Sonia Gandhi Birthday: Some Interesting facts about Congress President Sonia Gandhi

Publish Date: 09 Dec, 2022
Sonia Gandhi Birthday: Some Interesting facts about Congress President Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi is the longest-serving president of the Indian National Congress, the social democratic party that has ruled India for most of its post-independence history. She became party leader in 1998, seven years after the assassination of her husband and former prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, and remained in office until 2017 after a 22-year tenure. She came back in 2019 to be president for three more years. On her birthday, let’s look at some interesting facts about the President of Congress.

Some lesser-known facts about Sonia Gandhi

  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi was elected for the first time in 1998 and she is still the National President of Congress. She is the only leader to become Congress President for 15 or more years.

  • Sonia Gandhi was born on December 9, 1946, in Lusiana, Vicenza in Italy. She was brought up in a traditional Roman Catholic family. After completing her primary education at local schools, she moved for language classes to Cambridge, England, where she met Rajiv Gandhi, and later married him in 1968.

  • Sonia is very particular about keeping her home neat and clean. She often does the dusting of her room herself, especially before important meetings. We may not know that Sonia Gandhi is also an excellent chef. She often prepares red chilly oil, a base for salad dressing.

  • Forbes recognized her as the third most powerful woman in the world in 2004, and 6th in 2007. She was featured on the magazine’s list in 2010 again. The same year British magazine New Statesman included Sonia Gandhi in their annual survey of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures”.

  • Sonia is proficient in many languages. She speaks about nine languages including Hindi.

  • In 2004, Sonia Gandhi decided to hand over the command of the country to Manmohan Singh without becoming the Prime Minister herself.

  • Under her leadership, the Congress went on to form the government post the 2004 elections in coalition with other center-left political parties. Gandhi has since been credited for being instrumental in formulating the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which was re-elected to power in 2009.

  • Sonia Gandhi has a fondness for sarees and her favorites are the cotton handlooms – the traditional weaves to be specific. The saree she wore on her wedding was hand woven by none other than Pt. Nehru. She draped the 6 yards of handcrafted finery for the second time during her daughter Priyanka’s wedding.

  • Amitabh Bachchan's father and famous writer Harivansh Rai Bachchan did the Kanyadaan of Sonia Gandhi. In other words, it can also be said that Amitabh Bachchan's house became Rajiv Gandhi's in-law's house.

  • Sonia holds the title of Honorary Doctorate (Literature) awarded by the University of Madras and Brussels University. In 2006, the Government of Belgium appreciated her with the “Order of King Leopold”.


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