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Sunday, May 20, 2007

GANDHI, SMT. SONIA

Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
14 th Lok Sabha
GANDHI, SMT. SONIA

Constituency : Raebareli ( Uttar Pradesh )

Party : Indian National Congress (INC)
E-Mail : soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in

Father’s Name Late Mr. Stefano Maino
Mother’s Name Mrs. Paola Maino
Date of Birth 9 December 1946
Place of Birth Lusiana (Italy)
Marital Status Widow
Date of Marriage 25 February 1968
Spouse’s Name Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi
No. of Sons 1
No. of Daughters 1
Educational Qualifications Certificate course in English Language from
Cambridge (U.K.)
Profession Political & Social Worker
Permanent Address
Present Address 10, Janpath,
New Delhi - 110 011
Tels. (011) 23014161, 23012656

Positions Held
March 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 March 2006 Chairperson, National Advisory Council
23 March 2006 Resigned from 14th Lok Sabha
15 May 2006 Re-elected in a bye-election
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
Indian handlooms and handicrafts; Indian contemporary classical and tribal art; special interest in oil paintings and their conservation
Countries Visited
Widely travelled ; visited some of the countries as Prime Minister’s spouse, 1985-89
Other Information
Chairperson, (i) Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, (ii) Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust; (iii) Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; (iv) Indian Council for Child Welfare Trust ; (v) Swaraj Bhawan Trust ; President, Kamala Nehru Memorial Society and Hospital; Patron,(i) Nehru Trust for Cambridge University; and (ii) Round Square ( International Group of Schools ) United Kingdom; Member, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

 

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