Rise and fall of Fotedar
Fotedar was integral to Indira Gandhi’s prowess and in bringing Rajiv Gandhi to politics; yet, the senior Congress leader, isolated from the helm of affairs, felt dejected in his last years .
I had the privilege of knowing ML Fotedar closely, from the early 1980s, few years after he became the powerful political secretary to Indira Gandhi. It was said he was the eyes and ears of Indira Gandhi. Fotedar died at the age of 85 last week as a dejected man; he was not given a Rajya Sabha berth when the Congress was in a position to do so, not given due importance by Sonia Gandhi and did not have a place to live in Delhi. He did not build a house in the Union capital even though he could have built a mansion comfortably, in a posh area. He had to move to neighbouring Gurgaon, where he lived with his family including a doctor son.