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Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi is #4 “Richest Politicians”

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Business Insider has a short feature, “Meet The 23 Richest Politicians In The World“, and Dr Manmohan Singh’s boss, Ms Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi is listed as the 4th richest with wealth estimated between US$2-19 billion. This must have given Kapil Sibal and Digvijaya Singh the conniptions, and I am sure that it lends more weight to Dr Subramanian Swamy’s charges against AM aka SG. I am of course thrilled and here’s why.

I am thrilled because the day of reckoning for the most corrupt and the least principled is drawing near. India’s kakistocratic government’s days are numbered. It was a different time and place when financial malfeasance of such staggering proportions could have been kept under the wraps. Then them interwebs came into being. And with it came the revealing of secrets.

Indians did not get much of a clue about Rajiv Gandhi and the Bofors’ kickback, to take an old example from hundreds of others like it. In those days the sources of information was very successfully tightly controlled by the government. Now of course, retarded lowlifes such as Kapil Sibal and Diggy Singh try their best to throttle the internet but too bad for them, they are unable to succeed in their fascist plans (even though their boss does have some connection to fascism through her dear daddy.)

My guess is that the Indian TV and the English language newspapers will studiously avoid the topic of Sonia Gandhi featuring in that list — because they know what’s good for them. The Congress party too will avoid bringing attention to that Business Insider report.

A couple of years ago, some NRIs in the NY-NJ tri-state region had published an ad in the NY Times about Sonia Gandhi which got the Congress supporters’ knickers in a twist. They sued in some NY court and the judge threw out the case. (I will dig up the details later.) The reaction to the ad predictably drew more attention to the ad.

Fact is that if the Congress were to challenge the report, people will start digging into the question: how much wealth does Sonia Gandhi and her family actually have, and where is it now? It will only help in narrowing down the estimate which ranges from between two to 19 billion US dollars — that’s too wide.

Good things are going to happen.

  • allwyn

    kripashankar singh’s rags to riches story is coming to an end after a mere PIL was filed against him for owning disproportionate assets and today’s TOI reports the SC has taken control of the probe – his party is over. A PIL won’t work on SG i’m guessing cuz the money is well hidden.

    On SG now the BJP shouldn’t let this go and bring it up till it forces the media to report it!

  • A

    both the numbers sound too low. son in law must’ve made that much in CWG alone.

  • Hrishi

    I’ve always wondered why the Opposition in India has never really made this into an issue… other than Subramaniam Swamy..

    BJP’ notoriously soft on this…

  • jp

    @Hrishi: people living in glass houses…

  • allwyn

    The operation is equally corrupt and as Sanjeev sabhlok puts it could be only a branch of Congress.

    CONCLUSION: WE need a third political party.

  • http://dipanjanc.blogspot.com dipanjan

    I just love the range of her net worth – $2-$19B. A trifle matter of $17B – who exactly knows or cares? Contrast this with #3, Michael Bloomberg, a self-made man with exactly $18.1B net worth. Correct to one decimal point. Arithmetic is telling as always.

  • Simpleton

    So the Italian empress is as rich as 100M aam-admis put together! But all the money in the world won’t cure cancer.

  • Mohun

    Maino’s India shall fall, and in its ashes shall rise a GLORIOUS Bharat!

  • allwyn

    @mohun

    ya ya glorious bharat it is..

  • http://ketpan.wordprss.com/ Ketan

    What’s interesting about those her preceding her in the list is that of the three, two belong to the ‘royalty’. :D

  • Siddhaantaa

    MS.Gandhi is at the fag end of her “Sade Sati” (Saturn transiting the 12th House from the Moon)= She is bound to fall

  • RATNAKAR

    why she went abroad for secret surgery? it must be cleansing of her account in swiss bank.

  • Tejpal

    “A couple of years ago, some NRIs in the NY-NJ tri-state region had published an ad in the NY Times about Sonia Gandhi which got the Congress supporters’ knickers in a twist. They sued in some NY court and the judge threw out the case. (I will dig up the details later.)”

    It is well known case, everyone concerned knows it. You may not need to take the pains.

  • Nalliah Thayabharan

    Edvige Antonia Albina Maino was born on December 09, 1946 to Stefano and Paola Maino in Lusiana, a little village 30 km away from Vicenza in the region of Veneto, Italy.

    Edvige Antonia Albina Maino spent her adolescence in Orbassano, a town near Turin, attending a Catholic school. In 1964, Edvige Antonia Albina Maino went to study English at the Bell Educational Trust’s language school in the city of Cambridge. She met Rajiv Gandhi, who was enrolled in Trinity College at the University of Cambridge in 1965 at a Greek restaurant while working there, as a waitress to make ends meet. In all three years of Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure at Trinity College had not passed a single examination. Edvige Antonia Albina Maino and Rajiv Gandhi married in 1968.Rajiv Gandhi changed his so called Parsi religion to become a Catholic to marry Edvige Antonia Albina Maino. Rajiv became Roberto. His daughter’s name is Bianca and son’s name is Raul. Quite cleverly the same names are presented to the people of India as Priyanka and Rahul. What is amazing is the extent of Indians’ ignorance in such matters. The press conference that Rajiv Gandhi gave in London after taking over as prime minister of India was very informative. In this press conference, Rajiv Gandhi boasted that he was NOT a Hindu but a Parsi.

    Edvige Antonia Albina Maino was given the name ‘Sonia’ by her late mother-in-law, Indira Gandhi. But there is no notification in the gazette regarding this change in name. This change of name runs in Nehru family is to fool the Indian public for their votes. Indira Gandhi’s real name was Indira Priyadarshini. In 1935, Indira joined Shantiniketan,a school set up by Rabindranath Tagore. When Indira was found in the bed with her German teacher at Shantiniketan she was chased out of the Shantiniketan Rabindranath. Subsequently, she went to England and sat for the University of Oxford entrance examination, but she failed, and spent a few months at Badminton School in Bristol, before passing the exam in 1937 and enrolling at Somerville College, Oxford where she never finished her degree. Khushwant Singh, who has personally known Indira Gandhi, has said that she felt uncomfortable around educated people because she had no real education. During her stay in the UK, she frequently met Feroze Khan, whom she knew from Allahabad, and who was studying at the London School of Economics. Before Indira’s marriage, the then Governor of Maharashtra Dr Shriprakash had warned Nehru in a meeting and through a letter, that Indira was having an illicit relationship with Feroze Khan. Feroze Khan was quite sympathetic to Indira and Indira married Feroze Khan in a London mosque as per Islamic rites Feroz Khan after converting herself to Islam. Indira’s muslim name was Maimuna Begum and later both had changed their name to fool the public of India by an affidavit in a court to Indira Gandhi and Feroz Gandhi.

    After Rajiv’s birth Indira and Feroze lived separately, but they were not divorced. Feroze used to interfere in Nehru’s political activities. Nehru got fed up and left instructions not to allow him into the Prime Minister’s residence Trimurthi Bhavan. The death of Feroze in 1960 before he could consolidate his own political forces came as a relief to Nehru and Indira. Feroze had even planned to remarry. The second son of Indira known as Sanjay Gandhi was not the son of Feroze Khan. Sanjay’s real father was Mohammad Yunus who served as India’s ambassador to Turkey, Indonesia, Iraq and Spain. Mohammad Yunus represented India at the Non-Aligned Summits at Lusaka, Algiers, Colombo, New Delhi, and Harare. Baby Sanjay had been circumcised following Islamic custom, although the reason stated was phimosis. Incidentally, Sanjay’s marriage with the Sikh girl Menaka took place quite surprisingly through a civil ceremony(on 23 September 1974)in Mohammad Yunus’ house in New Delhi. And the marriage with Menaka who was a model (she had modelled for Bombay Dyeing wearing just a towel) was not so ordinary either. Sanjay never attended college, but took up an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce in Crewe, England. Sanjay Gandhi’s name was actually Sanjeev Gandhi. He was arrested for a car theft in England. Since his passport had been seized, the then Indian Ambassador to England Krishna Menon changed his name to ‘Sanjay’and procured a new passport for him. Mohammad Yunus who cried the most when Sanjay died in the plane accident.

    At the end of Rajiv Gandhi’s five years in office, the Bofors Scandal broke out. Ottavio Quattrocchi an Italian business man believed to be involved was a friend of Sonia Gandhi, having access to the Prime Minister’s official residence.

    In 1980 Sonia’s name appeared in the voter’s list for New Delhi prior to her becoming an Indian Citizen. At the time she was still holding Italian Citizenship. A violation of Form 4 of the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960, which states that “Only the names of those who are citizens of India should be entered on the electoral rolls.” When she did acquire Indian Citizenship, in April 1983, the same issue cropped up again, as her name appeared on the 1983 voter’s list when the deadline for registering had been in January 1983.

    Swiss magazine Schweitzer Illustrierte in 1991 claimed that Sonia was controlling accounts worth $2 billion US dollars in her son Raul’s name.

    Harvard scholar Yevgenia Albats cited KGB correspondence about payments to Rajiv Gandhi and his family, which had been arranged by Viktor Chebrikov, which shows that KGB chief Viktor Chebrikov sought in writing an “authorization to make payments in U.S. dollars to the family members of Rajiv Gandhi, namely Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Paola Maino, mother of Sonia Gandhi” from the CPSU in December 1985.

    Payments were authorized by a resolution, CPSU/CC/No 11228/3 dated 20 December 1985; and endorsed by the USSR Council of Ministers in Directive No 2633/Rs dated 20 December 1985. These payments had been coming since 1971, as payments received by Sonia Gandhi’s family and “have been audited in CPSU/CC resolution No 11187/22 OP dated 10/12/1984.

    In 1992 the media confronted the Russian government with the Albats disclosure. The Russian government confirmed the veracity of the disclosure and defended it as necessary for “Soviet ideological interest.”

    In 2008 Sonia’s party appointed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Manmohan Singh was the only international leader to initially refuse data provided by the German authorities during 2008 Liechtenstein tax affair.

    Indira didn’t have any knowledge about constitution and constitutional procedures.Indira furthered creation of democratic dictatorship, first kicked off by her father Nehru. Indira never trusted anyone but her family only and so made Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi heroes without any deed during her lifetime. Her leadership plunged India into depths of darkness. India needs enlightened leaders. But it has been getting stupid leaders because the population at large is not “enlightened.”

    For India to get decent leadership, Indians have to change. Indians have to demonstrate that they can take the long view, that they are not willing to vote criminals into office.

    Indians have granted “their obedience by their own consent” to dictators for a long while. The most recent in living memory is Indira Gandhi. Before that it was to their British overlords. Before that to the Islamic invaders.