Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira Gandhi, served as the sixth Prime Minister of India from 1984-1989 before he was assassinated by the LTTE terrorists in 1991. Rajiv became a professional pilot with Air India in 1966 and stayed away from politics for a long time. He finally entered politics in 1980 after the death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash. He was made the prime minister after his mother was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards and immediately after he assumed the office, anti-Sikh riots broke out in the country. During this time, Rajiv delivered an infamous address in which, referring to the riots, he said: "when a big tree falls, earth shakes." His tenure as the prime minister saw other controversies including Bofors scandal, Shah Bano case and intervention in Sri Lanka. He was posthumously awarded country's highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna in 1991.
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Rajiv Gandhi assassin seeks mercy killing: Will the law allow it?

Lamenting the long years served in jail, Pious added that without the hope of release, the jail sentence has become an endless, hapless journey. But does Pious’ emotional appeal hold a legal validity in a country where mercy killing is still illegal?

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Rajiv Gandhi case convict Robert Payas seeks mercy killing

The convict, who was 20 when he was arrested in 1991, said that he completed 26 years in prison on June 11 and the Centre and the state governments want him to die there.

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Rajiv Gandhi’s popular 15 paise remark finds mention in Supreme Court verdict

The bench said a major hurdle in transfer of the benefits to the genuine needy is the lack of means to correctly identify such persons.

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Four accused of vandalising Rajiv Gandhi bust arrested

This comes three days after the bust was found damaged and a day after a Congress delegation met Governor Ram Naik, demanding that the culprits be arrested

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Rajiv Gandhi statue case: Cong leaders meet UP Governor

The leaders demanded that apart from replacing the damaged statue, the park it is located in should be revived.

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Rajiv Gandhi’s statue broken: Reflects state govt’s plans to disturb social harmony, says Congress leader Raj Babbar

Babbar, who led a ‘dharna’ near the vandalised statue, gave the state government a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest the culprits, else the agitation would be intensified. He was accompanied by Pramod Tiwari, Rajesh Mishra and Rajesh Pati Tripathi.

Congress workers burn effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Amethi

Protesters led by Chandrakant Dubey and Yogendra Mishra, shouted slogans and burnt the PM’s effigy. They later submitted a memorandum addressed to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik through the sub-divisional magistrate of Gauriganj alleging breakdown of law and order in the state.

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Rajiv Gandhi’s statue damaged, Congress declares protest

The Comgress announced statewide protest after a statue of late Rajiv Gandhi was found damaged.

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Chandraswami, godman to PMs and politics, dies at 69

His shadow loomed over Rao’s reign, was linked to Iran arms running scandal and Rajiv assassination

Controversial godman Chandraswami, allegedly involved in Rajiv Gandhi assassination, dies at 66

The Enforcement Directorate was still investigating the case against Chandraswami for his alleged involvement as a financier in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: HC adjourns convict Murugan’s plea to meet mother

A bench of the Madras High Court refused to entertain Murugan’s petition and adjourned it till the end of summer vacation of the court.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC seeks report from CBI over insufficient probe

The Supreme Court had commuted the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan in February 2014 following delay in deciding on their mercy plea.

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Plaques blaming Indira, Rajiv for 1984 riots at Delhi memorial

The plaques read: “Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, in a self-styled dictatorial manner, ordered the Operation Blue Star

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Centre for status quo on remission for 6 Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

, “Since the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court, we will inform the State government regarding the observations made by the Law Ministry,” said a senior government official.

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Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi on 25th death anniversary

Rajiv Gandhi, who was the sixth Prime Minister of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.