Sonia and Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to one of the best leaders of Indian history
Monday, May 21, marks the 27th death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was one of the best leaders India could have in its history. He was assassinated in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur, a village located about 40 km from Chennai. Gandhi was in the area to address public meeting in support of a Congress Lok Sabha nominee when he was killed in a suicide bombing.
Well, he became the youngest PM of India at 40, when he assumed office after his mother and former PM Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. He was not too keen to enter politics but joined Congress at the behest of his mother Indira passed away. He married Sonia Gandhi in 1968 and was a professional pilot with the Indian Airlines before his days as a politician.
Today, Rahul Gandhi remembered his father on his 27th death Anniversary and shared the lessons that were taught by Rajeev Gandhi to him.
Here, are following facts that you might don’t know about ‘The Man with a Mission’!
1.Rajiv Gandhi’s full name was Rajiv Ratna Gandhi
2.Rajiv was named after his grandmother’s name Kamala Nehru, wife of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, because Rajiv and Kamala mean “Lotus”, which is used to worship the goddess Lakshmi
3.Rajiv was so impressed by Sonia’s beauty that he penned down a poetry on a piece of napkin when he first saw her at a restaurant. It is said that Rajiv was quite vocal about his feelings for Sonia Gandhi. For him, she was the most beautiful woman he had ever known
4.Sonia’s Father, Stefano Maino did not give an approval to Sonia and Rajiv’s marriage because Rajiv was a Prime Minister’s son.
5.He chose to pursue a career in the Indian Airlines as a pilot. He remained a pilot until he entered politics
6.He stayed out of politics until the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi but after he died in a plane crash, Indira Gandhi urged him to join the Indian politics and be her adviser. And like a obiedent child he followed his mother’s instructions.
7.Rajiv sworn-in as the seventh Prime Minister of India on October 31, 1984, as his mother’s assassinated, the same day, by her own bodyguards
8.Rajiv once insulted former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Tanguturi Anjaiah. He publically called Anjaiah a “buffoon”.