Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi is an Indian politician. His great-grandfather was Jawaharlal Nehru, who was India's first Prime-Minister.[1] His grandmother was Indira Gandhi who was India's first woman Prime Minister.[1] His father Rajiv Gandhi was India's youngest Prime Minister.[2] He is the president of of the Indian National Congress. He is also the chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India.[3] He is a member of the Indian Parliament and represents Amethi, Uttar Pradesh in the 16th Lok Sabha.[4]

Gandhi completed his primary education in New Delhi and Dehradun.[5] After his father became the Prime Minister, he was taught at home because of security problems.[6] He studied at Rollins College under a assumed name.[7] Later, he also attended Camridge.[8]

Gandhi entered politics in 2004 and won the elections from Amethi. Amethi is a constituency that was earlier held by his father.[9] He won both the 2009 and 2014 elections from the same constituency.[10] [11]He became the General Secretary of the Congress in 2007 and was elected Vice-President of the party in 2013.[12] Gandhi led the Indian National Congress campaign for the 2014 Indian general elections. The party suffered its worst defeat in that election. It won only 44 seats.[13]

Early life[change | change source]

Rahul Gandhi was born in Delhi on 19 June 1970.[14] He was the first of the two children of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. His family is well known for having a special place in Indian politics. His father later became the Prime Minister of India. His mother became the President of the Indian National Congress. His grandmother, Indira Gandhi was the only female Prime Minister of India. His paternal grandfather Feroze Gandhi was a Parsi from Gujarat[15]. Priyanka Vadra is his younger sister[16] and Robert Vadra is his brother-in-law. He is also the great-grandson of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. He identifies himself as a Hindu Brahmin.[17]

Rahul Gandhi attended St. Columba's School, Delhi.[18] He studied at The Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand from 1981 to 1983. Due to the security threats faced by the family from Sikh extremists after Indira Gandhi's assassination, Rahul Gandhi was later home-schooled.[19]

Rahul Gandhi joined St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1989 for his undergraduate education.[20] However, he moved to Harvard University after he completed the first year examinations. In 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).[21] After the assassination, Rahul Gandhi shifted to Rollins College in Florida, USA, due to security problems.[22] While he was at Rollins College, he used Raul Vinci as his name. His real name was known only to a few university officials and security agencies.[20][23] He later studied at Trinity College Cambridge.[24]

After graduation, Rahul Gandhi worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London.[25] In 2002, he became one of the directors of Mumbai-based technology outsourcing firm Backops Services Private Ltd.[26] In 2004, Gandhi had told the press that he had a Spanish girlfriend who was an architect. He had met her while studying in England.[27][28] In 2013, he suggested that he may not get married.[29]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "BBC News | WORLD | Indira Gandhi 'greatest woman'". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  2. "The Deseret News - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. "Rahul Gandhi Takes Over As Congress Chief; New Start, Say Party Leaders". NDTV. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. Bal, Hartosh Singh (15 December 2017). "The Troubled Rise of Rahul Gandhi". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. "Unplugged: Rahul Gandhi - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  6. Hazarika, Sanjoy; Times, Special to The New York (1989-07-16). "Foes of Gandhi Make Targets of His Children". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  7. "Rahul completed education in US under a false name". DNA India. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  8. "Detailed Profile: Shri Rahul Gandhi". archive.india.gov.in. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  9. "Rahul attacks 'divisive' politics". 2004-04-12. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  10. May 18, TNN | Updated:; 2009; Ist, 4:34. "Sonia secures biggest margin, Rahul follows | Lucknow News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  11. "Constituency Wise Detailed Result" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  12. "Rahul Gandhi gets Congress post". 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  13. "After its worst defeat ever in Lok Sabha elections, what can Congress do to recover?". DNA India. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  14. "Detailed Profile: Shri Rahul Gandhi". India.gov.in. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  15. Bhatt, Sheela (April 12, 2012). "'As Feroze Gandhi's grandson, Rahul should project himself as a Gujarati'". New Delhi: Rediff.com.
  16. M. V. Kamath. "Does Congress want to perpetuate Nehru-Gandhi dynasty?". Samachar. Archived from the original on 28 October 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2007.
  17. "I'm a Brahmin & Congress's general secretary: Rahul Gandhi to party". The Times of India. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  18. "Unplugged: Rahul Gandhi – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  19. Sanjay Hazarika (16 July 1989). "Foes of Gandhi make targets of his children". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Rahul completed education in US under a false name – India – DNA. Daily News and Analysis. (30 April 2009). Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  21. "The accused, the charges, the verdict". Frontline. 7 February 2010.
  22. "Newsweek apologises to Rahul Gandhi". The Indian Express. 27 January 2007.
  23. A Question Of TheHeir & Now. Outlook India. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  24. "Cambridge varsity confirms Rahul's qualifications". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  25. "The Great White Hope: The Son Also Rises". Rediff. 13 April 2004.
  26. "Want to be CEO of Rahul Gandhi's firm?". Rediff. 24 June 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  27. "My girlfriend is Spanish: Rahul Gandhi". The Indian Express. 28 April 2004.
  28. "I have a girlfriend in Venezuela: Rahul". The Island. 30 July 2004.
  29. No marriage or children for India's Rahul Ghandi? AFP, The Telegraph, 06 Mar 2013 {sic}

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Sonia Gandhi
President
Indian National Congress

2017–present
Incumbent
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Sonia Gandhi
Member of Parliament
Amethi

2004-present
Incumbent