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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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.

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Rajiv Gandhi death anniversary updates: Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi pay tribute to former PM

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.

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Anti-defamation law: Rajiv Gandhi’s failed attempt at curbing Press freedom

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.

Nagaland unimpressed as new govt decides to rename Indira Gandhi Stadium after Naga football legend

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.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: CBI seeks dismissal of Perarivalan’s plea

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.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Supreme Court seeks CBI reply on Perarivalan’s plea

Perarivalan was found guilty of supplying two 9-volt batteries which were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Rajiv Gandhi.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC issues notice to CBI on plea by convict Perarivalan

The Supreme Court has asked CBI to respond to the plea within three weeks, and has listed the matter for hearing on February 21.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Probe ‘could be endless’ but no Supreme Court relief to convict

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.

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Rajiv case: MDMA’s probe endless but no SC relief to convict

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.

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Not much headway made in Rajiv murder conspiracy probe: Supreme Court

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”.

Judge who handed death to Rajiv Gandhi killers writes to Sonia

Judge who handed death to Rajiv Gandhi killers writes to Sonia: Show magnanimity

Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Thomas said there were “serious flaws” in the CBI’s investigation in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC seeks reply from Centre on convict Perarivalan’s plea

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.

Rajasthan ordinance: Vasundhara Raje’s ‘reasons’ similar to those of Rajiv Gandhi’s 1988 Defamation Bill

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.

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Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to China broke the ice, says Chinese diplomat Zeng Xyyong

“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.