Remembering Rajiv Gandhi On His 29th Death Anniversary
March 21 is the death anniversary of former prime minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi. He was assassinated on March 21, 1991 by LTTE during an election campaign. Today is his twenty-ninth death anniversary.
PM Modi paid tributes to the former prime minister. Also, the nation remembers the sacrifice Rajiv Gandhi did for the country. A Bharat Ratna recipient, Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 to Indira Gandhi and Feroze Gandhi in Bombay but he remained apolitical for most part of his life.
People remember Rajiv Gandhi by revisiting the life of the former prime minister
Rajiv Gandhi was the sixth prime minister of the country. He assumed office after the death of his mother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi. He remained in office from 1984 to 1989. Also, he was the youngest to become prime minister in India. He also served as a Congress general secretary before becoming prime minister.
He studied in United Kingdom and was a trained pilot. Before joining politics, he was working as a pilot with national carrier Indian Airlines. His first stint in politics was after the accident of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi. He won the Amethi Parliamentary constituency represented by his brother.
Rajiv Gandhi married Sonia Gandhi in 1968. Sonia Gandhi is the president of the Congress party. The couple have to children – Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Sonia Gandhi took charge of the Congress after the death of her husband the then Congress president Rajiv Gandhi. She is also chairperson of UPA.