Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated nineteen years ago on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Lives of fourteen others were lost in the suicide bombing targeted at the Indian PM by the Sri Lankan rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The Indian leader had invited the wrath of the LTTE, which fights for the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamils, for getting involved in the Sri Lankan Civil War by sending out Indian Peace Keeping Force.
Rajiv Gandhi was born into the famous Gandhi-Nehru political family on Aug 20, 1944. He was the eldest son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi. Besides his mother, Rajiv Gandhi's grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru also served as the Prime Minister of India.
Rajiv Gandhi, who took charge as the Prime Minister of the country at 40, made history by becoming the youngest person to hold the position.
Rajiv Gandhi continues to be hailed for not only mordernising India and its administration, but also for making way for the entry of information technology in the country.
In fact, his foresightedness and his efforts to bring computers into India has been seen as his biggest contribution to the country as it set the foundation for the role India is playing in the world today through the field of IT.