Remembering Rajiv Gandhi: Facts You Should Definitely Know About Him

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On his 27th death anniversary, we have collected few facts you might find amazing & interesting about Rajiv Gandhi. He was tragically assassinated on May 21, 1991, yet 27 years later his legacy continues to live on. Check out how nation is paying tribute to him on social media.
On his 27th death anniversary, we have collected few facts you might find amazing & interesting about Rajiv Gandhi. He was tragically assassinated on May 21, 1991, yet 27 years later his legacy continues to live on. Check out how nation is paying tribute to him on social media.

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the youngest prime minister of India taking office at the age of 40 years, was tragically assassinated on May 21, 1991, yet 27 years later his legacy continues to live on. He was assassinated in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur, a village located about 40 kms from Chennai.

Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20 in 1944 to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Politician-Journalist, Feroze Gandhi. His birth anniversary is celebrated as Sadbhawana Diwas to commemorate the values, attitudes and ideals of the latest PM.

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi
Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

He became the youngest PM of India at 40 when he assumed office after his mother and former PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. He was not too keen on entering politics but joined Congress at the behest of his mother Indira after his brother Sanjay Gandhi, an MP, died in a plane crash in 1980.

During his 5-year tenure as Prime Minister from 1984-1989, Rajiv Gandhi planted the seeds for the IT revolution and mobile telephony and brought together Left and Right parties.

Today, on his 27th death anniversary, we have collected few facts you might find amazing & interesting about rajiv gandhi:-

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi
Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

* Rajiv Gandhi’s full name was Rajiv Ratna Gandhi and was named after his Maternal Grandmother Kamala Nehru. Kamala Refers to Godess Lakshmi and Rajiv means Lotus

* Rajiv Gandhi met and dated Antonia Maino ( changed to Sonia Gandhi later) an Italian waitress during his college in UK

* After his college Rajiv Gandhi returned to India in 1966 and Become Professional Pilot For Indian Airlines

* He stayed out of politics until the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi but after he died in a plane crash, Indira Gandhi urged him to join the Indian politics and be her adviser.

* Rajiv sworn-in as the seventh Prime Minister of India on October 31, 1984, as his mother’s assassinated, the same day, by her own bodyguards.

* Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a Public Meeting held on 21 May 1991 in Sriperumbudur in Chennai.  A woman approached Gandhi and bent down to touch his feet and exploded a bomb, which was placed under her dress

* Rajiv Gandhi was posthumously Awarded with Country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1991, by the Indian government.

On Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary, the nation paid tribute to the great leader:-

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi
Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

Awaaznation Pays tribute to the visionary leader, Bharat Ratna, Former Prime Minister of India Sri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary. Pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on twitter –  #RememberingRajivGandhi

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