Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, was surely one of the most handsome premier any country has ever got. In this undated photograph, you can see Rajiv Gandhi with his (newly?) wed wife Sonia Gandhi. The couple is having an outing and enjoying an ice cream cone from a roadside vendor. It is safe to assume that the photograph was taken somewhere near India Gate in Delhi. If you’ve a better guess about the location –please let me know. The photographer’s name is unknown to me.
Today, Anurag Chatrath, a friend of mine forwarded this photograph to me. I know it is not a famous photograph –but just as it happened with Anurag, I also found the simplicity of this photograph very striking. The innocence and boyish look on the face of young Rajiv is absolutely unarming –don’t you agree? The couple looks at ease without any mob or security cover around them.
Both Rajiv and Sonia are holding an ice cream cone in hand –and I wonder what the Kwality Ice Cream vender is reaching out for inside his cart. Another ice cream cone perhaps? If yes, then for who? Or is he looking for balance money to be returned to Rajiv?!
But let’s keep all that away for a moment. Seeing Sonia Gandhi as a more casual and common person is refreshing. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21st May 1991 by the LTTE. Later, Sonia Gandhi became the President of the Indian National Congress –one of the major political parties in India. That makes her one of the most powerful persons in the world.
Now we are used to with seeing Sonia Gandhi as a much older lady who is always draped in starched cotton sari. That’s her dress code as Congress President. Time and struggle has taken away her nonchalant beauty of younger days. Her image, in recent years, has taken a toll as she was accused of running the country through a “remote-controlled” Manmohan Singh. As UPA Chairperson, she has to take the blame for all the huge scams that were committed during the 10 year rule of the UPA. Recently, Narendra Modi led BJP unseated the UPA in Lok Sabha Elections.
Please note, my writing about this photograph has no associated political connotations. I am sharing this photo with my readers only as a GOOD and cute photograph.