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On Rajiv Gandhi’s Death Anniversary, Rahul Gandhi Pay Tributes To His Late Father

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday remembered his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 27th death anniversary, saying that the father taught him to love and respect all. Rahul made the same remark as he has been doing it on the current political situation while remembering his father.

Rahul Gandhi wrote in his tweet on Monday, “My father taught me that hate is a prison for those who carry it. Today, on his death anniversary, I thank him for teaching me to love and respect all beings, the most valuable gift a father can give a son.”

Sharing a photo of the former Prime Minister, he wrote, “Rajiv Gandhi, those of us that love you hold you forever in our hearts.”

In the morning, Rahul Gandhi, his mother Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi at his memorial in Delhi.

Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Former President  and a longtime party member Pranab Mukherjee, Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge also paid homage to Rajiv Gandhi’s memorial.

Rajiv Gandhi was not too keen on entering politics but joined Indian politics only after an unexpected death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash in 1980, earlier he was a pilot in Indian Airline. In 1981, he won the election of the Member of Parliament in Amethi and in 1983 he was appointed General Secretary of Congress Party. After the brutal killing of his mother and India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, he was sworn in as the caretaker Prime Minister. By taking huge poll in the general election of 1985, he took charge of the Prime Minister.

Gandhi remained Congress President until the elections in 1991. While campaigning for the elections, he was assassinated by a suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). His widow Sonia became the president of the Congress party in 1998 and led the party to victory in the 2004 and 2009 parliamentary elections.

Rajiv Gandhi also helped dismantle a coup in the Maldives, which had led to open conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In 1991, it was an LTTE suicide bomber which had detonated an RDX device at his rally. Rajiv Gandhi was killed in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur; a village located about 40 kms from Chennai.

He was the first Prime Minister to talk about the release of Indian democracy from the power brokers. He also took away the corrupt bureaucracy. As Prime Minister, he announced the new education policy. Various types of commissions were set up for the industrial development of the country.

Rajiv Gandhi left an indelible impression and ensured India’s strong and sound foray in the 21st century through his path breaking initiatives in the field of technology and defence.

In 1991 the Indian government posthumously awarded Gandhi the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award.


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