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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.

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Rajiv Gandhi, who was the sixth and youngest PM of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign. (Source: Express archive)

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Special moment -- A photo from Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi's wedding album. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

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Sonia Gandhi with her mother-in-law late Indira Gandhi, husband Rajiv Gandhi. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

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Indira Gandhi along with sons Rajiv Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi with grandchildren Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. (Express archive photo)

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President Giani Zail Singh, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi with King of Jordan Hussein and queen Noor al Hussein at Palam Airport on his arrival. (Express archive photo by S Paul)

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Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Rajesh Khanna. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi is seen carrying the flower-bedecked urns that contains the ashes of Indira Gandhi. It was taken to Hindon from Delhi airport on November 11, 1984. (Express archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi is seen consoling his young son Rahul Gandhi at the funeral of Indira Gandhi. (Express archive photo)

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In this picture - late Rajiv Gandhi along with son Rahul Gandhi and wife Sonia Gandhi carrying the urn containing the ashes of former prime minister Indira Gandhi to Teen Murti House, New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo taken on Nov 5, 1984)

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Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv and sister-in-law Maneka Gandhi at Shantivan. (Source: Express Archive Photo by R.K. Sharma)

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Rajiv Gandhi with his wife Sonia Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi, with her late husband Rajiv Gandhi, children Rahul and Priynaka. (Source: Express archive photo)

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Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and wife Sonia Gandhi paying homage to Indira Gandhi on her 76 birth anniversary in New Delhi. (Source: Express archive photo taken on November, 11, 1987)

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Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi shaking hands with former naval chief RH Tahiliani, while Sonia Gandhi looks on. (Source: Express Archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi is seen cutting a fruit. (Express archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi holding aloft the torch during the inaugural ceremony of 1982 Asian Games. Suresh Kalmadi is also seen in this picture. (Express archive photo)

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1983 Cricket World Cup winning team meets Rajiv Gandhi. Seen here are, (Left to Right) -Yashpal Sharma,Sayad Kirmani, Kapil Dev, Balram Jakhar, Jagmohan, singer Lata Mangeshkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Rajiv Gandhi, Sunil Gavaskar, K Srikkanth, Madanlal and Dilip Vengsarkar. (Express archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi is seen addressing a gathering at Hussainiwala. (Express archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi with painter MF Hussain. (Express archive photo)

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Manoj Kumar is seen receiving Bharat Shield from Rajiv Gandhi. (Express archive photo)

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President of SWAPO, Sam Nujoma, Rajiv Gandhi and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat at a meeting held at Vigyan Bhawan in 1985. (Express archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are seen paying homage to Indira Gandhi on the occasion of her second death anniversary in New Delhi in October, 1986. (Express archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi is seen getting a rakhi tied by women. (Express archive photo)

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Rajiv Gandhi with Mikhail Gorbachev. Rajiv Gandhi and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the historic Delhi Declaration on Non-violent and Non-nuclear World on November 27, 1986 in New Delhi. (Express archive photo)

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The Delhi Declaration was unique and unprecedented in many ways as it blended Marxism and Gandhism for the first time in history. The Delhi Declaration on Non-violent and Non-nuclear World brought Marx and the Mahatma together on the same platform for the first time.
Mikhail Gorbachev and Rajiv Gandhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. (Express archive photo)

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The chairman of the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi are seen signing an agreement for cooperation in the construction of a Nuclear Power Station in India on November 20, 1988. (Express archive photo)

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Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a rally. (Express archive photo)

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Political leader Farooq Abdullah, Chandrashekar and Rajiv Gandhi at Supriya Pawar's wedding anniversary at Baramati. (Express archive photo)