Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajiv Gandhi
|Real Name||Rajiv Ratna Gandhi|
|Political Party||Indian National Congress|
|Political Journey||Upon the command of his mother Indira Gandhi, he reluctantly stepped into politics in 1980 after his brother Sanjay's death.
• Following year, he contested from his late brother's constituency, Amethi, and tasted the victory.
• To advance his political knowledge, he was made the general secretary of INC in 1982. He was also given the responsibility to organise 1982 Asian Games.
• After the assassination of his mother, he was named the Prime Minister of India.
|Physical Stats & More|
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms- 72 kg
in Pounds- 159 lbs
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
|Age (as on 21 May 1991)||46 Years|
|Date of Birth||20 August 1944|
|Birth Place||Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India|
|Place of Birth||Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India|
|Date of Death||21 May 1991|
|Cause of Birth||Assassination|
|Place of Death||Sriperumbudur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Leo|
|Family||Father- Late Feroze Gandhi (Former Indian Politician)
Mother- Late Indira Gandhi (Former Indian Politician)
Feroze Gandhi and Indira Gandhi
Brother- Late Sanjay Gandhi (Former Indian Politician & trained Pilot)
|Hometown||Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India|
|Educational Qualifications||Trained Pilot|
|School||Shiv Niketan school
Welham Boys' School, Dehradun
The Doon School, Dehradun
|College||Trinity College, Cambridge
Imperial College, London
Delhi Flying Club, New Delhi
|Debut||He joined the Indian National Congress in 1980, after his brother's death and, became an MP from Amethi the very next year.|
|Major Controversies||• Rajiv Gandhi and his team took a controversial decision to a sensitive issue after passing an act in the parliament titled The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986 which nullified the Supreme Court's judgement in the Shah Bano case. A lady named Shah Bano, 62, filed a petition in a local court of Indore after her husband gave her an irrevocable divorce and refused to give any compensation to the lady and her 5 kids. Initially, a local court asked her husband to pay her INR 25 every month, which was later revised by the Madhya Pradesh High Court to INR 179.20/ month. Mohd. Ahmed Khan, the lady's husband, challenged the High Court's decision in the Supreme Court, but the apex court denied his request and confirmed the judgement of High Court. Now came the central government in action and passed the act which stated that maintenance to a divorced woman by her husband will only be given during the period of iddat, or till 90 days after the divorce.
• In 1989, the then union finance minister V.P. Singh uncovered a political corruption what became to be known as Bofors Scandal, which involved millions of US dollars and alleged payoffs by the Swedish arms company Bofors through Italian businessman and Gandhi family associate Ottavio Quattrocchi.
• Schweizer Illustrierte magazine published an article on black money in 1991. The article cited McKinsey & Company as a source and stated Rajiv held 2.5 billion Swiss francs in secret Indian accounts in Switzerland.
• In 1992, the Indian newspapers Times of India and The Hindu published reports alleging that Rajiv Gandhi had received funds from the KGB, a Russian Committee for State Security. The disclosure was later confirmed by the Russian Government and was defended as necessary for Soviet ideological interest.
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Marital Status||Married when died|
|Wife||Sonia Gandhi (m. 1968-1991)|
|Children||Son- Rahul Gandhi (Indian Politician)
Rajiv Gandhi son Rahul Gandhi
Daughter- Priyanka Gandhi (Indian Politician)
- Did Rajiv Gandhi smoke: Not Known
- Did Rajiv Gandhi drink liquor: Not Known
- His instructors at Shiv Niketan School said that he was modest and was slanted towards painting and drawing.
- Trinity College, London offered him a place in Engineering, which he recognized and started it precisely the same yet did not finish his degree.
- Rajiv fled back to India in 1966 when his mom turned into the Prime Minister of India. There he joined Delhi flying club and turned into a prepared pilot. Later in 1970, signal bearer aircraft of India, Air India assimilated him as a pilot.
- Not at all like his family, he never needed to join governmental issues. He went along with it just when his mom, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi constrained him to do as such after the demise of his sibling in an air ship crash in 1980 which was being flown by Sanjay himself.
- He challenged the general decisions in 1980 from his late sibling’s electorate, Amethi and turned into a MP in the lower parliament house (Lok Sabha).
- In 1981, Rajiv was chosen as the leader of Indian Youth Congress.
- Gathering needed him to learn governmental issues and for that, he was named the gathering general secretary in 1982 and was additionally given the obligation to sort out the Asian Games that year.
- He took the Prime Minister office on the day his mom was shot dead by two of her own Sikh guardians as the countering of Operation Blue Star. The death was trailed by Anti-Sikh uproars in the nation, on which, Rajiv stated, some of them were a result of the murder of his mom. “At the point when a tree falls, it is the Earth around that shakes” was the disputable comment he made to legitimize the mass killings.
- The main thing that Rajiv did in the wake of taking up as the PM was passing Anti-absconding law which kept any MP or MLA from joining some other political gathering until next races.
- In spite of the fact that there was no specify of financial strategy in his 1984 race statement, he gave it an endeavor to change the country’s economy, and for that, he began giving motivators to make private generation productive. He began offering appropriations to the corporate organizations to increment mechanical generation, particularly of strong products. His own particular gathering individuals condemned these moves naming them to be ‘ace rich’ and ‘genius city changes.’
- Rajiv almost got away passing in 1987, on account of his reflexes. He himself portrayed the episode that when he saw a slight development through the side of his eye while examining the protect of respect. He said the dodging that he did well right now of shooting kept the slug from infiltrating into his head and that the consumed black powder fell on his shoulder underneath the left ear. The protect who discharged the slug advised that his aim was to complete Gandhi for the harm he (Rajiv) has caused to Sri Lanka.
- While he was in the workplace, the parliament saw various changes in the bureau to which, the resistance pioneers stated: “The Cabinet change mirrors the shakiness of the Congress Government at the Center.”
- It was in 1986 when Public Sector telecom organizations like MTNL and VSNL were built up and created amid Rajiv’s chance in office. In the period where phones were an extravagance thing and were considered for simply rich, Rajiv made it feasible for regular mass to manage the cost of it. The seed of Information Technology (IT) transformation was sowed by none other than Rajiv Gandhi.
- He started Operation Black Thunder in 1988 with a specific end goal to clear the Golden Temple, Amritsar of arms and shooters. Two gatherings named National Security Guard and Special Action Group were made, which encompassed the sanctuary for around 10 days amid which fanatics’ weapons were reallocated. This operation was to convey peace to Punjab.
- May 1991 was the last time India got the chance to hear him out. He was at Sriperumbudur, a town close Chennai, where he was killed while battling for the Sriperumbudur Lok Sabha Congress applicant. A lady who was later recognized as Thenmozhi Rajaratnam moved toward him out in the open and welcomed him. A belt that had around 700gm of RDX explosives exploded when she twisted down to touch Gandhi’s feet.
- Later in 1991, the Indian Government after death granted him Bharat Ratna, the country’s most astounding regular citizen respect. ‘Progressive Leader of Modern India’ was another respect granted after death to Rajiv in 2009 at the India Leadership Conclave.
- Indian Government later fabricated the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial (Ninaivagam), in Sriperumbudur, India, where he was killed.