Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

Remembering Rajiv Gandhi: In pics Rajiv Gandhi's 21st death anniversary India paid homage to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack on this day 21 years ago on 21 May 2012. A speech by the late prime minister, during which he talked about preserving the dignity of institutions, was played at the programme at 'Vir Bhumi' in Delhi where President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, his children Rahul and Priyanka, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal and Urban Development paid homage to the departed soul. Here's a tribute to the country's most dynamic late prime minister. Rajiv Gandhi, the elder son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi, was the 7th prime minister of India from 1984 to 1989 At Cambridge, he met Italian-born Sonia Maino whom he later married. After his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi's death in 1980, Gandhi was pressured by the Congress party and his mother Indira Gandhi to enter politics. He became the prime minister after his mother's death on October 31, 1984. Rajiv Gandhi was a professional pilot with Indian Airlines before entering politics At 40, he was the youngest prime minister of India. Rajiv Gandhi during a campaign in Bhopal. Rajiv with wife Sonia Gandhi after a rally. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv at the All India Congress Committee meet. Rajiv Gandhi greeting children at Sihphir, Mizoram. Rajiv Gandhi with wife Sonia Gandhi and family offering flowers at Indira Gandhi's samadhi Rajiv Gandhi behind the wheels Rajiv Gandhi with slain Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto during a SAARC meet. The two hailed from the most powerful political families of the two countries Rajiv with Sonia Gandhi during a campaign He was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 21, 1991 Rajiv Gandhi making his last journey Rahul Gandhi during a prayer session at Rajiv Gandhi's funeral. Rahul Gandhi lighting the pyre of father Rajiv Gandhi Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka at Rajiv Gandhi's cremation. A memorial christened Veer Bhumi was constructed at his cremation spot in New Delhi.

Source : MSN

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