Rajiv Gandhi, who took over as PM of India at the age of 40 years, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 during an election campaign in Tamil Nadu; India remembers him on his death anniversary
Guwahati: May 21, 2020, marks the 29th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The youngest PM of India, Gandhi was assassinated on this date during an election campaign in Tamil Nadu in the year 1991.
On Thursday, his son, Rahul Gandhi, took to Twitter to write, "In memory of my beloved father, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, who was martyred this day in 1991. He was a wonderful father; gentle, kind, compassionate & patient. I miss him. But he will always stay alive in my heart & in the wonderful memories I have of him."
Rajiv’s daughter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, also sharing the last picture with her father and wrote on Twitter, “To be kind to those who are unkind to you; to know that life is fair, no matter how unfair you imagine it to be; to keep walking, no matter how dark the skies or fearsome the storm. To nurture a strong heart, and fill it with love no matter how great it’s sorrows; these are the gifts of my father’s life."
Several other politicians and leaders remembered the former PM. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Gandhi. He tweeted, "On his death anniversary, tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi."
Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944, in Bombay, to former PM Indira Gandhi and freedom fighter, politician Feroze Gandhi. Rajiv took over as the PM of India at the age of 40, and served as the sixth Prime Minister of the country from 1984 to 1989.
He was honoured with a Bharat Ratna posthumously. He was a professional pilot for the state-owned Indian Airlines. In 1968, he married Sonia Gandhi, the current president of the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance chairperson. The couple have two children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Rahul is currently an MP, and Priyanka is the AICC general secretary.
During his tenure, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, which were earlier UTs, were given the status of states. Rajiv Gandhi also signed the historic Assam Accord in 1985.