Three weeks after it featured Rahul Gandhi among the people to watch out in 2007, American magazine Newsweek apologised to the Nehru-Gandhi scion. In the latest issue of the magazine, editor of the magazine Fareed Zakaria admitted that there were “several inaccuracies for which Newsweek wishes to offer an apology to Gandhi”.
Newsweek’s apology comes after Congress legal eagle Abhishek Manu Singhvi sent a strongly-worded legal notice to the magazine for some uncharitable remarks on Rahul Gandhi in an article that speculated whether Rahul would take the total plunge into politics this year. Congress sources said the magazine published an apology which was drafted by the party.
It said: “A recent article on Rahul Gandhi included several inaccuracies for which Newsweek wishes to offer an apology to Gandhi, and clarification to our readers. In particular, we reported that ‘after a year of college in Delhi, Gandhi took economic courses both at Cambridge and Harvard, but failed to earn a degree’. In fact, while Gandhi was at Harvard in 1991, his father, Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, was assassinated. Serious, immediate and life-threatening security concerns compelled Gandhi to transfer to Rollins College in Florida, from which he graduated with a BA in 1994. Gandhi went on to receive an M Phil in Development Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University, contrary to what we had said. Thereafter, as we previously reported, Gandhi joined the Monitor Group, a leading, global-strategy consulting group, in London, where he worked for three years. Hence the references in Newseek’s article to Gandhi having ‘failed to earn a degree’ or that he did not ‘stick with the job for very long’ are wrong.”
Singhvi said, “Canards have been nailed and the party welcomed the apology.” Rahul and Sonia were both agitated over the reports, but the two are now happy after the apology, according to party sources. The apology also carries a picture of the cover of the year-end issue which had Rahul on it.