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Sonia Gandhi biography

Sonia Gandhi

BornEdvige Antonia Albina Màino
Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi
9 December 1946 
Lusiana, Veneto, Italy
Birth nameEdvige Antonia Albina Màino
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Rajiv Gandhi (1969–1991; his death)rajiv gandhi
RelationsNehru–Gandhi family
ChildrenRahul
Priyankapriyanka gandhi
Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi
Residence10 Janpath, New Delhi
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Sonia Gandhi biography 

Sonia Gandhi is an Italian-born Indian politician, who has served as President of the Indian National Congress party since 1998. Sonia Gandhi was born on December 9, 1946 in Lusiana, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy as Edvige Antonia Albina Màino. She was previously married to Rajiv Gandhi. She was raised in a traditional Roman Catholic household, and her parents, Stefano and Paolo, were working class people. Stefano was a building contractor who owned his own medium-sized construction business; Paolo took care of the family's three daughters. When Sonia was eighteen years old, her father sent her to Cambridge, England, to study English.
Sonia met Rajiv Gandhi in Cambridge during 1960s when the former Prime Minister was studying at the famous British University. They were married in 1968 after three years of courtship which began in a Greek restaurant in the university town. The simple ceremony was held on Vasant Panchami day in February, the same day when Indira Gandhi married Feroze decades earlier.
Sonia Gandhijoined politics in 1997 amidst constant request from the party members since the demise of Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991. Sonia Gandhi 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.

Facts
sonia Gandhi holds the record of serving the Congress Party as its President for 10 consecutive years
Mrs Sonia Gandhi violated the provision of FERA for over a year (from January 1,1974 to January 21, 1975) when she was allotted shares in Maruti Technical Services PVT. LTD and was made its Managing Director.

Ms. Sonia Maino married Rajeev Gandhi on February 25, 1968.

On May 18, 2004 she declined the post of the 17th Prime Minister of India despite pressure from her Congress Party followers.
Sonia is very fond of handloom saris, especially traditional weaves. 
Sonia was often spotted on Delhi roads sitting behind husband Rajiv Gandhi on his Lambretta scooter during the early days of their marriage. They often used to take Indira Gandhi for ice cream.


Positions Held
Mar. 1998 onwards         President, Indian National Congress
Chairperson, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party (CPP)
1999       Elected to 13th Lok Sabha
Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha
1999-2000            Member, General Purposes Committee
2004       Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha ( 2nd term)
Chairperson, United Progressive Alliance
2004-22 Mar. 2006           Chairperson, National Advisory Council
23 Mar. 2006      Resigned from 14th Lok Sabha
15 May 2006       Re-elected in a bye-election
16 May 2009       Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
29 Mar. 2010      Appointed Chairperson of the (re-constituted), National Advisory Council
May, 2014           Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (4th term)
Books Published
Authored (i) “Rajiv”; and (ii) “Rajiv’s World”; Edited (i) “Freedom’s Daughter” and (ii) “Two Alone, Two Together” (two volumes of letters exchanged between Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi from 1922 to 1964)
Special Interests
Protection of the environment; Indian handlooms, handicrafts, Indian classical and tribal art & music; conservation of oil painting.
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading and gardening
Honours
Year      
2008       Honorary Doctorate (Literature)               University of Madras     
2006       Order of King Leopold    Government of Belgium              
2006       Honorary Doctorate        Brussels University         

Quotes

It was through the private world of family that the public world of politics came alive for me: living in intimate proximity with people for whom larger questions of ideology and belief, as well as issues relating to politics and governance, were vivid daily realities.

An economy growing at 7 percent per year, can and must find the resources to improve the lives of its millions of poor

"We have made a promise to the people of the state that we will provide them good governance and we will try and keep to our promise."
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