Former Congress Party Chief Rahul Gandhi turns 50 today. Rahul Gandhi has announced that he will not celebrate his birthday due to the pandemic and the violent clashes between India and China at the Galwan valley.
Jyoti Dubey | New Delhi
On the occasion of his birthday, the Congress Party has decided to distribute 50 lakh food packets among the poor and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits and masks to the Corona warriors across the country. Today on his Golden Birth Anniversary, we are here highlighting a few important moments of his life.
Rahul Gandhi hails from a long-line of politicians, known as the Nehru-Gandhi family. He was born to Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi on June 19, 1970. His great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first and the longest-serving Prime Minister of India, he served the nation for seventeen long years.
Rahul Gandhi stayed away from public sphere for much of his childhood and early youth. He completed his primary education at St. Columba’s School in New Delhi and then the Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand but due to security reasons he was later home-schooled. In 1989, he started his graduation at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi but then went to Harvard University after completing his first-year examinations. In 1991, his father Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers in an election rally. Due to security reasons, he had to shift to Rollins College in Florida, USA and obtained his degree BA degree in 1994. During his time at the Rollins, he assumed the pseudonym ‘Raul Vinci’, and his identity was only known to a select few individuals there. He did his M.Phil from Trinity College, Cambridge. Gandhi then worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm in London. He also established a Mumbai-based technology outsourcing firm, Backops Services pvt ltd.
2004 was the year when he entered politics. He successfully managed to contest the general elections in that year on the seat of Amethi, which was held by his father earlier. He again won from the constituency in 2009 as well as 2014. Gandhi became the Vice-president of the Indian National Congress in the year 2013, earlier he was serving as the General Secretary. In the year 2017, Gandhi took over as the President of the Congress party. He also took the responsibility of the National Student’s Union of India and the Indian Youth Congress, both witnessed tremendous growth under his leadership.
On 03rd July 2019, Rahul Gandhi officially resigned from the post of Congress Chief. While sharing his resignation letter, he twitted to convey his message to the public as, “It is an honor for me to serve the Congress party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation. I owe the country and my organization a debt of tremendous gratitude and love”.
In 2019 General Elections he coined the term Chowkidar Chor Hai as a jibe against PM Narendra Modi. He won the Wayanad seat, however, he lost his existing seat of Amethi against BJP’s Smriti Irani.
Gandhi has pushed for the Empowerment of women and backed the repeal of Section 377 of the IPC and decriminalization of homosexuality.
In 2014, Gandhi had told the press that he had a Spanish girlfriend, an architect in Venezuela whom he met while studying in England. In 2013, he suggested that he may not get married.