May 21, 2014, marks the 23rd death anniversary of the late Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India. He was born on August 20, 1944, into the Congress family as the son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her husband Feroze Gandhi. He served the nation from 1984 to 1989, taking over after the assassination of his mother.
Rajiv Gandhi’s wife, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and their son Rahul Gandhi paid homage to him at Veer Bhumi on May 21. India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Gandhi on Twitter.
Rajiv became the youngest Indian head of government. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991, by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
He also had his share of controversies, one of them being that he made anti-Sikh comments during the 1984 Sikh riots. (The riots followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi.) The Bofors Scandal was also a major blot on his premier life.
But today on his death anniversary, we remember Rajiv Gandhi for all the growth and prosperity he has brought to the nation. He has helped to modernise our nation. He played a very eminent role in promoting technology and industries in the country, thereby eradicating rural poverty. He promoted computers, telecom, resource based agricultural growth and economic reform.
His inspiring words will always remain with us, “India is an old country, but a young nation; and like the young everywhere, we are impatient. I am young and I too have a dream. I dream of an India, strong, independent, self reliant and in the forefront of the front ranks of the nations of the world in the service of mankind.”
Watch the video below paying a tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 23rd death anniversary.