Rahul Gandhi, son of former Italian stewardess Sonia Gandhi, has succeeded his mother as head of the Congress Party, currently India’s opposition party. At one point his mom was going to be India’s prime minister until it was pointed out she didn’t really speak any indigenous Indian languages well.
I don’t know if Rahul always makes intensely Italian-looking hand gestures like in this picture.
The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has been trending toward the northwest for some time. Rahul’s great-grandfather Prime Minister Nehru was from Kashmir in the far north of India. His grandmother Indira Gandhi fortuitously married a Parsi (historically from Persia) with the name Gandhi, the same as her father’s famous mentor (who was murdered in 1948). His father Rajiv became a pilot and married an Italian stewardess Sonia. After the death of his brother Sanjay in a 1980 plane crash that is considered an accident (Sanjay had survived three assassination attempts), Rajiv went into politics and succeeded his mother upon her murder in 1985. He in turn was murdered in 1991.
Hopefully, the scion will enjoy a less tragic career.
Rahul is currently emphasizing that he is a Hindu brahmin, in response to Prime Minister Modi’s Hindu nationalist majoritarianism. His uncle Sanjay had wanted his children raised in their paternal grandfather’s Zoroastrianism.
As for the next generation of Gandhis, Rahul is in his mid-40s and does not appear to be married. According to the gossip pages, he has been seen at tennis matches with a Venezuelan lady who lives in Spain. Rahul’s name has also been associated with Princess Noal Zaher, granddaughter of the last king of Afghanistan. But she married a descendant of the last king of Egypt and this year they had twins.
Due to the extreme number of assassinations in his family, Rahul was largely raised in secret, so it’s possible he himself has a secret family somewhere. The Indian press reports that he takes lengthy secret vacations abroad. I couldn’t blame him if he has a secret family stashed in some place non-homicidal like Switzerland.
It’s not unusual for Asian political and religious dynasties to become more European looking over the generations.
Above for example, are the next two generations of the Aga Khan dynasty of Ismaili leaders, Prince Rahim (the step-grandson of actress Rita Hayworth) and Princess Salwa, the former Kendra Spears of Seattle, with young Princes Irfan and Sinan. They look like many a happy young family in Park Slope or Manhattan Beach.
The Ismailis are a neoplatonic Shia sect largely found in Pakistan, where they are known to be thrifty and enterprising. They like their Imam, however, to live the high life in Geneva and London.