17 Rarely Seen Pictures Of Sonia Gandhi To Take You Back In Time

She is an inspiration to many women out there.

17 Rarely Seen Pictures Of Sonia Gandhi To Take You Back In Time
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"Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky." - Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Maino, an 18-year-old student, working as a waitress in a restaurant meets a handsome young engineering student. The couple then ties knots and starts living a peaceful life. Unless a day comes when the love of her life dies of misfortune. She mourns with sadness. But then gathers the courage to take a pledge to strengthen herself and the society. 

Meet the Indian politician that too of Italian descent, Sonia Gandhi, one of the most powerful politicians in India. 

Sonia Gandhi was born as Sonia Maino. 

Sonia Gandhi was born as Sonia Maino. 

Born in Veneto, Italy, Sonia has two sisters who reside in Orbassano along with their mother.

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After completing her primary education, she moved to Cambridge for higher education.

After completing her primary education, she moved to Cambridge for higher education.

In 1964, Sonia went to study English at a language school in the city of Cambridge.

She was working as a waitress when she met a handsome young engineering student, Rajiv Gandhi.

She was working as a waitress when she met a handsome young engineering student, Rajiv Gandhi.
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The next year, Sonia came across Rajiv at The Varsity Restaurant, where she was serving as a part-time waitress. Rajiv, at that time, was enrolled for an engineering degree in the University of Cambridge. 

Sonia married Rajiv in 1968.

Sonia married Rajiv in 1968.
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After marrying him in 1968, she took up Indian citizenship and started living with her mother-in-law, the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, at their New Delhi residence.

The couple had two children, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra. 

The couple had two children, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra. 
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It is said that even though the couple belonged to the influential Nehru family, they avoided total involvement in politics.

Rajiv worked as an airline pilot, whereas Sonia was into the family and kids.

Rajiv worked as an airline pilot, whereas Sonia was into the family and kids.
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But then there came a time when Rajiv entered politics after the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash on 23 June 1980. Soon Rajiv became the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989.

And being the Prime Minister's wife, Sonia acted as Rajiv's official administrator.

And being the Prime Minister's wife, Sonia acted as Rajiv's official administrator.

She also accompanied Rajiv on a number of state visits.  

After Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, Sonia Gandhi refused to become Prime Minister. 

After Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, Sonia Gandhi refused to become Prime Minister. 
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The Indian National Congress party then decided to make P. V. Narasimha Rao the leader and subsequently Prime Minister.

But then to revive the party, she joined the party in 1997. 

But then to revive the party, she joined the party in 1997. 
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When the Congress' fortunes continued to reduce, and the party lost the 1996 elections, Sonia joined the party as a primitive member in the Calcutta Plenary Session in 1997 and then became the party leader in the year 1998. 

In 1999, when leaders challenged Sonia's right to try to become a Prime Minister because of her foreign origins, she offered to resign. 

In 1999, when leaders challenged Sonia's right to try to become a Prime Minister because of her foreign origins, she offered to resign. 
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That was the time when she joined the Congress Party as a primary member in the Calcutta Plenary Session.

In August 2011, she underwent successful surgery for cervical cancer.  

In August 2011, she underwent successful surgery for cervical cancer.  
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The surgery took place in the United States. She then returned to India and spoke about her son, Rahul, taking a larger role in the party.

Sonia was listed as the 9th most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine.

Sonia was listed as the 9th most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine.
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In 2013, Sonia Gandhi was ranked 21st among world's most powerful people and 9th most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine. 

Sonia Gandhi was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over-50s by the Guardian in 2013. 

Sonia Gandhi was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over-50s by the Guardian in 2013. 
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It's her 'Simple is Stylish' quote and looks that support her innate sense of fashion.

And the list doesn't end here...

And the list doesn't end here...
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Sonia was also named among the Time's 100 most influential people in the world for the years 2007 and 2008. 

She was the world's 50 most influential figure in the year 2010.

She was the world's 50 most influential figure in the year 2010.
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New Statesman listed Sonia Gandhi at number 29 in their annual survey of the world's 50 most influential figure in the year 2010. 

There are even various books featuring Sonia Gandhi. 

There are even various books featuring Sonia Gandhi. 
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Sonia Gandhi – An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny, a biography written by Rani Singh, Sonia Gandhi: Tryst with India by Nurul Islam Sarkar, The Red Sari: A Dramatized Biography of Sonia Gandhi (El Sari Rojo) by Javier Moro, Sonia: A Biography by Rasheed Kidwai and The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjaya Baru are some of them. 

Sonia has always proved that she is the heroine of her life and not the victim. 

Sonia has always proved that she is the heroine of her life and not the victim. 
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Hats off to her strong and positive approach towards life.
Source: Wikipedia

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