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this might be an old story .. but worth knowing...
Robert Vadra and his background for your information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Vadra#Controversies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Vadra#Businesses

look at 22nd name



So far, Nobel Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the only “individual” named in the list of “VVIPs/VIPs” who don’t have to go through a security check at domestic airports across the country.Now there is a new name to that list: Shri Robert Vadra.Son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Vadra’s name was added to the list on September 28 in a circular issued nationwide by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The list mentions that Vadra is exempted from security checks “while travelling with SPG (Special Protection Group) protectees.”

As husband of Priyanka Gandhi, who is an SPG protectee like her mother and brother Rahul, Vadra does get SPG protection when he travels with either of them. But no other spouse or family member of any SPG protectee has been so named in the list. Vadra is the 23rd entry in the list, the other 22 identify positions and categories including President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, former PMs, Speaker, CJI, Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, CMs, Ambassadors and all SPG protectees.

Why is he the only spouse named in the list? BCAS Commissioner S R Mehra declined to comment despite a faxed questionnaire sent five days ago.

On November 10, when The Sunday Express contacted his office, Deputy Commissioner R D Gupta said: “We have no official reply. BCAS just took out the order as advised by the Ministry. Please talk to MCA Under Secretary L Haokip for clarification,” he said. When contacted by this newspaper Haokip refused to comment.

http://www.indianexpress.com/oldStory/81873/

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From page three parties to front page politics

In October 2010, the country's best known son-in-law, Robert Vadra, triggered off speculation when he told The Times of India that he could win an election from anywhere: “I can definitely win (an election) from anywhere but I am a businessman. Why politics? I should be known for what I am,” he had said, continuing, “There is a time and place for everything. If I feel that I know enough about this line (politics), if I can dedicate enough time and effort to it, when my children are grown up and if I can make a difference, then why not?”



At the time, Congressmen had dismissed the interview, saying it was “unauthorised” by the Family.

More than a year later, on Monday (February 6), when wife Priyanka Gandhi remained immersed hustling votes for the Congress in the family pocket borough of Rae Bareli and Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, Robert created a stir again as he led a motorcycle rally through Salon, one of the assembly segments, even addressing a press conference, accompanied by young daughter Miraya. His campaigning in the area would have raised few eyebrows, had he followed his past practice of accompanying Priyanka and brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi, and staying in the background. But on this occasion, he ventured out alone, hitting the headlines for violating the Election Commission's rule on number of vehicles permitted.

Equally significant, he once again hinted at the possibility of his joining politics. “If people want,” he told journalists at an informal press conference at the home of a local Congressman, “then I can come into politics.” On whether Priyanka was contemplating entering politics, he blithely responded: “This is the time of Rahul Gandhi, after that the time of Priyanka Gandhi will come in the future, and also of other family members.”

Reactions
A Congress worker present at the press conference told The Hindu telephonically that not too much should be read into Robert's statement, stressing, “Within an hour, Priyankaji uska khandan kar diya (she refuted the statement).” Indeed, she suggested that the journalists had “misquoted” her husband: “You must have asked him a twisted question and then misinterpreted the answer. Robertji is very happy and satisfied doing his business,” she said.

In Delhi, while official spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said he was unaware of what had transpired, a Congress functionary sought to downplay the episode: “He's just a businessman; he doesn't understand the implications of what he said. He was asked a loaded question and he fell into the trap.” He also stressed that any decision relating to the possibility of an active political career for any member of the Gandhi family would be decided collectively by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her children, Rahul and Priyanka: thus far, he said, there had been no indication that Robert “was about to join the family business.” He admitted that the episode — both the flashy motorcycle rally and the articulation of personal ambition — had “embarrassed the family.”

His rise
In the 2010 interview, Robert had even revealed that he had been under great pressure to contest from U.P.'s Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat — adjoining Rae Bareli and Amethi — in 2009, but that he had refused. Congress sources told The Hindu that the Pradesh Congress Committee at that time had suggested three names — Robert, Priyanka and family friend Captain Satish Sharma. “Robert's name was shot down immediately,” these sources said. Eventually the ticket went to Sanjay Singh, who won the seat.

Evidently, for Robert Vadra, son of a brassware businessman from Moradabad, Rajinder Vadra, the prospect of joining politics has been a constant temptation ever since he married into the country's most famous political family. Of course, meanwhile, in his own line — business — he has prospered. Last March, the Economic Times had reported on his “quiet and unheralded entry” into the real estate business. According to the paper, Robert, who had started out in with jewellery and handicrafts exports had, since 2008, diversified, acquiring tracts of land in Haryana and Rajasthan, a 50 per cent stake in a leading business hotel in Delhi, and attempting an entry into the business of chartering aircraft. Given the secrecy with which all activities of the family are shrouded, this report was quite a revelation but not much more has been heard since.

Even the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), usually quick to attack the Gandhi family, desisted: political sources said that party did not want to risk a counter-attack on Ranjan Bhattacharya, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's “adopted” son-in-law, who went rapidly from failed hotelier to successful businessman during the six-year rule of the National Democratic Alliance.


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In the years he has been married to Priyanka, he has hit page three far more than page one. A fitness freak, he shares a passion for expensive motorcycles with Rahul, and is frequently spotted at celebrity-dos. A designer who has met him said, “Well, he's polite and well-behaved, but clearly likes the good things of life. He's often alone — I guess security issues keep Priyanka away.” For those taken aback by the marriage, when it first took place, Priyanka provided an answer in an interview to Outlook a few years ago. “I met him when I was 13. He never treated me different: Robert treated me just like anybody else when I first met him. I liked that.” Of course, Robert has always sought to distance his business activities from that of the Gandhi family: “I don't interfere in his (Rahul's) politics and he doesn't interfere in my business,” he had said in his 2010 interview. “I don't tell him who to include in his team and he doesn't tell me who to hire. I know my business and he knows his.”

Has he crossed that Lakshman Rekha this time?

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article2869618.ece
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Robert Vadra: Man of steel, model husband... IN HIS OWN WORDS
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 10:52:53 AM »
The below interview shows the SHEER-ARROGANCE of this half-Gandhi-clan
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-toi/all-that-matters/I-have-given-up-my-life-for-Priyanka-says-Robert-Vadra/articleshow/11945926.cms

http://www.firstpost.com/india/robert-vadra-man-of-steel-model-husband-in-his-own-words-218124.html

note the question about his political ambitions... and his reply to it..

There's something fishy that. whoever appears to be knowing the intimate details about/related to Gandhi's.. They,
under unexpected ways/circumstances or in form of accidents they seem to DIE or they suddenly disappear..... dont know why?
take the example of the great Lal Bahadur Shastri's death
(http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/index.php/topic,8620.0.html),
His close physician/his-whole-family's deaths, Rahul's alleged raped girl(Sukanya's death-her family's disappearances)

Forget the biceps, Robert Vadra says he is actually made of steel. The very tough job of being son-in-law to India's most famous political family apart, he tells Parakram Rautela that he has what it takes to be a neta as he's a quick learner, politics is in Priyanka's blood and he happens to be married to her

Why, suddenly - you've been married into India's first family of politics for 15 years now - do you want to join politics ?

I've been asked that question for 10 years. If I'd wanted to join politics, it would have been easy. I suppose I don't really know how to answer that question. If I say no, I don't want to join politics, people will say, "Oh, that's why Priyanka isn't joining politics." If I say yes, people will say, "Oh, he's here to build a base for himself."

What makes you think you would make agood politician?

I'm married into India's first family of politics. What do you think we talk about? I'm a good learner. Like business is in my blood, politics is in Priyanka's , and we're married.

A recent newspaper article had an analyst say about you - "He (that's you) doesn't have the political qualities needed . And you rarely see him smiling... "

I smile at the people I want to smile at. Not when the media's around.

You violated the EC's code of conduct -the number of motorcycles in your rally was greater than 10, the maximum number allowed - with the first political rally that you took out.

I'm not a politician. And knowing the number of motorcycles allowed in a rally is the job of the people planning the rally.

The Congress party has not been very encouraging of your political ambitions . Why?

I don't really understand this taboo about me joining politics. If I do join politics, it will be with my family's consent. It will be planned.
Then I suppose, people will have to accept it.

Priyanka contradicted what you said. She said you were a businessman - and happy doing that - not a politician.

I was very clear about what I said. If the people want, I will join politics. I might have the talent needed but if the people think I can make a difference, then I will join politics ...

Are you able to answer questions honestly or are you always worried somebody will misinterpret your answers?

If you asked me about my business, the answers would come quicker. When it comes to politics, I have a responsibility to the family I'm married into.

Is the popular perception about you not completely correct.?

The negatives sell more than the positives. I've had one nice paragraph written about me - when I put somebody who'd been in an accident into my car and took him to hospital - in 15 years of being married to Priyanka.

Which popular perception would you like to change?

Nothing I say is premeditated. I am very determined, be it business or my fitness. I've lost 20 kg in five years. And in this much time, if I'd wanted to, I could have become a big celebrity. It's been a fight to stay normal.

How difficult has it been for you to be married into India's most famous political family?

Over time, I have understood my role in this family. The before- and after-I-met-Priyanka versions of me are the same. My friends are all my old friends. I go to a nightclub with them and I ask them, "How are we going to get in?" Then they look at me strangely. Yes, I took out public notices against my father and my brother, and that's not normal...

The public notices said your father and brother should be given no favours. Your father claimed to have disowned you when you married Priyanka.

My sister was never connected to the notices . It is not easy to be consistently determined to not use the good offices of my family. But there are people who do not relent . They think a favour is only a phone call away. One way of stopping that was to take out the notices, saying my father and brother were to be given no favours.

Your father committed suicide, some years after your brother committed suicide . Your sister died in an accident. Did you never think of lowering the bar for your own family?

I gave up my life for Priyanka, fighting every day to not be a celebrity . The way things worked out, it did trouble me. But I wish the family had been as strong as me.

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