Rajiv Gandhi took over as the Prime Minister of India soon after his mother and former PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.He was the youngest Prime Minister of India at 40. However, it is believed that he never intended to join politics and was instead passionate about flying. In fact, he passed the entrance examination to the Delhi Flying Club and went to the obtain a commercial pilot’s licence.
He married Sonia Gandhi who is currently the president of the Congress party and had two children, Priyanka and Rahul. Rajiv Gandhi served as the Prime Minister of the country from 1984 to 1989. The day is also celebrated as Sadbhavna Diwas. He was assassinated during a public meeting in Sri Perumbudur near Madras in 1991. A woman approached him to greet and detonated a bomb tugged under her dress killing Rajiv Gandhi on the spot.
As we celebrate Rajiv Gandhi’s 73rd birth anniversary, take a look at some of the rare pictures of former Prime Minister:
Rajiv Gandhi signing the book of condolence
Rajiv Gandhi along with his wife Sonia Gandhi offering floral tributes at the Samadhi of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru at Shantivana Delhi.
Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi with urns of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Rajiv Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi in Aizawl on July 1986, 11 days after the assigning of the historic Mizo Peace accord.
Rajiv Gandhi addressing the gathering.
Sonia and Rajiv’s Gandhi’s wedding
Rajiv Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi and Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi with Sonia and children Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi at Madras Airport Night Just before he left to attend the capaign rally where he was assassinated in Bomb Blast on May 22, 1991.
Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi during former PM Rajiv Gandhi Funeral ceremony.
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