The Nehru-Gandhi families are celebrities in their own right.
And like every celebrity, they partake in activities that send the media on sensational overdrives. The more they try to hide themselves, the more inadvertently curious the media gets. Scandals are essentially an ingrained part of the family motto.
Right from Motilal Nehru’s double marriage, Jawaharlal Nehru’s relationship with Edwina Mountbatten, Indira Gandhi’s torrid marriage to Feroze Gandhi, and Rajiv’s scandalous marriage to Sonia, the country has witnessed a great deal of drama and only ached for more.
Next in line, the most eligible bachelor of them all, Rahul Gandhi is keeping the country waiting with bated breath on news about his romantic liaisons. When it comes to answering questions about his personal life, Rahul Gandhi has always been oh-so quiet. “I have no time for marriage”, “I will let you know when that happens” – is all that an expectant follower can satisfy oneself with. Being the heir to the proverbial ‘political’ throne, Rahul cannot afford the luxury to be cavalier about his personal choices. Being an important public figure, he is under constant scrutiny. And when it comes to the political well–being of the country, people don’t mind getting a little too involved with the personal lives of their would-be leaders.
One often hears rumours about a certain Veronique Cartelli being his girlfriend, mostly because the pair has been spotted together a few times. To the best of media’s knowledge, Veronique is a Colombian who is allegedly claimed to be the daughter of a mafia lord. Such a liaison definitely brings back the Rajiv-Sonia memories to one’s mind, but where is this relationship heading? Why such secrecy? If Rahul Gandhi has nothing to hide then what is all the silence for?
The Political vs the Personal
Ripe to assume political power, Rahul Gandhi can prove to be a man of immense potential - guiding the nation to a new horizon of development, or single-handedly bringing the downfall of national politics. With such sensitivity shrouding the issue, the question of choosing a bride is increasingly edging towards being a political alliance rather than an emotional connect. Then what of Veronique? Will she survive this political struggle and make her place as the next Gandhi-bahu, or will Rahul marry a nice homely Indian girl and fulfill mama Sonia’s wishes? For us followers - guessing is as far as we can get. But here’s wishing Mr. Gandhi much luck, for he has many storms to face.
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