How did Rahul Gandhi declare he was a British citizen? An inside story

(Political Satire)

 People do not know that Rahul Gandhi is as innocent as his mother

(This satire was originally written in February 2016 soon after Indian politician Subramaniam Swamy claimed that Rahul Gandhi was a British citizen. The issue has been raised from time to time.)

Sometime back the one-man army, popularly known as Subramaniam Swamy, raised a controversy about India’s Family No. 1 without verifying the facts. Earlier Swamy had claimed that Sonja Gandhi became Indian citizen without surrendering her Italian citizenship. This time he has discovered that more than a decade back Rahul Gandhi had claimed it to be a British citizen.

I did some research to find out how it happened. I will share the inside story with you.

Rahul was in London in connection with the registration of his company. He had to declare his nationality. He felt irritated but was told that he had to furnish the information. He looked around for a dictionary but it was not there. He rang up mom who was in Delhi. When the phone call came Mom was in a serious discussion with Digvijay Singh about the future of India. Digvijay Singh, always eager to come to Madam’s help, rushed to lift the receiver but was stopped. The call had come on a phone none other than other Sonja and Rahul were allowed to use. The brief conversation was like this.

‘Yes, dear, what’s the problem?’

‘Mom, what is my nationality?’

‘What? Who has asked you? Are you holding a press conference? I told you several times not to hold any press conference without my presence.’ Mom was a bit annoyed.

‘No Mom, I’m not holding any press conference. How can I do that without your permission? Actually, I’m completing a form for the registration of my new company. I have to write something against the column, nationality.’

‘What a stupid question? Asking the future Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy such a silly question?’

‘Mom, I know it is a silly question but the fellows here are not ready to accept the form unless I write my nationality. Please tell me what does it mean and what is my nationality?’

‘Hold on for a minute. I will have to check.’


She asked Digvijay Singh to get a dictionary from her study room. Digvijay Singh rushed to her study room and brought The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

‘Find out the meaning of the word nationality. Quick.’ She ordered Digvijay Singh.

Digvijay Singh found out. ‘Ma’am, there are two meanings: one, the status of belonging to a particular nation and two, an ethnic group forming a part of one or more political nations.’

Ma’am got annoyed. ‘What does it mean, belonging to a particular nation? How dare they ask Rahul which nation he belongs to? A nation belongs to us, I mean to Rahul and me.’

‘Very true, Ma’am. Please tell me the problem I can find a solution in no time.’

‘There in England, the English authorities are asking Rahul, my innocent child, his nationality.’

‘Ma’am, perhaps they want to know his citizenship.’ The wise man understood the problem.

That upset Ma’am even more. She never liked the word ‘citizenship’. She took a deep breath. She had to be cautious this time. She asked Digvijay Singh to find the meaning of the word ‘citizenship’ in the dictionary.

Digvijay Singh again turned the pages of The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

‘Yes Ma’am, I found it. Unfortunately, again there are two meanings: one, a legally recognised subject or national of state or Commonwealth and two, an inhabitant of a town or city.’

A cautious and loving mother did not want her son to get involved in any legal issue though she knew that India was part of the Commonwealth. She decided to play safe.

She resumed her conversation with Rahul. ‘Sorry dear for making you wait. I have verified. Where are you at the moment?’

‘I’m in London, Mom.’

‘Very good. I know London. It is a beautiful city. Since you are presently residing in London, you are an inhabitant of London. Since London is in Britain, you are an inhabitant of Britain. So, you are citizen of Britain. That means your nationality is Britain.’

‘Is that so, Mom? I can write ‘British’ against the column for nationality?’

‘By all means, clear. You can be doubly sure of that. Right now you are an inhabitant of a British city and India and Britain are parts of the same Commonwealth. Please go ahead. Best of luck for your commercial business there and political business here.’

‘Thanks, Mom, for help and advice. I love you, Mom.’

‘I too love you, dear.’

The conversation between the Mom and the son was over. Madam turned to Digvijay Singh. ‘Thank you very much, you are always so helpful.’

Digvijay Singh bowed before Ma’am and said with a broad smile, ‘Always at your service, Ma’am.’ He was happy. His future in the party was secure.

Subramaniam Swamy and media are making much ado about nothing. Instead of blaming The Concise Oxford Dictionary, they are blaming Rahul Gandhi. How unfair!

Devendra Narain



Written by Devendra Narain
Date of birth: January 1, 1941 Educational qualification: Master of Arts (First Class) in Political Science Visiting Fellow: (one year, 1978-79), University of Oxford, UK. Job Experience: Teaching job: Lecturer in Political Science, Patna University (February 1963 to October 1965) Indian Revenue Service: November 1965 to December 2000. Important positions held in Government of India: Head of the Project Appraisal Division (Planning Commission), Head of the Project Monitoring Division and Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary (Department of Programme Implementation), Chief Commissioner of Income Tax and Member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property. Retired from Government of India on December 31, 2002, as Member, Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property. Experience as trainer: more than 50 national and international training programmes on project management International Experience: Indian member of Inter-governmental committee on project management system by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1985; Member of Indian delegation to the (erstwhile) Soviet Union (1986) Area of expertise: Project Management (ex-ante Project Appraisal, CBA, Monitoring, ex-post evaluation). Experience as author: Co-author of a book on Indian Constitution in 1970 (now out of print); More than two dozen articles on different aspects of project management; 11 stories (10 satirical and one serious) in English and Hindi, published in leading magazines and a leading Hindi newspaper. Presently writing articles on social, political, economic and administrative issues available on my website and LinkedIn. Website: Present on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) Published collection of short stories in Hindi: "ये टेढ़े मेढ़े रास्ते". Paperback available on Amazon and Flipkart; ebook available on Amazon.