"She worked as an house maid in UK while taking classes to learn English in some no name school."I worked as a janitor once. Now I have a household staff. My wife worked as a maid in the USA attending Northern Virginia Community College. Now she manages a billion euro portfolio. I am eligible for any office in the US government, and will, without embarassment, include 'janitor' on my c.v. if I ever serve.Ain't upward social mobility grand? But more importantly, it is *a value we should all hold dear because *merit* (which includes political merit) should be discovered and rewarded. She married well, but again that is to her credit.BTW, another Ghandi outlawed the 'untouchableness' of any task associated with caste or person and the disqualification for other duties once it had been performed by them. Forward thinking Indians died for this concept. Honour them."She was from a poor family in Italy but now has almost as much money as Bill Gates (guess whose money is it)."If she has it now, it is her money.If she stole it and you can prove it, bring charges.I gladly give Bill Gates a check. His products have made my life better. I still want better products. I will buy them, whether Bill gives them to me or not. Apprently the corruption system in India thought she was a good bet to give her such a pile."This late bloom of Sonia's love for India also was out of political consideration."But if it came, then it is. And if she has citizenship, and it is constitutional, then she can be PM. I may not like her for a host of other reasons, but this can't be one of them. Ambition is part of any political process. This shocks only folks with their head so far up their ass they need a glass navel to see where they are going."Sonia Gandhi is ONLY a high school graduate."There have been well-educated leaders who unleashed horrors on the world, and self-educated ones who were excellent. I see no correlation. She may suck, but this won't be the explainatory variable."her relatives in Italy would be fully entitled to round-the-clock protection by the Black Cat commandos at the Indian taxpayer's expense."Money well-spent. Especially compared to the stultifying, mind-numbing, bass-ackwards, stupid, and just plain embarrassing by any world standard scloroctic layers of beaurecratic horrors and layers upon layers of useless human activity that you find in *any* Indian beauracracy or government administration. If you want to save the Indian taxpayers money, start there first. A phalanx of 100 warriors protecting her family is not even a rounding error compared to the number of third chief assistant administrators to the sub-division of addition functions of the jute counting administration of the south upper region of blah blah blah. It is just hell. Embarrasing hell. Halls upon halls of rows upon row of mindless clerks scribbling away in gigantic ledgers, each with a large staff.Don't get me wrong, I love India, and want a bright future for India and my Indian friends. But Indian beauracracy is the worst a madman or Satan could imagine. And I live in *France.* Everyone knows it is a horrible shit-pile, but still it remains. Corruption has become so bad simply because these life employees are so entrenched, still using tools and record keeping methods last seen when Queen Victoria ruled them. Corruption is the only way to get around the clerks. It makes any sane rational person sick that so much human potential is wasted in the Indian beauracracy system.You begrudge the PM's family protection and complain about taxes compared to *that*? What do you trade and where, I want to arb off you if you think that is an issue."Her sister, Nadia Mario, who had never visited India before rushed to New Delhi"My brother, an unreconstructed southern nativist, proudly has never been north of the Mason-Dixon line. What does that have to do with who I am and what I think or what I am capable of? I really fail to see the connection here. I expect if I win the Nobel Prize for Econ my brother would leave dixie for the event."Sonia became an Indian citizen in 1984 but did not surrender her Italian citizenship. She continues to be simultaneously a citizen of India and Italy as Italian law does not require her to surrender her Italian citizenship or passport. Simply put, Sonia is a dual citizen of India and Italy now dreaming of becoming the next Prime Minister of India (she can also legally become the prime minister of Italy!)"It is a pain in the butt to surrender or renounce your citizenship of some countries. But the more important thing is, apparently *Indian* law does not require her to renounce or abandon her Italian citizenship in order to be and Indian citizen or PM. Indians can't really do much about what sovereign nation Italy decides on recognizing/not recognizing her as a citizen if she pledges loyalty to India and takes Indian citizenship. But they *can* do something about *requiring* her to renounce citizenship elsewhwere as a condition of her being an Indian citizen. Appaently, they didn't care or don't think it important. If this matters, then the stupid party is Indian law, not Italian law."In 1977, when Indira Gandhi and Congress lost elections, Sonia Gandhi with her children and husband in tow took refuge of Italian embassy in New Delhi. "Considering that her mother in law was assasinated by her own Shik guards, I, unlike yourself, attribute brialliance to this strategy rather than disloyalty to India or disqualification for the office of PM. She was one smart cookie to run to that embassy. Smart, very smart.This whole posting looks like a crock, designed to appeal to the baser thoughts that human reductivist caste thinking produces. India constitutionally has moved away from this, with blood shed for it. It is a pity, and also questionable, that this line of ideological thinking still has adherents among those who subscribe to democracy. Those who subscribe to a religiously-revealed caste-based nationalism of course would have no problems with it. But then, they would not be loyal to India's current constitution if they held those views.BTW, I think Ms. Ghandi will suck as a PM and will end up playing footsie with the Communists to have a super majority in her government and parliment. The exact wrong path for India's future, IMHO. Looks like capital is flowing out of the Indian stock market just based on the *idea* she may broker a deal with the commies. Wrong direction toots. Best pay attention. Good luck.