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In Pics: When Sonia Gandhi was Antonia Edvige Albina Maino

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From a young bride to a reluctant politician, Sonia Gandhi’s love affair with India has transformed both –India as well as Antonia Edvige Albina Maino. An Italian contractor’s daughter's journey to become the president of world’s largest democracy's ruling party is a fascinating story.


Before 1968, when Sonia first came to India as a young bride, India was an exotic place on the map for Sonia Gandhi. “I had a vague idea that India existed somewhere in the world with its snakes, elephants, and jungles,” she has written of her days at Cambridge University in England, where she met Rajiv Gandhi.


Today, the 66-year-old is the head of India’s oldest political party. Let’s have a look at her journey in pictures.  


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