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This Mrs Gandhi only wants per pension
by Sunanda Mehta in INDIAN EXPRESS dated 28th
One of the oldest members of the GAndhi family is
for her husband's pension, which the Indian
has forgotten to pay her for the last 30 years. She is
recovering from a hip operation in a hospital in Pune.
had to shift from an expensive hospital to much cheaper
Satyanand Hospital, because of financial constraints.
Shernaz Gandhi, 86
years old, and sister-in-law of the late Indira
aunt to Rajiv Gandhi, Ex-prime ministers of India
wanting her rightful claim. Her husband, Dorab
elder brother of Firoze GAndhi (Husband of Indira
was an agricultural scientist, with the Uttar
Government. He died in 1976. Shernaz Gandhi was
a school, and so had no need for her husband's
now with failing health and no children to support
needs the pension to pay for her expensive medical
She has clear memories of the Gandhi family, she
says "Indira Gandhi was very nice to me". She
name from Sarah to Sharnaz as per the wishes of
Gandhi. She met Rajiv Gandhi before his death, when
come to meet her. There's been no contact with the
family since then. Because of her depleting
situation, and her mounting medical bills, she
She has written to Sonia Gandhi, about her plight.
result, so far.
She does not need any pity from anybody. She has
the GANDHI surname, in order to gain anything. But
is need of pension, which is her rightful claim.