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   While we are very happy with all that Prime Minister Gandhi has been doing... (October 28, 1985)

While we are very happy with all that Prime Minister Gandhi has been doing and have nothing nut praise for him, there is one complaint. It is his practice of taking his wife with him wherever he goes. It is causing some problems. For instance, the wife was saying this morning. "Mr. Gandhi has taken his wife to both America and Russia twice in two months. You have taken me nowhere." I said. "Mr. Gandhi is going on state visits. You must remember he is no longer just a leader of India like his mother and his grandfather, he has become an international leader. So he has to travel around a good bit." The wife said "He has taken his wife to Paris, London, Geneva and Amsterdam. Last week I wanted to go to Mahableshwar and you said no." "I never said no, I said the weather was not quite right for Mahableshwar yet," I said. "And if you are that keen you can go to Mahabaleshwar any time." "I don't want to go to Mahableshwar," the wife said. "Why should I go there and stay at Dina Hotel, when Mr. Gandhi takes his wife to stay with high commissioners an ambassadors in London and Washington." "We can also go and stay with the Latifs in Paris," I said, "they have invited half of Bombay to stay with them. And one thing I want to point out to you is…… don't think Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is enjoying all her foreign visits, standing behind her husband all the time and trying to smile. She would much rather be at her home, cooking spaghetti for her family." "You are just saying that because you don't want to take me anywhere," the wife said. "All right, you don't have to take me everywhere that can skip Russia. After all, what is there in Russia to see that I should make you waste your hard earned money." "That is very considerate of you," I said, "though I must add that it is not fair to dismiss the Soviet Union like this. It is a country which has made tremendous advances in science and technology and it is worth going there to see their progress." The wife said. "I am sure Mr. Gandhi will be taking his wife to japan also, then so Australia. I would do anything to go to Japan." "One thing at a time, "I said. "Let us save some money and go on lala's tour of Europe and America 28 cities in 12 nights and 13 days. I understand they are very good tours and there is the advantage of travelling with other Indians." "But I don't want to travel with any India," the wife said. "I want to travel with Mr. Ramesh Bhandari."

 
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