Rahul Gandhi was born in Delhi on June 19, 1970. He is the first of the two children of Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi. He has a younger sister Priyanka Gandhi. He is the grandson of Indira Gandhi.
In picture: Former Indian President Giani Zail Singh with former Prime Minister of India, late Rajiv Gandhi and his son Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi stayed away from public glare for much of his childhood and early youth. He did his primary education in New Delhi and Dehradun but was later homeschooled because of security concerns
Rahul Gandhi later attended Rollins College under a pseudonym as Raul Vinci, his identity being known only to a select few including university officials and security agencies.
In picture: Rahul Gandhi with his sister Priyanka Vadra and her husband Robert (left) cheering for the Indian team during India-Pakistan match at National Stadium in Karachi
In 1991, after Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) during an election rally, Rahul Gandhi shifted to Rollins College in Florida, USA, due to security concerns and graduated in 1994.
In picture: Rahul Gandhi carrying the ashes of his father Rajiv Gandhi along with his mother Sonia Gandhi (left) and sister Priyanka
After graduation, Rahul Gandhi worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London. In 2002, he was one of the directors of Mumbai-based technology outsourcing firm Backops Services Private Ltd.
Rahul Gandhi made his foray into politics in 2004 and successfully contested the general elections held that year from Amethi, a seat that was earlier held by his father; Rahul Gandhi won from the constituency again in 2009 and in 2014
Did you know Rahul Gandhi has a black belt in Aikodo which is a Japanese martial art form?
In picture: A young Rahul Gandhi with his mother Sonia Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi contested from Amethi after his mother Sonia Gandhi, who had held Amethi seat until then, transferred to the neighbouring seat of Rae Bareilly
In this photograph dated April 5, 2004, Rahul Gandhi files his papers to contest the parliamentary elections in Sultanpur, as his mother, the then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, looks on. Pic/AFP
In the official parliamentary website, Rahul Gandhi declared his profession as a 'farmer' in 2004. However, in his second parliamentary stint in 2009, the professional description was changed to 'strategy consultant'. Pic/Rajeev Tyagi
When Indira Gandhi was assassinated, Rahul Gandhi was only 14. Years later, during a rally, he recalled how the two assassins who killed Indira Gandhi taught him to play badminton. "... My friends killed my grandmother," he said
Rahul Gandhi promised to reform youth politics. Under Gandhi, the IYC (Indian Youth Congress) and NSUI (National Student Union of India) have seen a dramatic increase in members from 200,000 to 2.5 million. Pic/Vinod Kumar
Rahul Gandhi was elected Congress Vice-President in 2013, having served as the General Secretary previously. in picture: Rahul Gandhi delivers his first speech as Congress party Vice-President during the Congress party leadership conclave in Jaipur on January 20, 2013
Rahul Gandhi took over as the president of the Congress in December 2017. He is also a Trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust
Although Rahul Gandhi has often described speculations about his becoming Prime Minister and getting married as 'irrelevant', the fact is that Congress has high hopes from him as a future leader. It is equally true that he is among the most eligible bachelors in the country
Congress President Rahul Gandhi celebrates his 49th birthday today. On this occasion, we look back at his rise through the ranks over the years -- a journey that has been eventful and unpredictable. All pictures/mid-day archives/AFP
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