It seems that we have too much time to spare if the Order of Leopold award given to Sonia Gandhi by the Belgian government is to become a national controversy. Not only the opposition parties, but also the media, and, very unfortunately, the Election Commission seem to have bought into what was clearly a frivolous petition.
It is a common practice for countries to award citizens of other nations with their highest civilian honours— such as the French Legion of Honour instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte for “...outstanding service to France” that several eminent Indians have received. India does this as well. No one has suggested or raised questions about the awardees’ shifting their allegiance in such events.
The Opposition would do well to focus on real issues in policy and governance while criticizing Gandhi and her party. And the Election Commission has enough on its plate handling genuine concerns to waste its, and the country’s, time this way.