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Rahul Gandhi

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Indira Gandhi

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Rahul with his mother Sonia Gandhi

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Feroze Gandhi with a young Rajiv and others at New Delhi’s Palam airport

Courtesy: Roli Books

Sonia and Rahul arrive in Parliament

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Indira Gandhi with Sanjay

Magnum (From Outlook 29 June 2015)

Leading the Congress At an AICC convention in Shimla in 2003

Jitender Gupta

Worst come to pass Priyanka comforts a devastated Sonia

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Shouldering responsibility Rajiv leads Indira’s funeral procession

The political couple At a function in Madhya Pradesh

Family photo The Nehru-Gandhis at 1, Safdarjung Road

Feb 25, 1968 The newlyweds with Indira and the Mainos

A lasting bond Sonia with her prime minister mother-in-law

Photo Courtesy: The Red Sari/Roli Books

Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi.

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In a different mould Feroze Gandhi with a young Rajiv Gandhi, after seeing off Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi at Palam airport in Delhi. With him are Vijayalakshmi Pandit’s daughters Rita (left) and Chandralekha.

Photo Courtesy: The Nehrus Personal Histories/Roli Books

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Priyanka and Robert Vadra in New Delhi

Jitender Gupta

Priyanka and Rahul en route to filing his nomination papers from Amethi, April 12

India News Network

Back story Indira Gandhi was decisive, even peremptory

Magnum (From Outlook 28 April 2014)

M.K. Gandhi

Corbis (From Outlook 10 March 2014)

Rahul Gandhi

Two at a crossroads Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi at a public meeting

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Bird’s eye view The Congress devastated in the assembly elections, party chief Sonia Gandhi seems to be searching for words of inspiration, for herself and her flock. “It does call for deep introspection. We have to understand...the many reasons for this defeat.” Sonia Gandhi, Congress chief, after the assembly elections rout

Jitender Gupta

Sonia’s dilemma Rahul, pitted against Modi, seems to be getting nowhere

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Falling in line The Rahul ’model’ has failed in four states

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Old wave Sonia, Rahul Gandhi at a Congress meeting in New Delhi

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Gandhi with his associates, including Sonja Schlesin, in South Africa

National Gandhi Museum

Button up A successful lawyer in Durban, 1898

Rahul and Sonia at the Rajiv Gandhi memorial, Aug 2013, Delhi

Getty Images (From Outlook 14 October 2013)

Gandhi wearing white to mourn the death of Indian strikers in police firing, early 1914

Nehru with Feroze Gandhi and sons

Robert Vadra, Businessman
Sonia Gandhi, Congress party president
Small-time brassware dealer is now big businessman with major realty interests

AFP (From Outlook 10 June 2013)

Even if Sonia and Rahul choose PC, regional allies may demur

Narendra Bisht

Subramanian Swamy vs Gandhis The Janata Party chief has told the world everything he knows about the Gandhi parivar, including the sweet deal the first family got from the AICC for Herald House. AICC confessed, but said it was a decision tinged in nostalgia. Rahul Gandhi threatened to sue for defamation. Swamy threatened to sue him right back. As yet, neither has shown the stomach for a fight.

Sorit

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Picture baki hai Sanjay at an Emergency-era meeting, 1976

AFP (From Outlook 24 December 2012)

It is she? Priyanka at a UP election rally

AP

Magnum (From Outlook 03 December 2012)

Descendants Zoya Hasan writes not about Congress after Indira, but Congress after Rajiv

AFP (From Outlook 12 November 2012)

Circa 1886 Mahatma Gandhi with his elder brother Laxmidas

Dinodia (From Outlook 05 November 2012)

Indira Gandhi, after treatment for a nose broken by a stone-thrower in Orissa

AP

Assertion game Indira Gandhi with Kamaraj

Senior Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who was removed as Inspector General of Registration in the wake of his ordering a probe into all the land dealings of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, in four districts of Haryana, has hit back at the government saying it was "grossly unfair to punish him for being upright and exposing the scams".

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No laughing matter The joke’s on them now

Narendra Bisht

Match point Son-in-law of a PM, husband of another and father of a third, Feroze with Indira at their wedding

Following in the family tradition The Congress awaits...

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Springtime in sepia Rahul, Indira Gandhi’s “favourite grandson”, back when the Family was whole

Jitendra Arya

After thought Sonia Gandhi at Congress HQ in Delhi, March 7

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Sibling comfort Rahul, Priyanka leave after press meet

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Narendra Bisht

Rethink time Rahul has to play carefully

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Blind spot Indira and Sanjay, circa 1980

Magnum (From Outlook, November 21, 2011)

Jitender Gupta

Indira Gandhi in state at Teenmurti Bhavan, Nov 3, ’84

Getty Images (From Outlook, October 17, 2011)

It’s All In The Blood Whatever your impression of his understanding of realpolitik, fault-finding Rahul Gandhi’s grasp of his dynastic allure is a futile exercise. This photo-op at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation’s dole-out of tri-wheelers to the physically disabled is further proof of such.

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Revival Indira Gandhi wearing the Gandhi cap with her parents in Anand Bhawan (1931)

Courtesy: Roli Books (From Outlook, September 12, 2011)

Senior Congress leader Hanumant Rao along with supporters perform 'Hawan' for the speedy recovery of the party President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Atul Yadav

A delegation from 'Indian Congress Party USA' visiting, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York where they believe Congress President Sonia Gandhi had been admitted, to wish her a speedy recovery on Aug 7. The members are seen outside the hospital entrance.

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Tiger see, Tiger do Priyanka doing her best tigress act, pouncing on an unwary Rajiv

Solace In The Shadow Sonia Gandhi had all the lines down pat—“Indira Gandhi was a Bengali at heart”—while accepting Bangladesh’s highest award for mom-in-law. But then, she’s had a whole career to practise.

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Always In Sight Sonia and Rahul

Narendra Bisht

Family Portrait The book hasn’t spared Sanjay or Indira’s blindness to his faults

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Arc-lit Indira surrounded by Congressmen at her Parliament House office, 1967

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Corbis (From Outlook, June 06, 2011)

Gandhi saw the family as the root of all social ills: Kasturba with her three sons and nephew soon after their arrival in South Africa in 1903.

Photographs Courtesy: National Gandhi Museum

In Rae Bareli Sonia Gandhi on the campaign trail

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Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu

In line? Rahul (left) is as hyperhereditary as it gets, and he admits it

Jitender Gupta

Getty Images (From Outlook, October 25, 2010)

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Sanjay Gandhi ‘A bully and a badmaash’

Queen’s gambit Mrs G with Kamaraj and Morarji Desai

Virendra Prabhakar

Step in time Indira Gandhi with LBJ in Washington, 1966

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Entente cordiale S.S. Ray with Indira Gandhi in New Delhi

Felled! Indira announcing her resignation after losing the ’77 poll

AFP (From Outlook, Nov 02, 2009)

Part of a circle Indira joins folk dancers at a function in Delhi

Sharad Saxena

Different strokes Rahul, Priyanka and Sonia visit Rajiv Gandhi’s samadhi in 2009

Narendra Bisht

Along the fold The late PM Rajiv Gandhi from a PIB handout picture of the 1980s

Bapu and more Gandhi with grandnieces Abha and Manu at Birla House, New Delhi

Corbis (From Outlook, June 07)

Yin and yang Sonia Gandhi has put out her line in Sandesh

Narendra Bisht

Narendra Bisht

Indira is all ears to Sanjay at the victory rally in 1980

Magnum (From Outlook, March 22)

Sonia confers with Rahul at a Congress plenary in Delhi, 2009

Narendra Bisht

Sonia, on the campaign trail in 2004, with tribal women in Solapur

AP

Indira campaigning in Delhi in 1977

Corbis

Where’s my plate Indira with Sonia, Sanjay and Rajiv sitting down for dinner at her residence on 1, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi

Corbis (From Outlook, March 22)

Sonia Gandhi rises above the ranks at the AICC meet in Shimla in ’03

Jitender Gupta

Indira Gandhi atop the podium at a Congress function in Shimla in the early ’70s

Virendra Prabhakar

Indira Gandhi with Varun Gandhi, Rajiv, Sonia, Rahu, Priyanka at Sanjay Gandhi's first death anniversary.

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Indira Gandhi with Rajiv, Sanjay, Rahul, Sonia and Priyanka

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Indira Gandhi with Rajiv and Sonia

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi accompanied by her son Rahul Gandhi, son-in-law Robert Vadra and daughter Priyanka Vadra after paying tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary, at Vir Bhumi in New Delhi.

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Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, pay tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary, at Vir Bhumi in New Delhi. Gandhi was assassinated by a suspected Tamil Tiger female suicide bomber in 1991 at an election rally in southern India in apparent revenge for sending a peacekeeping force to Sri Lanka in 1987.

PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore

Saturday 17 SeptemberA recent book has caused ripples in the politucal circles since extracts from it were first published in the Times of London on Saturday. The Mitrokhin Archive, Volume II: The KGB and the World alleges: "It seemed like the entire country [India] was for sale; the KGB — and the CIA — had penetrated the Indian government. " The KGB was more successful than the CIA, partly " because of its skill in exploiting the corruption that became endemic under Indira Gandhi’s regime. Suitcases full of banknotes were said to be routinely taken to her house and one of her opponents claimed that Mrs Gandhi did not even return the cases." The influence peaked at the time of the Bangladesh crisis and the book has some rather interesting accounts of how among the most time-consuming activities of the KGB in India was the preparation for Brezhnev’s state visit in 1973 and how they had to ensure that he was received with what appeared to be rapturous enthusiasm.Given that he was such a dreary orator, it was no easy task.

Sonia Gandhi-- Rajiv Gandhi
It was a love affair that cut across nationalities—she from Italy, he from India. They met as students in England in 1964, fell in love and were married in 1969. For a long while they lived away from the public glare—he an airline pilot, she a housewife. When he joined politics, she was beside him—reluctantly. When he was assassinated, she stayed on to lay claim to the Nehru-Gandhi legacy.

Indira Gandhi’s funeral in Delhi on October 31, 1984

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Raghu Rai
"It is said that she was ‘the only man in her Cabinet’, and how powerful Indira Gandhi was can be gauged from this photograph shot in 1970, during a meeting with her MLAs from Gujarat."