Sonia Gandhi: Power behind Congress throne
Sonia Gandhi stepped down as head of India’s opposition Congress party Saturday after an extraordinary odyssey that transformed her from a shy housewife into the country’s most powerful politician and a torchbearer for the iconic Gandhi-Nehru dynasty. The Italian-born Gandhi, 71, was thrust into the cauldron of Indian politics after marrying Rajiv Gandhi, scion of India’s political first family, in February 1968. One of three daughters of an Italian building contractor, she arrived in India as a mini-skirt-wearing bride and converted into a sari-clad daughter-in-law, giving up her Italian citizenship for Indian nationality. Her years in the Gandhi household when her strong-willed, autocratic mother-in-law…
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