The Many Sacrifices of Sonia Gandhi

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The Many Sacrifices of Sonia Gandhi

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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f a great leader you expect sacrifices. Heroes are measured by their ordeals. It is not necessary that they always win. So many die before they accomplish their goals. But the odds they fight must be mythical in dimension.

Seen from this vantage point, our prime minister Narendra Modi is also a hero. He has come up the hard way. But in terms and measures of classical mythology, Modi, and anyone else whom you care to mention, pales in comparison with one of the most under-appreciated stabilising factors of our times: Sonia Gandhi.

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