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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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.

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Delhi confidential: One Voice

The matter is due to be heard in the apex court in the next few days.

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Subramanian Swamy hails Rajiv Gandhi for ‘noble efforts’ to resolve Ayodhya tangle

Subramanian Swamy said Rajiv Gandhi had started “upholding the concept of Ram Rajya” but things changed after his untimely demise.

Buxar Congress worker to build temple as tribute to Rajiv Gandhi

Rai said he had convinced his parents to set apart five kathas (6,805 sq ft) land in his village of Katharai in Buxar for the temple. He got pamphlets printed for the bhoomi pujan on March 22.

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Either Centre or TN govt should release Rajiv Gandhi convicts: Karunanidhi

“I request the Centre to take steps for the release of the convicts or the state government should issue orders under Article 161 (of the Constitution of India),” said Karunanidhi.

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Modi targets Congress, pays back Rahul in equal measure

A day after Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Modi government, Prime Minister Modi hit right back, invoking Congress leaders Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.

He made mistakes, so did I: President Pranab Mukherjee on Rajiv Gandhi

President Pranab Mukherjee admitted to “have sensed Rajiv’ Gandhi’s growing unhappiness and hostility” of those around him before he was ousted from his Cabinet.

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Rajiv Gandhi too was for Ram temple: Subramanian Swamy

He also said that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had extended his support for the construction of the temple.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Nalini Sriharan again moves Madras HC

Nalini was sentenced to death by the trial court in the case on January 28, 1998. Her sentence was commuted to life term by the Tamil Nadu Governor on April 24, 2000.

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Rajiv Gandhi statue in Moga defaced again

The statue — wrapped in the tricolor by local Congress leaders — was taken away by the administration to the district secretariat complex.

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TN can’t release Rajiv killers without consulting Centre, says Supreme Court

The judgment is a setback to J Jayalalithaa’s government in Tamil Nadu which had in February 2014 decided to release all the seven convicts in the case.

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Ban on Satanic Verses: We now have a global culture of complaint which justifies violent responses

A month and a half after India banned The Satanic Verses, a domino effect was seen in countries across half the world, from South Africa to Indonesia.

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In their own voice

Two senior politicians speak up against ban politics, Section 377. They have been part of the problem, but it’s not too late.