Monday, August 11, 2008


The similarities are many. Both have an Italian connection. Both were born into famous families. Both know a lot about multiple partners; one physically, the other politically. Both are in the limelight; one due to her husband, the other due to her father.

Carla Bruni Sarkozy was born 40 years ago into an Italian industrial dynasty and was heiress to the Italian tyre manufacturing company, CEAT(sold in the 70s, the brand now lives in India). After a successful modelling career, numerous affairs with the likes of Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Donald Trump - the list is long – and others, a couple of albums as a singer, and two marriages, she married French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008. With this marriage, she is the limelight again as the First Lady of France.

Despite the publication of, perhaps because of it, an old nude photograph of hers just before she and her husband visited the UK on a state visit in March 2008, Carla Bruni caught the imagination of the world, with comparisons being made to Lady Diana and even Jacqueline Kennedy. All this talk ensured that the controversial photograph was sold for $91,000. With epithets like “the hunter, not the hunted”, “a female womaniser”, “the female equivalent of Don Juan” etc, Bruni has really caught the imagination of many people all over the world.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was born into India’s premier political dynasty four years after Carla, to an Italian mother. When she was just 12, her grandmother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated. Just seven years later, her father, who had succeeded his mother as Prime Minister, was also snatched away from her by a human bomb. That tragedy propelled her into political limelight as she took on the task of assisting her mother, Sonia, who was suddenly compelled to assume the leadership role of the Congress party.

Despite her fetchingly fresh looks that make Carla look like a slightly prematurely plucked flower that has been in a vase for a few days, Priyanka, in her personal life, is not known to have had any partner other than her husband Robert. Politically, on the other hand, she has often been compared to her grandmother who was once referred to as “the only man in the cabinet” by Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw. In the crazy world of India’s fractured politics, Priyanka has known perhaps more partners than Carla has in her personal life. And she ain’t done yet!

Carla Bruni is already at the pinnacle of the political pole as the First Lady of France. Priyanka, on the other hand, has receded into the background ever since her brother, Rahul returned to India in 2004 to become the appointed heir of the dynasty. Rahul’s tryst with destiny has so far seen the Congress party’s fortunes go just one way: down the slope. And the speed is only increasing.

Priyanka is a familiar face loved by many Indians who have seen her grow up while her brother was a away from India. There is little doubt that if she gets actively back into the political arena, she will be able to pull in the votes that her party has been steadily losing. She has it all in her to top the political and popularity charts on her own steam.

Carla Bruni may not have a very long reign at the ‘top’. The day Priyanka Vadra decides to ‘marry’ politics, she will dazzle the world quite like no one has done till now. Yes, nobody will find pictures of her to sell at an astronomical price; there will no old lovers to tell exciting tales either. Yet, despite and because of this lack of masala, she will probably reign as the queen that everyone wants but someone else gets!

Here is a You Tube video of Priyanka after she cast her vote on May 07,2009.

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