Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on father Rajiv Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary remembered him as a patriot and visionary whose far-sighted policies helped build India.

Calling him a doting father, Rahul said he always taught him to never hate, forgive and to love all beings. He took over as Prime Minister following the assassination of his mother and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. At the age of 40, Rajiv became country’s youngest Prime Minister but managed to serve only one term as he too was killed like his mother.

In 1991, Rajiv died at the hands of LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) suicide bomber during an election campaign in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur.

On Monday, Rahul had announced that entire week will be dedicated to late Rajiv Gandhi with memorial events across India to higlight his incredible achievements, especially the Information Technology revolution. Others who offered their respects to the former Indian Prime Minister i included PM Modi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh. 

Prior to joining politics Rajiv was a pilot and worked with Air India till 1970. He was least interested in joining politics until 1980 when his brother Sanjay Gandhi passed away. He was sworn-in as the Prime Minister the day his mother Indira Gandhi (then PM) passed away.

Rajiv met Antonia Maino in UK where she was working as a waitress, following which the two married and she became Sonia Gandhi. The Congress won its biggest majority under Rajiv’s leadership when the party recorded 411 of the 542 seats in the lower house. Following his death in 1991, he was posthumously conferred Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award by the government.

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