Few are aware of the fact that the youngest prime minister of India was also a keen photographer. While photography was a source of immense pleasure to him, he is believed to have been extremely modest about it.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in Sriperumbudur, a village located about 40 km from Chennai where he had gone to address a meeting. He was seeking support a Congress Lok Sabha nominee. He had taken office after the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi.
Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest PM of India at 40 when he assumed office after his mother and former PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984.
The current Narendra Modi government faced a similar situation as it decided to withdraw a guideline issued by the I&B stating that if a journalist is found to have created or propagated ‘fake news’, his or her press accreditation would be at risk of getting canceled.
Incessant corruption and the lack of political will have confined both the IG Stadium in the state capital and the State Stadium in Dimapur to a perpetual “under construction” status for decades, reports Kallol Dey from Kohima.
On February 18, 2014, the top court had commuted the death sentence of Perarivalan to life imprisonment, along with that of two other prisoners – Santhan and Murugan – on grounds of a delay of 11 years in deciding their mercy pleas by the Centre.
Perarivalan was found guilty of supplying two 9-volt batteries which were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Rajiv Gandhi.
The Supreme Court has asked CBI to respond to the plea within three weeks, and has listed the matter for hearing on February 21.
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.
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.
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”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Thomas said there were “serious flaws” in the CBI’s investigation in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
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.
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.
“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.