Rahul Gandhi is an Indian politician presently serving as a Member of the Parliament, Lok Sabha from Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.
He also holds the position of the President of the Indian National Congress in addition to representing as a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of External Affairs.
Likewise, he also went on to represent as the Chairperson of the National Students Union of India and also the Indian Youth Congress.
Along with this, he also serves as the Trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi represented as a general secretary in the All India Congress Committee.
Following is a summarized journal of Rahul Gandhi, who emerged from being an employee at an outsourcing company to being a politician.
Portrait of Rahul Gandhi’s Earlier Life and Education
Rahul Gandhi was born on 19 June of 1970 in Delhi, to Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India and Sonia Gandhi, former President of Indian National Congress.
He is also the grandson of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and the great-grandson of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Rahul Gandhi is survived with sister Priyanka Vadra who is younger to him.
Before attending The Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand from 1981 to 1983, Rahul Gandhi went to St. Columba’s School, Delhi.
Later on, he was home-schooled, due to security reasons.
He accomplished his undergraduate education from Harvard University, and later moved to Rollins College in Florida, USA, and achieved B.A. graduation in 1994.
He also went on to acquire M.Phil from the Trinity College, Cambridge in 1995.
Political Journey of Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi is the fourth-generation Indian politician belonging to Nehru-Gandhi family.
Rahul Gandhi disclosed his access to politics in March 2004.
He declared that he would contest the May 2004 Lok Sabha elections, from the constituency of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, where his father had contested from earlier.
At that moment, his mother, Sonia Gandhi, was holding the seat before she relocated to the nearby constituency of Rae Bareilly.
Meanwhile, the Congress party was performing inadequately and was possessing only 10 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the Uttar Pradesh.
During that time, the announcement caused curiosity among the political correspondents who considered Priyanka Gandhi to be more charismatic and related her to her grandmother, Indira Gandhi; they also expected that she would be successful in the endeavor.
Meanwhile, there were people who thought that this movement would inspire the Congress party’s fortune and that the presence of a young member of India’s most popular political family would lead anticipation among the young society.
In 2006, Rahul Gandhi and his sister, Priyanka, persuaded their mother’s campaign for re-election to Rae Bareilly, which was successfully won with the margin of over 400,000 votes.
He was a renowned personality in the Congress campaign for the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Rahul Gandhi and Polls
Until 2006, Rahul Gandhi triumphed the elections and reserved the family stronghold with a victory margin of over 100,000, all the while he held no alternate office.
During 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi held back his Amethi seat by defeating his nearest opponent by a surplus of over 370,000 votes.
Gandhi was referred to the Congress recovery in Uttar Pradesh where they triumphed 21 among the total 80 Lok Sabha seats.
In 2014, during Indian General Elections, in spite of sturdy competition from Aam Aadmi Party’s Kumar Vishwas and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Smriti Irani, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi won his seat at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh by an edge of over 1,07,000 votes.
This victory came despite criticism from the opposition party (BJP)’s prime ministerial contestant Narendra Modi that Rahul is short of leadership qualities and had “only entertainment value” along with the media’s predictions that he stood no chance in the election.
Unfortunately, under his authority, the Congress party, as an aggregate, experienced its worst defeat in that election.
Apart from the failures he faced, his victory in Amethi presents him in a sturdy position in the political scene of India.
His triumph startled his critics who had revealed the inadequacy of progress in Amethi, in Rajiv Gandhi’s time.
The media had disclosed that Rahul Gandhi had not left anything unfulfilled for the betterment of his constituency from health, education, to roads and sanitary condition of the place.
Therefore, it can be analyzed that the people of Amethi have so much trust in the Nehru-Gandhi family who have been serving the state for over forty years.
Rahul Gandhi has alone won from the Amethi constituency two times in his 10-year long political career- 1st time in the 2004 parliamentary elections and 2nd time in the 2009 Uttar Pradesh legislative elections.
Rahul Gandhi’s Roles in a Glimpse
Rahul Gandhi held the below-stated responsibilities during his Political career:
- Elected to the Lok Sabha from Amethi Constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2004.
- Delegated as General Secretary of All India Congress Committee on 24th September 2007.
- He was also given charge of National Student Union of India and Indian Youth Congress.
- In the 2009 General Elections, he retained his Lok Sabha seat from the Amethi Constituency.
- In January 2013, he was elevated to the position of the Vice-President of the Indian National Congress.
- In 2014 General Elections, he again retained his Lok Sabha seat from the Amethi Constituency.
- On 11 December 2017, he was elected as the President of the Indian National Congress.
A Depiction of Rahul Gandhi’s Personal Life
After graduation, Rahul Gandhi was hired at the Monitor Group, a management consulting organization, in London.
Later in 2002, he was one of the directors of Mumbai-based technology outsourcing company, Backops Services Private Ltd.
In 2004, he briefed the press that he has a Spanish girlfriend Veronique Cartelli, who is an architect and resides in Venezuela, whom he met while studying in England.
But later on, in 2013, he implied that he may not get married.
—Rahul Gandhi in his first media interview expressed that he criticizes “divisive” politics in India.
Hence, he stated that he would work as a unifying force and attempt to lessen the pressure emerging due to religion and caste issues.