She is an Indian politician who is current president of Indian National Congress. She was the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance. She is an Indian politician who was the president of Indian National Congress and the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance. She is the widow of the former Prime Minister of India, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. After Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in the year 1991, Sonia Gandhi was invited by the Congress leaders to conquest the government, but she refused and overtly stayed away from politics amidst invariable prodding from the party. She lastly settled to join politics in the year 1997.
Sonia is the widow of late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was the elder son of Indira Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi has two children, Priyanka Wadra and Rahul Gandhi. Despite belonging to the significant Nehru family, Rajiv and Sonia avoided all participations in politics. Rajiv Gandhi worked as an airline pilot at the same time as Sonia Gandhi took care of her family. When Indira Gandhi was expelled from office in the 1977 in the repercussion of the Indian Emergency, Rajiv’s family moved overseas for a short time. When Rajiv Gandhi entered politics in the year 1982 after the death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi sustained to focus on her family & shunned all contact with the public.
In the year 1964, Sonia Gandhi went to study English at Bell Educational Trust's language school in Cambridge. A number of Congress supporters looked for a compelling personality to guide the party to electoral accomplishment and kept sending their appeals to Sonia Gandhi to take over the party after the demise of Rajiv Gandhi. She at last agreed to join politics in the year 1997 and in the year 1998, she was designated as the leader of Congress. Since that time, she has been the President of Indian National Congress. She has dished up as the Chairperson of ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha since the year 2004. In Sep 2010, on being re - elected for the 4th time, she became the longest-serving president in the history of Congress party. Sonia Gandhi was regarded the 3rd most influential woman in the world by the Forbes magazine in 2004 & was ranked 6th in the year 2007. In the year 2010, Sonia Gandhi ranked as the 9th most influential person on the planet by the Forbes Magazine. She was also recognized among the Time 100 most powerful people in the world for 2007 and 2008.
2004: Sonia Gandhi was addressed as the 3rd most powerful woman of the world by the Forbes magazine
2006: Sonia Gandhi received a voluntary Doctorate from Brussels University
2006: Belgium Government honoured her with the Order of King Leopold
2007: Sonia Gandhi was mentioned as the 6th most powerful woman of the world by the Forbes magazine.
She was regarded as one of the 100 most influential people of the world by Time in the year 2007 and in 2008.
2008: Sonia Gandhi received the Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Madras University
2009: Sonia Gandhi was addressed as the 9the most powerful woman of the world by the Forbes magazine
2010: A British magazine, New Statesman, ranked her among 50 most influential people of the world
Books and Documentaries
Books featuring Sonia Gandhi:
Sonia Gandhi – An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny (2011) written by Rani Singh
Sonia Gandhi: Tryst with India written by Nurul Islam Sarkar
Sonia: A Biography by Rasheed Kidwai
The Accidental Prime Minister written by Sanjaya Baru, 2014
source: forbes.com, britannica.com