Outlook magazine’s Sheela Reddy catches up with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on the campaign trail.
How old were you when you gave your first public speech?
I think when I was around 16-17 years.
How are you so clued in to the political scene?
Because my family is involved in it, I’ve grown up in that atmosphere. I’ve always known what is going on. I meet them, I hear what’s going on.
You once described your husband, Robert, as “a good man”. What did you mean?
He is one of the cleanest people I have ever met. He is someone who is completely comfortable in his own skin; he does not get carried away by anything. And considering that this life (in a high-profile political family) was new to him-it has really been only 12 years since he has been in this life-I think the way he handles it is absolutely amazing. More:
And below, Sheela Reddy accompanies Indira’s campaigning granddaughter
A Nose For Politics
The woman dumps a three-month-old sleeping infant in my lap and squeezes forward towards the barricade separating us from Priyanka Gandhi. The woman-mother? grandmother? it’s hard to tell, when the skin is weathered into this ageless, parched brown-has been waiting for over two hours for this moment, oblivious to the heat-a blazing 45°C-compounded by a hot wind blowing fine mists of dust on us. It’s the 13th of Priyanka’s 19 poll meetings for the day, and she goes through her drill-how her family is nothing without people’s support; how Sonia Gandhi is merely a public servant whose duty it is to carry out the public will; and far from doing them a favour, it is the people who’re doing the family a favour with their unstinting support. Read the full story in Outlook: