Vir: Being as objective as can be about the Sonia-Giriraj color row, I think even the sophisticated version is wrong. (The thesis that Sonia, despite her obvious personal shortcomings, could thrive as she did only as a white person.)
Who voted Congress in 2004 and 2009? Traditional Congress voters and, in 2009, also many young, urban Indians -- for Manmohan Singh, not Sonia.
These constituencies could not be bothered whether Sonia was white, or whether she could speak without a foreign accent, or whether she was a mere dynastic inheritor, or a Catholic.
So, in political terms, would a 'Nigerian' Sonia really have it harder?
Chinmay | Posted On:
02 Apr 2015 | City: