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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 assassination case: Supreme Court seeks CBI reply on Perarivalan’s plea

Perarivalan was found guilty of supplying two 9-volt batteries which were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Rajiv Gandhi.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC issues notice to CBI on plea by convict Perarivalan

The Supreme Court has asked CBI to respond to the plea within three weeks, and has listed the matter for hearing on February 21.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Probe ‘could be endless’ but no Supreme Court relief to convict

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at an election rally on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu.

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Rajiv case: MDMA’s probe endless but no SC relief to convict

The Centre sought some time from the bench for filing its reply on Perarivalan’s plea seeking suspension of his sentence till the MDMA conclude into the conspiracy behind making of the bomb.

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Not much headway made in Rajiv murder conspiracy probe: Supreme Court

The court referred to the reports filed before it by the CBI and observed that the investigation by the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency could be “endless”.

Judge who handed death to Rajiv Gandhi killers writes to Sonia

Judge who handed death to Rajiv Gandhi killers writes to Sonia: Show magnanimity

Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Thomas said there were “serious flaws” in the CBI’s investigation in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC seeks reply from Centre on convict Perarivalan’s plea

Perarivalan was held guilty for supplying two nine-volt batteries that were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Rajiv in 1991.

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Rajasthan ordinance: Vasundhara Raje’s ‘reasons’ similar to those of Rajiv Gandhi’s 1988 Defamation Bill

The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, brought in by the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan, carries echoes of the draconian Defamation Bill which then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi tried to enact and was forced to abandon in 1988.

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Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to China broke the ice, says Chinese diplomat Zeng Xyyong

“Over all, Rajiv Gandhi visit to China was an ice breaking trip, very important in resuming and developing friendship between China and India,” Zeng Xyyong wrote in the article.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: After 26 years, Perarivalan granted parole

Soon after the media reported about the order, Arputhambal, Perarivalan’s mother Arputhambal told The Indian Express: “I won’t believe it until my Arivu comes out. I was promised this several times.”

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PM Narendra Modi remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

Among other political leaders, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee also paid her tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on Twitter. “Sincere tribute to #RajivGandhi on his birth anniversary,” the West Bengal Chief Minister tweeted.

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Rajiv Gandhi was genuinely interested about US military ties: Declassified CIA document

A sanitised copy of the classified 11-page report was released by the CIA in December 2016 along with several other documents related to India.

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Remove ‘defamatory’ references to Indira, Rajiv from textbook: Congress-NCP

Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt demanded that the references, to the Emergency and the Bofors scandal, be removed from the history and political science textbook. Congress members said the government-approved textbooks should contain an account of history, not a political commentary.

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From Rajiv to Modi, coercion replaced by cooperation

Thirty years after Rajiv Gandhi’s accord with Sri Lanka, demonstrations of hegemonic power have given way to cooperation rather than coercion. In late May, 30 years ago, the Sri Lankan Navy impeded an Indian flotilla with humanitarian assistance for the beleaguered Tamils. Last month, Colombo welcomed three Indian Navy vessels to assist in relief operations after the island’s devastating floods.

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Congress MLC plans ‘silent protest’ against NDA regime

Reddy said that nearly 300 volunteers of the Rajiv Jyoti Sadbhavana Yatra would join the protest at Sriperumbudur, where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by LTTE’s woman suicide bomber on May 21, 1991. “It will be a silent protest.”