Sonia Gandhi was the underestimated candidate. It is not hard to see why. She had everything against her – her origins (Italian), her religion (nominally Catholic), her education (modest) and, not least, the fact that this shy woman pales by comparison with her murdered mother-in-law, Indira Gandhi, the master politician. Even some of her staff were dismissive, calling her Kungi Kureya – Hindi for a mute doll.
Yet when, a few months before her surprise election victory, I met the 57-year-old head of the Congress party – and now a key figure in the new Indian government – she came…
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