Rahul Gandhi – In Summary
Full Name : Rahul Gandhi
Date Of Birth : 19 June 1970
Father : Rajiv Gandhi
Mother : Sonia Gandhi
Siblings : Priyanka Gandhi (Rahul Gandhi Is The Older Sibling)
Education : M. Phil In Development Studies, Trinity College, Cambridge
Current Status : Member of Parliament (MP)
Early Years :
Worked in a financial consultancy firm in UK
Started a BPO In India
Political Activism : None
Political Career :
1999 : Campaigned in the Lok Sabha Elections
March 2004 : Announced Candidature for MP elections. Chose his fathers’ constituency, Amethi In Uttar Pradesh
September 2007 : Elected as General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC)
January 2013 : Elected as Vice President of Congress Working Committee
Credited with increasing membership in Indian Youth Congress and National Student’s Union of India (NSUI) to 25 lakhs
Credited with the Congress revival in Uttar Pradesh (2004 Elections)
Little Known :
Is a pilot like his father and also enjoys physically active sports like squash, scuba diving and swimming
In April 2013, TIME magazine said that Rahul Gandhi offers many metaphors but few solutions.
Rahul Gandhi belongs to one of the most influential political families in India. He is the vice president of the Indian National Congress, general secretary of the All India Congress Committee and also is a Member of the Indian Parliament who represents the town of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, Amethi has been a seat that has been represented by a member of his family for many years now and one of the most famous MPs from that town was his father and the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Recently his elevation to the post of the vice president of the Indian National Congress has meant that he is now being widely feted as the next Prime Ministerial candidate for the ensuing general elections in 2014.
Rahul Gandhi was born to Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi on 19th June 1970 in New Delhi, where he spent his childhood. He studied at the famous ‘The Doon School’ for a few years but after his grandmother and former Indian Prime Minister was assassinated in October, 1984 Rahul was educated privately due to security fears. He went to St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University but only studied there for a year before he moved to Harvard University in the USA. However, after his father was assassinated in 1991 he was forced to move to Rollins College due to security reasons and eventually completed his Bachelor in Arts in 1994. He also holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in England.
Gandhi entered politics in 2004 and won the seat of Amethi immediately which was vacated by his mother. In his very first interview with the media he has stated that he believes in inclusive politics and seeks to unify the country and take it beyond the communal and caste based politics that is practiced by many leaders. In 2007, he was appointed as the general secretary of the Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India due to the fact that he many believe that he is a youth icon of sorts among the younger generation of the country. After Rahul Gandhi was inducted into the management of the Youth Congress, the volume of members has increased from 200000 to 500000 within a short span of time which proves his popularity with the youth of the country.
Before joining politics Rahul Gandhi worked for a consulting firm in London and currently he is a director of a technology outsourcing firm which goes by the name of Backops Services Private Ltd.