THE PRIYANKA FILE

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DATE OF BIRTH: Jan­uary 12, 1972

ED­U­CA­TION: Stud­ied at Mod­ern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi till the as­sas­si­na­tion of her grand­mother Indira Gandhi, after which she and Rahul were home tu­tored. Grad­u­ated in Psy­chol­ogy from Je­sus and Mary Col­lege, DU

MAR­RIED: Child­hood friend Robert Vadra (now 50), on Fe­bru­ary 18, 1997, in a Hindu cer­e­mony

RES­I­DENCE: Stays at 35, Lodhi Estate, Delhi. and has two chil­dren—son Rai­han (18) and daugh­ter Mi­raya (16). Priyanka also has a house at Ch­harabra, 14 km from Shimla. The 3.5 bigha plot is lo­cated at a height of more than 8,000 feet

EARLY IN­FLU­ENCES: As a teen, was in­flu­enced by her grand­mother and wanted to be­come a politi­cian. Has taken her three decades to take the plunge. Has al­ways been po­lit­i­cal coun­sel­lor to mother So­nia and brother Rahul and looks after their con­stituen­cies. Un­der­took her first po­lit­i­cal cam­paign in 1997, at age 27, for her mother

PRI­VATE MO­MENT: Reg­u­larly vis­its one room in the Nehru Me­mo­rial Mu­seum and Li­brary, where the clothes, shoes and other items her fa­ther used are kept, and cleans them. In the one hour she spends in that room, no­body is al­lowed in­side

FOR­GIV­ING SOUL: Vis­ited Vel­lore jail on March 19, 2008, to meet Nalini Sri­ha­ran, ar­rested in 1991 for her role in Ra­jiv’s as­sas­si­na­tion. “It was my way of com­ing to peace with the vi­o­lence and loss I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced,” she later said

RE­LI­GIOUS IN­CLI­NA­TION: Be­lieves in Bud­dhist phi­los­o­phy and prac­tices Vi­pas­sana

DOT­ING MUM: Never misses her chil­dren’s PTAs. Loves mak­ing cup­cakes for them

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