11, Apr 2021
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was an Indian politician who served as the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40.
|Full 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|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms- 72 kg
in Pounds- 159 lbs
|Date of Birth||20 August 1944|
|Place of Birth||Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India|
|Date of Death||21 May 1991|
|Place of Death||Sriperumbudur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Cause of Birth||Assassination|
|Age (as on 21 May 1991)||46 Years|
|Birthplace||Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India|
|Hometown||Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India|
|School||Shiv Niketan school
Welham Boys' School, Dehradun
The Doon School, Dehradun
|College||Trinity College, Cambridge
Imperial College, London
Delhi Flying Club, New Delhi
|Educational Qualifications||Trained Pilot|
|Debut||He joined the Indian National Congress in 1980, after his brother's death and, became an MP from Amethi the very next year.|
|Family||Father- Late Feroze Gandhi (Former Indian Politician)
Mother- Late Indira Gandhi (Former Indian Politician)
Brother- Late Sanjay Gandhi (Former Indian Politician & trained Pilot)
|Blood Group||O-negative |
|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)
Daughter- Priyanka Gandhi (Indian Politician)