21 May 2020, 11:29 am By Neha Sinha
Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his 29th death anniversary, Bharat Ratna recipient

PM Narendra Modi has paid tribute to the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister of the country, Rajiv Gandhi. The late former PM was assassinated by a suicide bomber during an election campaign in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu in 1991. PM Modi tweeted, 'Tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary.' Rajiv Gandhi is hailed as the 'Father of Information Technology and Telecom Revolution of India'. He is rightfully known as the architect of digital India. As the nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his 29th death anniversary here’s revisiting the life of the Bharat Ratna recipient

Rajiv Gandhi was born on 20th August 1944 in Bombay Presidency, He was the youngest PM of the country. He served as the sixth prime minister of the country, from 1984 to 1989, and was also the youngest ever to hold the office. Rajiv Gandhi took charge of the country as the Prime Minister on 31 October 1984 after the assassination of his mother and the then Prime Minister of the country, Indira Gandhi.

Prime Ministery Modi pays tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary

In the subsequent elections, the Congress also got a record majority. During his tenure, he took vigorous steps to improve bureaucracy and the liberalization of the country's economy. Rajiv Gandhi is also called the father of the information technology and communication revolution in the country. Rajiv Gandhi never took any decision in a hurry.

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He was the third generation PM of his family. The great-grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru and this son of Indira Gandhi inherited politics. Rajiv Gandhi and his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi were educated at the prestigious Doon School in Dehradun. After this Rajiv Gandhi enrolled in Imperial College, London, and completed engineering from Cambridge University. Apart from this Rajiv Commercial Pilot was a license holder. After returning to India, he served Indian Airlines as a pilot for a long time. However, his political career did not last long and he was killed in a suicide attack by LTTE militants during a rally at Sriperambudur, about 30 miles from Madras, on 21 May 1991. His death shook the whole world, not just the country.

Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his 29th death anniversary

In 1987, Rajiv Gandhi was attacked in Sri Lanka by a pro-LTTE naval. Its name was Vijita Rohana Vijemuni. The attack took place when Rajiv Gandhi had gone very close to a contingent of soldiers during the Guard of Honor. At the same time, Vijemuni attacked Rajiv Gandhi, the butt of his rifle. It is a matter of honor that the security personnel following him saved Rajiv Gandhi's life in time and saved the young man. After this, he was arrested and court-martialed. Rajiv Gandhi went on a tour thereafter sending peace forces to Sri Lanka.

Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his 29th death anniversary

On 21 May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi reached the venue of the rally at around 10.10 pm. They were seated in the front seat of the car and greeted everyone as they descended. At some distance, the suicide bomber Dhanu garlanded them, and only then a blast threw the rags of all the people present in the air. Among them was Rajiv Gandhi.

He was elected to the Lok Sabha by-election in June 1981 and was also made a member of the National Executive of the Youth Congress in the same month. During his tenure, the issue of bribery in the purchase of Bofors cannon was raised vigorously by the opposition due to which the Congress was defeated in the election and Rajiv had to step down from the post of Prime Minister. The main character of this cannon deal was Ottavio Quattrocchi, a citizen of Italy.

In 1965, Rajiv Gandhi met Albina. Albina was pursuing her studies at Cambridge University. She used to work part-time in a restaurant due to the financial condition of her house being very weak, while she met Rajiv Gandhi. This meeting soon turned into love and it turned into a love marriage alliance. After marriage, Albina gets a new name, Sonia. Today they know the country by this name. She is also a powerful woman politician in the country today.

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