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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.


Delhi Police request Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to submit 'hacked' devices after ‘when a big tree falls…’ tweet

May 22, 2022 11:24 am

Chowdhury alleged that someone had hacked his Twitter account after a tweet with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's infamous quote “when a big tree falls, ground shakes” linked to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was posted from his account and later deleted.

Perarivalan: From flaying ruling to silence on Stalin bid to respecting Gandhis, Congress walks a tightrope

May 23, 2022 1:38 am

The Congress’s silence over Stalin’s warm welcome to Perarivalan is telling. The DMK and Stalin are now closer to the Congress than ever before.

'Visionary who shaped modern India': Leaders pay tribute to ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary

May 21, 2022 10:55 am

On May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

SC decision in Perarivalan case should send strong signals to governors who stonewall state government decisions

May 20, 2022 12:21 pm

The verdict reaffirms a cardinal principle of the country's polity: “The Governor occupies the position of the head of the executive in the State but it is virtually the Council of Ministers in each State that carries on the executive Government.”

Delhi Rewind: How DLF built colonies in Delhi for aspirational Partition migrants

April 17, 2022 8:41 am

Long before the DLF turned Gurgaon from a humble hamlet to one of the fastest growing cities in India, it was in Delhi that the company created some of the city’s most opulent neighbourhoods.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A G Perarivalan’s bail came after long legal battle

March 10, 2022 3:56 pm

One of the seven convicts in the case connected to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, Perarivalan alias Arivu was 19 when he was arrested in June of that year.

Who failed the people of UP?

February 27, 2022 5:32 pm

P Chidambaram writes: It seems the UP election is a bi-polar fight between BJP and SP. The kind words exchanged between Mr Amit Shah and Ms Mayawati reveal the hidden plan. The Congress has pitched its flag and symbol in all 403 constituencies.

Punjab poll diary: The shawl-wallahs, bail to Majithia; and more

January 11, 2022 5:20 pm

While CM Charanjit Singh Channi has become well-neigh inseparable from his cream-coloured shawl, or loi as it called in Punjabi, Sidhu has gone all designer with his colourful, intricately patterned variety.

Renaming of Rajiv Gandhi National Park: RS MP Ripun Bora terms it political vendetta

September 03, 2021 12:56 pm

In a letter to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Congress leader said history will always remember the late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who sacrificed his life for the unity and integrity of India.

Karnataka MP wants Rajiv Gandhi National Park to be renamed after Field Marshal Cariappa

September 03, 2021 8:22 am

Kodagu-Mysore MP Pratap Simha raised the request taking a cue from Assam government's decision to rename Rajiv Gandhi National Park on the north bank of the Brahmaputra as Orang National Park.


Remembering Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary

August 20, 2021 12:37 pm

Rajiv Gandhi, a former prime minister and a recipient of Bharat Ratna, was assassinated in a suicide bombing at Chennai’s Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.

On Sonia Gandhi's 73rd birthday, here are some rare photographs that you wouldn’t have seen

December 10, 2019 6:44 am

The Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi turned 73 Monday. She has decided not to celebrate her birthday in the wake of rape incidents across the country and growing concerns over women’s security.

Gandhi family, Congress leaders pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on 75th birth anniversary

August 20, 2019 12:49 pm

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

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

May 22, 2019 10:07 am

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’

November 20, 2018 7:05 am

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

August 21, 2018 6:36 am

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

August 20, 2015 11:00 am

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

August 20, 2015 10:40 am

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

May 21, 2015 12:07 pm

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


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

June 22, 2020 6:20 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:20 pm

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.