His grandmother, Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv Gandhi, both prime ministers, fell victim to terrorism.
Outlining the need for the 127-year-old Congress party to develop leadership and give prominence to grassroots workers, Gandhi also asked the party to respect the youths' demand for a greater role in decision-making.
Addressing over 1,200 delegates at the All India Congress Committee session here, he emphasized that the party workers and local leaders need to be respected.
Gandhi, who heads the party's coordination panel, is expected to lead the party in the 2014 general elections. A chorus of voices from the party is demanding he be declared the prime ministerial candidate.
He said the youth was angry and feeling alienated with the existing system.
"Until we start to respect and empower people, we cannot change anything in this country... all are closed systems, designed for mediocrity, mediocrity dominates," he said.
Image: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi gives his maidan speech as vice president at All India Congress Committee (AICC) session in Jaipur on Sunday.