"The Red Sari" irks Sonia Gandhi. Trouble for Javier Moro.
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"The Red Sari" irks Sonia Gandhi. Trouble for Javier Moro.

New Delhi : India | Jun 05, 2010 at 12:11 PM PDT
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The trouble has begun for "The Red Sari" [El Sari Rojo, in Spanish], subtitled When Life is the Price of Power. A book on Sonia by Javier Moro, that chronicles Sonia's life in India after her marriage with Rajiv Gandhi , and the tumultuous times she faced after his assassination.

The book is already in print in Latin and Spanish but is facing legal hurdles in India as the congress leaders including Sonia herself are not happy with the representation of facts.

The lawyers who are fighting the case for Mrs Gandhi feel that the book is "full of untruths, half-truths,, falsehoods, defamatory statements, completely imaginary and invented conversations".

The author and his publishers have been sent legal notices informing them they stop publishing the book.

The high point of the book that irked Sonia was the claim that she wanted to leave India, describing it as "this country devours its children" and complained about having to learn to speak Hindi. In the book, Moro states that "Sonia did not understand why she had to learn a language only spoken by servants".

It must be noted that Sonia Gandhi has emerged as the galvanizing force for the Congress Party in India, which was in shambles after the death of Rajiv. She has filled in the void and the success of the present Congress government is attributed to her stewardship and political acumen. There is no doubt that Sonia Gandhi has understood the pulse of Indian politics and is managing it so well.

The publication of this book in India is sure to make ripples, especially when Sonia Gandhi has so much influence in the world's second largest democracy.

aymaan30 is based in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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