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Congress Needs New Faces at the Top
|by Vasant G. Gandhi|
Parents in India hope or somewhat expect that their children will follow in their footsteps. So, actors’ children become actors; doctors’ kids become doctors; industrialists’ progenies become business owners. Believing in this tradition, one public leader’s four generations followed his footprints fittingly.
Should the Congress party ask Sonia Gandhi and her son to resign from their positions? Or should the two step down voluntarily and let others take over the party? The latter is the wise and right thing to do, largely because they are unlikely to come up with any ideas that they haven’t tried before to resurrect the 129-year-old party.
Sonia Gandhi should be proud of herself: She learned India’s difficult national language, Hindi, adopted India’s food, culture, and traditions, and assimilated with us. She came very close to becoming Prime Minister of India; not many foreigners have the opportunity to serve in public office in their adopted nations. The people of India, too, should be proud of themselves for allowing a person of foreign origin to hold a high office and thus respecting her as one of ours. This is one more reason we should be proud of our democratic nation and who we are.
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