Varadkar’s village: discovering Leo’s Indian roots

5th January, 2020
Leo Varadkar being presented with red roses last week on his first visit to Varad, the village where his father came from Picture: Courtsey Vasant Varadkar

One evening almost a year ago, a conversation at dinner turned to the subject of our Taoiseach’s Indian connection. I had come from Bangalore, where I teach in an art and design school, for a weekend in Pune (a city of around seven million in the Indian state of Maharashtra) with a couple of migrants from nearby ‘Bombay’, as they continue to call it. Both of my dinner companions found titillation in the Taoiseach’s paternal...

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