SONIA GHANDHI

Politician

SONIA GHANDHI

Born -  December 9, 1946

Designation - Chairperson of the National Advisory    
                         Council
                        
                         Chairperson of the United     
                         Progressive Alliance
                         
                          President of the Indian National Congress
                        
                          Member of Parliament
                          for Rae Bareli                             

Alma mater - Bell Educational Trust

Honours - Honorary Doctorate (Literature)    University      
                   of Madras                                     
                  
                  Order of King Leopold Government of
                   Belgium   
                  
                   Honorary Doctorate Brussels University   

Previous offices - Leader of the Opposition

Case - N.A

Sonia Gandhi is the third-generation Indian politician of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Born as an Italian, Edvige Antonia Albina Maino, better known as Sonia Gandhi, is the widow of Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. Sonia Gandhijoined politics in 1997 amidst constant request from the party members since the demise of Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991. Her foreign origin has been a subject of controversy and debate in Indian politics She is the first foreign-born, to be the leader of a national party since Independence. Sonia Gandhipresently holds the position of President of the Indian National Congress Party- one of the oldest and most powerful parties in Indian politics, formed 125years ago. Earlier in 2004, she served as the Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, the alliance that ruled the country in the Lok Sabha. Sonia Gandhiis the longest serving President in the history of the party.

Sonia Gandhiwas born on 9 December 1946 in Contrada Miani at Lusiana. It is a small village about 30 km from Vicenza, Veneto in Italy, the Mianos lived for generations. She belonged to a Roman Catholic family and spent her adolescence in a town called Orbassano near Turin. Her parents were Stefano Miano and Paola Miano. Her father had a small construction business and was himself a building mason. She studied in a Catholic school in Orbassano and then went to the city of Cambridge in 1964 to study English in a school under the Bell Education Trust. To overcome adversities she took a job of a waitress in the Varsity Restaurant, a Greek restaurant, when in 1965 she met Rajiv Gandhi, who was studying in Trinity College at the Cambridge University
In 1968 they got married in a Hindu ceremony, after which she shifted to the house of her mother-in-law, the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. They have two children, Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi. While Rajiv Gandhi was professionally an airline pilot until he joined politics in 1982, Sonia Gandhiremained a housewife and kept away from public eye and politics until she was convinced to join Indian politics in 1997 by the Congress party.
 
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