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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Indira Gandhi’s 34th death anniversary: Rare photos of the ‘Iron Lady’

Indira Gandhi death anniversary: Indira Gandhi was known for her strong personality and also went to war with Pakistan supporting the Independence Movement in East Pakistan leading to the formation of Bangladesh.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Perarivalan’s mother meets TN governor, seeks son’s release

The Supreme Court had earlier asked the Governor to consider the mercy petition of Perarivalan seeking remission or pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution while disposing of the Centre’s petition opposing the state’s 2014 decision for the convicts’ release.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Will the convicts be released? Here’s where things stand today

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: The Tamil Nadu government has recommended release of all seven convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution. What does this mean? Why is the ball now in the Governor’s court?

Centre opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers: will set dangerous precedent

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Confident governor will take ‘good decision’, says TN govt

“The government is confident that Governor Purohit will realise the Tamil people’s feelings and expectations and take a good decision at an appropriate time,” Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters here.

Centre opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers: will set dangerous precedent

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Release all convicts, Tamil Nadu to tell Governor

Among the seven convicts who may benefit from the Cabinet decision, Perarivalan is from Jolarpettai in Vellore district, Nalini from Chennai and Ravichandran from Madurai.

Centre opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers: will set dangerous precedent

His syllabus for reform

Crucial learning schemes, from school to college, can be traced back to Rajiv Gandhi’s initiatives.

Manmohan Singh: Need to arrest ‘disturbing trends’ of intolerance, communal polarisation

Talking about the present climate in the country, Sonia Gandhi called for collectively expressing the resolve “to fight the forces of divisiveness, hate, and bigotry”.

Centre opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers: will set dangerous precedent

Releasing Rajiv Gandhi’s killers will have ‘international ramifications’, Centre tells SC

The government submitted the document to a bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph who adjourned the matter.

Netflix ‘Sacred Games’: Criticism, expression of dissatisfaction permissible, says Delhi HC

The counsel for Netflix informed the bench on Thursday that they took the initiative and changed the word in the English subtitles in the fourth episode of the show that was alleged derogatory.

On the Loose: Barred or Scarred

The clumsy attempts at censorship don’t stop

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Rahul Gandhi on Sacred Games row: My father lived, died for India, no ‘character’ can change that

A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday seeking removal of some “offensive scenes” from the Netflix series Sacred Games, alleging that some of its content were inappropriate and derogatory in nature and harmed the reputation of the former prime minister.

Delhi HC to hear plea against Netflix show 'Sacred Games' on July 16

Delhi HC to hear plea against Netflix show ‘Sacred Games’ on July 16

On Wednesday, the matter came up before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar from which, it recused itself without giving a reason and listed the case before another bench.

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Delhi HC to hear plea against Netflix show ‘Sacred Games’ for allegedly defaming Rajiv Gandhi

Congress activist Rajeev Sinha had filed a complaint against the series on Tuesday alleging that late PM Rajiv Gandhi has been abused with ‘Fattu’ kind of word in the show.

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Rajiv Gandhi: Five lesser known facts

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.

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Rajiv Gandhi death anniversary: Twitterati remember the former PM

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.