Indira Gandhi and Her Kitchen Helpers

We know that Pratibha Patil was given the job of playing president of India in recognition of her service as a cook in Indira Gandhi’s kitchen. That’s one of the more glaring examples of being a servant in the Nehru-Gandhi household — and now the Gandhi-Maino household — is a necessary qualification for high office in any Congress-controlled government. If one cannot demonstrate loyalty to the Gandhi-Maino clan by debasing himself or herself, one cannot have or even hold on to one’s position. Competency in the job is not a requirement.

This sorry farce started decades ago under Indira but only recently is the general public becoming aware of it. When it started, the government controlled the media. It still controls the main stream media but thanks to the internet, the alternative media (the so-called social media) is uncontrollable because it is decentralized, distributed, immense and presents almost zero barrier to entry. Anyone, yours truly included, can help open the cupboards & reveal the skeletons. The Congress cupboards are full of them.

Here’s an exclusive item from the Economist that was published by The Vancouver Sun in Nov 1980.


Ten months after coming to office, Indira Gandhi is still converting government servants into family retainers.

The notion of an independent civil service and police force has virtually been thrown overboard. Personal loyalty is what counts . . . In effect, the country is being transformed into fiefs run by feudal lords she has appointed . . . This may help to account for the drift which ha characterized Gandhi’s second term in office . . . The erosion of civil service independence started in the early ’70s, when Gandhi called on all officials to be “committed” — to her.

Things seem to have only become worse since then. Now the Chamcha in Chief is Dr Manmohan Singh who has been the appointed prime minister since 2004. He serves at the pleasure of Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi (and at the immense displeasure of anyone not a Congress chamcha.) Every high-ranking Congress member is still a household servant.

Also see “The Brown-nosers’ Party“; and “Indira Gandhi — India’s First Dictator.”

Here’s an image of the Vancouver Sun item. (Hat tip: Sachin Dixit.)


(Click on image to go to the source.)

Author: Atanu Dey


One thought on “Indira Gandhi and Her Kitchen Helpers”

  1. Apparently Pratibha tai made delicious pakoras and tea at congress working committee meetings. She used to serve it all by herself. On this count Pratibha Tai has proved to be economically and socially more worthy than Maunmohan Singh. She deserves her retirement.


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