Remembering Rajiv Gandhi: 33 Years On, His Legacy Continues

Today marks the 33rd death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the nation’s youngest Prime Minister, who led the country with a vision for modernity and technological advancement. Assassinated on May 21, 1991, his life and legacy continue to be a subject of discussion and debate, even decades later.

PM Modi pays tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary

PM Modi pays tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a post on Twitter, where he wrote, “On his death anniversary, my tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji” to pay tribute to the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi on his 33rd death anniversary.

The Life of Rajiv Gandhi

  • Birth and Early Years:
    • Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944, into the illustrious Nehru-Gandhi family.
    • His mother, Indira Gandhi, served as Prime Minister, and his grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was India’s first Prime Minister.
  • Political Journey:
    • Rajiv entered politics after the tragic assassination of his younger brother, Sanjay Gandhi, in 1980.
    • In 1984, following his mother’s assassination, Rajiv became the youngest Prime Minister of India at the age of 40.
  • Modernization and Technology:
    • Rajiv Gandhi emphasized modernization, technology, and youth empowerment.
    • His tenure witnessed significant strides in telecommunications and computerization.

Key Contributions

During his tenure, Rajiv Gandhi spearheaded several significant initiatives, including:

  • Economic Liberalization: He ushered in economic reforms, paving the way for a more market-oriented economy.
  • Technological Advancement: His government focused on technology, leading to the introduction of computers and satellite communication.
  • Panchayati Raj System: He strengthened local governance through the implementation of the Panchayati Raj system, empowering rural communities.
  • Anti-Terrorism Measures: He took a firm stance against terrorism, particularly after the 1984 Air India bombing.

The Tragic Assassination

On May 21, 1991, during an election campaign rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out the attack, causing widespread shock and grief.


The 33rd death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by leaders who have shaped India’s destiny. It is an occasion to pay homage to his visionary leadership & also to renew our commitment to the path of progress & innovation he envisioned for the nation. Let us remember Rajiv Gandhi’s enduring legacy and strive to build an India that lives up to his dreams and aspirations.

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