7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Rajiv Gandhi..!!

Rajiv Gandhi or Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was born on 20th August 1944 in Bombay. He was born to Feroz Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. He was the 7th Prime Minister of India serving from 1984 to 1989. He studied in Trinity College, Cambridge Imperial College London. On the day Indira Gandhi was assassinated Rajiv Gandhi was announced as the Next Prime Minister even with the likes of Experienced Pranab Mukherjee and PV Narasimha Rao. After his brother Sanjay Gandhi’s Death in Aeroplane Crash he Entered the Politics.


On his 71st Birth Anniversary we present you 11 known Facts about Rajiv Gandhi

1. Rajiv Gandhi was named after his Maternal Grandmother Kamala Nehru.

Kamala Refers to Godess Lakshmi and Rajiv means Lotus


2. At the Age of 40, Rajiv Gandhi became the Youngest Prime Minister of India


3. Rajiv Gandhi met and dated Antonia Maino ( changed to Sonia Gandhi later) an Italian waitress during his college in UK



4. After his college Rajiv Gandhi returned to India in 1966 and Become Professional Pilot For Indian Airlines



5. In 1982 Rajiv Gandhi was made a General Secretary of Congress and handed over the Major Responsibility of Asian Games which helped him in grooming as a Politician.



6.Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a Public Meeting held on 21 May 1991 in Sriperumbudur in Chennai


7. Rajiv Gandhi was posthumously Awarded with Country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1991, by the Indian government.

Photo by: M. Shankar		06/07/1991		CN 31781 The President, Shri R.Venkataraman conferred the BHARAT RATNA AWARD Posthumously on the former Prime Minister, late Shri Rajiv Gandhi at a Special Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on July 6, 1991. Photo shows, Smt.Sonia Gandhi, wife of late Shri Rajiv Gandhi receiving the award from Shri R.Venkataraman.

Sonia Gandhi Receiving Bharat Ratna on behalf of her Late Husband Rajiv Gandhi.