Sonia Gandhi by Rani Singh
An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny

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Sonia Gandhi's story represents the greatest transformational journey made by any world leader in the last four decades. Circumstance and tragedy, rather than ambition, paved her path to power. Born into a traditional, middle-class Italian family, Sonia met and fell in love with Rajiv Gandhi, son of future Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, while studying English in Cambridge. Cruelly tested by the assassinations of her mother-in-law and of her husband, Sonia grew into a strong, authoritative but always private figure, now president of a coalition ruling over a billion people in the world's largest democracy. Through exclusive interviews with members of Sonia's party, political opponents and family friends, Rani Singh casts new light on Sonia. In the first mainstream biography of this inspirational figure, the author’s compelling narrative retraces the path of the brave and beautiful Sonia Gandhi, examining what her life and legacy mean for India.


About Rani Singh

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Rani Singh is a London-based journalist who has worked with BBC television and radio for over 15 years. She is known for her investigative reports and documentaries from India and Pakistan. She commented on the region for CNN and NBC News, and has written for The Observer News Service, The Spectator, Lloyd's List, and The Huffington Post. Rani is an Ambassador for the Prince's Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people.
Published September 13, 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Though Singh provides few quotes from Sonia herself, readers will glimpse how she earned the trust of her constituency through decades of personal involvement and with the Nehru tradition of honoring public meetings, all while preserving her own privacy.

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One doesn't know much about Sonia Gandhi besides the fact that she was the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi and wife to Rajiv Gandhi, both imperative to where she stands today in her career and as a woman of destiny so to speak.

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After her mother-in-law Indira’s assassination in 1984 and her husband’s death in 1991, when he was killed by a female suicide bomber in an attack that left only his shoes remaining, Sonia Gandhi has steadfastly and stoically taken the responsibility of India’s political progression as her own.

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Members of India’s ruling Congress party, the political vehicle of the Nehru-Gandhis, have successfully derailed a number of projects they felt besmirched the family name and weakened the party that has ruled India for 51 years of its 64-year history as a nation state.

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