Sonia Gandhi seems to have turned down the opportunity to become Prime Minister.
Turning down the position is tacit acceptance of the objections raised about her foreign birth. Backtracking now will knock down the message of inclusion and acceptance that both the Indian constitution and Indian people have so strongly signaled. Nothing should prevent an Indian citizen – irrespective of the way in which citizenship was acquired – to stand for and be appointed to any public office.
Sonia Gandhi will deliver a supreme insult to all Indians if she does not accept the weight of responsibility she has been entrusted with; all the more so because if there is one thing India needs today it is strong leadership.
‘My inner voice tells me I must decline PM’s post, please understand force of my conviction’ [Sonia Gandhi]
Funny how the inner voice decided to speak up so late.