Rajiv Gandhi

Here we listed out some interesting facts about The Youngest Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, with his Biography, Profile, Facts, Timeline, Awards, Achievement, etc.,

Born: 20 August 1944
Birth Place: Mumbai, India
Nationality: Indian
Assassinated: 21 May 1991, Sriperumbudur, India
Spouse: Sonia Gandhi (m. 1968–1991)
Education: University of Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge, more
Parents: Indira Gandhi, Feroze Gandhi
Known as: The Youngest Prime Minister
Awards: Bharat Ratna, Indira Gandhi Prize

  • Rajiv Gandhi, the shy, well mannered, gentle son of Indira Gandhi, had no intensions of joining politics, although he belonged to the Nehru lineage;
  • But the sudden and tragic death of his brother, Sanjay Gandhi on June 20, 1980 and the shocking assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 left him with no choice and he was literally pushed into politics and went on to become the youngest Prime Minister of India.
  • Rajive Gandhi, born on August 20, 1944 at Bombay (now Mumbai) was the elder son of Feroze Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.
  • He had his early education at the school, “Shivniketan” where he was taught by a German lady. At the age of ten he was sent to a boarding school.
  • In 1960 he passed his Senior Cambridge examination from the Doon School in Dehra Dun and proceeded to London for higher studies at the “Imperial College”.
  • In order to meet their expenses, Rajiv and a few of his friends worked part-time in an ice-cream parlour, and in a bakery.
  • He joined the Delhi Flying Club and passed his entrance examination. He had both a Private Pilot License as well as a Commercial Piolet License.
  • He soon joined Indian Airlines as a piolet and became a Check Piolet on “Avro” planes.
  • On February 25, 1968 Rajiv married Sonia Maino, an Italian girl whom he had met in his student days at Cambridge.
  • He had two children, a son Rahul, born on June19, 1970 and a daughter, Priyanka, born on Janurary 12. 1972.
  • Rajiv worked as a Commercial Piolet in the Indian Airlines for nearly fourteen years.
  • Rajiv was not at all interested in politics but after the tragic death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash, his mother Mrs. Indira Gandhi, persuaded him to give up his piolet’s carrer and join politics.
  • He won the elections from Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh during the special elections held in 1981 and became one of the Congress Party’s four general secretaries in 1983.
  • After Indira Gandhi Assassination Rajive was sworn in as Prime Minister the same evening and he became the seventh and youngest Prime Minister of India at the age of 40.
  • Immediately after being sworn in as the Prime Minister of India, the world’s largest democracy, Rajive Gandhi rushed to his office to attend to urgent matters.
  • He was deeply concerned with the violence that had erupted throughout the country following Indira Gandhi’s assassination. The capital was in flames.  He appealed to the people to stay calm in that hour of crisis.
  • Rajiv Gandhi, as a Prime Minister, was very polite, disciplined, pragmatic, cautious and a very practical person. When he took office, India was falling apart; he did his best to put it back together again.
  • The unrest in Punjab began to subside slowly. In Mizoram, he ended a militancy that had existed for 50 years. He brought the State of Assam back to the national mainstream, a feat that his mother could not achieve.
  • He proved himself to be an astute politician, outspoken and quite modern in his thinking and soon came to be known as “Mr. Clean” in the unhealthy political scene.
  • His efforts to increase the pace of science with sophisticated computer technology put the technology put the country on the third world communication network.
  • Rajiv Gandhi’s planning gave India a strong base for building a modern, self-reliant industrial economy. Indian industry today is highly diversified, producing a wide range of products with high level technology.
  • On January 28, 1985, Rajiv Gandhi presided over a Summit meeting of six non-aligned Nations in New Delhi. The participating nations were India.  Tanzania, Mexico, Argentina, Greece and Sweden.
  • India played a role in generating, cultivating, developing opinions and creating pressure amongst the four Super Powers. Non-alignment forms the characteristics feature and backbone of India’s Foreign Policy.
  • He visited USSR (Russia) and met Mikhail Gorbachev, the new leader of Russia. This visit gave India and USSR a durable international legal basis.
  • Rajiv paid a visit to Egypt, France, Algeria, USA and Switzerland. His official visit to United States on June 11, 1985 proved historic.
  • Rajiv was in favour of creating international peace and for his efforts in this direction; the National Integration
    Assembly honoured him as the “Man of the Year”.
  • He played a major role in trying to solve the problem of the Tamils in Srilanka and even signed a peace pact with the Srilankan President in 1987.
  • He was accused of Government corruption in the Before case and lost re-election in 1989. In 1990-91 when the Gulf war broke out, Rajiv Gandhi, despite being in the opposition took initiative to curb the war and bring about peace.
  • On May 21, 1991 during his campaign tour to Sri Perambur, as Rajiv Gandhi moved to the dias to address the people, a young girl came forward to take his blessings. As she bent down to touch his feet, she activated a toggle switch, which was attached to the bomb tied around her waist.
  • There was a terrible explosion, which ripped him and the young girl to pieces and threw several other people off the ground.
  • Investigations revealed that the young girl ‘Thanu’ belonged to the LTTE group and had been trained to be a human bomb.
  • The world was shocked by this assassination of the erstwhile Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and the nation grieved at the passing away of this gentle, young man.
  • On 17th June 1991, the Government of India conferred the highest honour of the land. “Bharat Ratna” on him posthumously.

Rajiv Gandhi

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