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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Election 2019 has further powered the already strong leadership of Narendra Modi

Mandate 2019 has challenged caste- based identity for the first time in 30 years, since the Mandal Commission’s report to give job reservations to the OBCs came into effect in 1990.

PM Modi pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on 28th death anniversary

Rajiv Gandhi, who became the youngest prime minister of India at the age of 40, was assassinated by LTTE on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumbudur, a village located about 40 km from Chennai. The attack took place while he was campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.


Tamil Nadu govt committed to release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts: K Palaniswami

Palaniwami's statement comes amidst renewed calls, both from the opposition and Tamil groups, for the release of the seven convicts serving life terms.

Lakshadweep's development bears imprint of Rajiv Gandhi's visit in 1988

And Lakshadweep today has no poor. This was Rajiv’s enduring gift to the islanders.

INS Viraat controversy threatens to disturb equipoise in civil-military relations

Post 1962 and the China debacle, Indian military personnel were encouraged to keep religion and politics out of their discourse and focus on professional matters while remaining aware of their domestic environment but yet steadfastly apolitical. The equipoise should not be damaged.

Vacation stories

A reporter remembers Rajiv Gandhi in Lakshadweep, how he tried to balance Congress old guard and the ‘wiz kids’.


By raking up INS Viraat, PM Modi has provided a reminder that we must ask questions of those who wield power

Looking back, one thing stands out: Enough questions were asked of Rajiv Gandhi when he was in power. Today, more questions are asked of the Opposition.

From The Indian Express archives 30 years ago: Rajiv in Lakshadweep

The Indian Express published several news reports, features, and pictures relating to Rajiv’s visit to Lakshadweep around New Year’s Day in 1988.

Why does PM Modi repeat lies without verifying facts, asks Chidambaram on INS Viraat row

"I am curious: who feeds these lies to the Prime Minister? Why does the PM repeat the lies without verifying the facts?" P Chidambaram said.

No ships specially diverted for personal use of Gandhis: Retd Admiral on PM's INS Viraat remark

The press statement, which highlights the events of December 1987, said that Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Sonia Gandhi were on board INS Viraat and enroute Lakshadweep to chair a meeting of the Islands Development Authority from Trivandrum.

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Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka pay homage to Rajiv Gandhi on 28th death anniversary

Rajiv Gandhi, sixth and youngest PM of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.

Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary: Rare photos of the ‘Iron Lady’

Today marks the 101st birth anniversary of India’s first and only female prime minister Indira Gandhi.


Gandhi family, Congress leaders pay their respects to Rajiv Gandhi on 74th birth anniversary

Born on 20th August, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991.

Rajiv Gandhi's 71st birth anniversary today: Unseen, rare pictures from Express archives

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

Rajiv Gandhi's 71st birth anniversary: Granddaughter Miraya Vadra joins grandmom Sonia Gandhi, uncle Rahul

Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's granddaughter Miraya joined her grandmom and Congress Preseident Sonia Gandhi along with uncle Rahul for the 71st birth anniversary of her late grandfather.


Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka pay homage to Rajiv Gandhi on 24th death anniversary

Rajiv Gandhi, sixth and youngest PM of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.

On Rajiv Gandhi's 70th birth anniversary, Express presents his rare pictures

On the 70th birth anniversary of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, here are a few rare pictures of him with his family.

Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka, Rahul pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 70th birth anniversary

Sonia Gandhi along with her son Rahul paid tribute to her late husband Rajiv Gandhi at Veer Bhumi on his 70th birth anniversary at New Delhi.

Rajiv Gandhi remembered on 23rd death anniversary

Several leaders payed homage at Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's memorial on his death anniversary.

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What is the Assam NRC and what it means to be left out of it

With 40 lakh people being left out of the Assam NRC, there is a huge debate on what their future is. Here's a look at what the Assam NRC is and how the government is addressing the controversies.

Rare pictures: Protests at the Boat Club

Take a look at some of the candid pictures of protests at Boat Club in Delhi . This is part of a weekly photo series where we bring you some unguarded moments captured over the years by The Indian Express photographers’ network.