Wednesday, the 21st May of 2014 marks the 23rd death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was the sixth Prime Minister of India, served India from 1984 to 1989. He assumed office after the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31st October, 1984, the very same day to become the youngest Prime minister of India.
Rajiv Gandhi is from a politically influential Nehru–Gandhi family. In 1961 he went to Cambridge to pursue his higher Education and came back to India to join Indian Airlines as a professional pilot while his mother became Prime Minister in 1966. He showed no interest in politics. He married an Italian, Albina Maino(Sonia Gandhi).
Though Rajiv was dead against politics he had to enter that field due to the sudden demise of his politician brother Sanjay Gandhi in 1980. Eventually Rajiv Gandhi fought his first Lok Sabha election from Amethi to fill his brother’s seat in the Parliament. On 31 October 1984 when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated, politically very young Rajiv Gandhi became India's Prime Minister within hours of his mother's death. In spite of the confusions and anti-sikh riots in Delhi Rajiv steered Congress party to win the greatest Lok Sabha majority (411 seats out of 542) in history.
During his tenure Gandhi gave a great boost to Science and Technology and associated Industries. MTNL introduced in 1986 was his brain child. He facilitated the setting of numerous PCO's throughout India taking telephones even to remote and rural areas. He also set up the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System in 1986 a central government institution that focuses on the upliftment of rural children providing them free residential education from 6th till 12th grade.
Rajiv's Foreign policy was much different from his mothers. He significantly improved bilateral...