominant view that Sanjay Gandhi though was a authoritarian had a vision for development of county, like others i too suspect how the mood of article would be had Sanjay been alive… Go in the direction of wind!

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    SG Reply:

    Ms chadda

    The fact that so many people has issues with the substance of your article and the fact that you are defending your article so vigorously speaks for itself. It is low on class and highly biased.

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  • http://insideoutio.blogspot.com Ravi

    The blog post is frank and forthright and I like it.

    People don’t like truth, be it about dead or alive. Can a person of questionable character (be it anybody) become noble when he dies? I find this perplexing! I don’t understand these hangups about ‘class’ either. Guess, these are ageless ghosts haunting our thinking.

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  • Anamika

    Absolutely lovely
    Is all I can say
    If the say the rest aloud
    It’ll be termed hearsay!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aakash-Gupta/100002866735356 Aakash Gupta

    Abhi

    If we were to accept chinese like country/men (totally your wording) then why we have blanket cover called “DEMOCRACY”

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  • Abdul Hafeez

    Nice Article, I think Mrs Chadha has remained true to facts, I have been a fan of her since my school days in the 90’s , since Mr Sanjay Gandhi remains such a divisive figure in Indian politics we are bound to see such sharp division of opinion, also its great to see the author take so much criticism and still reply with so much graciousness

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  • a

    Anti conversions laws are for a purpose.Christainity in the name of “aid” in most of the regions using donations from out of India.National Anthem i carried out in many countries. Hussain could have been better served had he done the painting of his own religiuos orders.There was a crude sexual deviency even ****** mentality that we are supposed to be protect in the name of liberaism.The mitry book uses ghati perjoratively remove ghati use any other perjorative suffixes like bhangi ,landya,homo and on,trust me the book reduces to a sad hate speech.One mosque was destroyed and so much of hullaboo.Battle of Panipat, 70000 hindus killled in the name of jihad look it up.Arundhati Roy loves Pakistan as wel she might stay there.Lasty indian havent persecuted muslims as Pakistani have persecuted hindus, christians and even shias, ahmediyya ,Khojas and bohris.

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  • Katarinasmith

    During the UPA Government there are Lots of scam and increase the Corrupt increase day by day and UPA Government is Misuse the CBI in different cases

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130505230123AAj2Yha

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  • FAKENAME

    “did not join politics till it became absolutely necessary”
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