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Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi


Born to a prolific family surrounded by eminent personalities and shrouded in incredible political legacy, Rajiv Gandhi was destined to lead the country. He served as the 6th Prime Minister of India after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984. With his grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru leading the country for much of his childhood he had the front row seats to witness the administrative knits and grits of the country. However, he pushed against the familial political shackles and advanced on an unconventional route disparate from his family. He became a pilot in 1966 for Indian airlines and married an Italian, Sonia Gandhi. The sudden demise of Indira Gandi and the death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi left him the sole heir to the throne Capitulating him into the national stage as the Prime Minister of India. His tenure as Prime Minister was a turbulent affair mired in one scandal after another. His intervention and reversal of Maldives Coup and consequent dispatching of troops to Srilanka enraged the LTTE. The series of precarious decision stacked the cards against him and laid claim to his life in 1991.

Personal Life

Full Name Rajiv Gandhi
Date of Birth 20 Aug 1944
Date of Death 02 Dec 1989 (Age 45)
Place of Birth Bombay (Maharashtra)
Party name Indian National Congress
Profession Pilot
Father's Name Late Shri Feroze Gandhi
Mother's Name Indira Gandhi
Spouse's Name Sonia Gandhi
Spouse's Profession Politician
No of Sons 1
No of Daughters 1


Permanent address 10, Janpath, New Delhi-110001.
Present address 10, Janpath, New Delhi-110001.
Contact number NA
Email NA

Interesting Facts

At age 40, he was the youngest Prime Minister to be elected in India. He was named after his maternal Grandmother Kamala Nehru (Kamala also translates to Rajiv—Lotus). He had an affinity for Photography.

Political Timeline

  • 1989
    Also held charge of the Ministry of Water Resources.
  • 1989
    Elected to Lok Sabha (Ninth) for the third time from Amethi. Also held charge of the Ministry of Communications.
  • 1989
    Elected to Lok Sabha (Ninth) for the third time from Amethi and sunsequently elected the leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha (Ninth).
  • 1987
    Also held charge of the Ministry of Programme Implementation.
  • 1987
    Also Minister of External Affairs.
  • 1986
    Also held charge of the Ministry of Finance.
  • 1985
    Held charge of the Ministry of Transport.
  • 1984
    Re-elected to Lok Sabha from Amethi where he defeated Maneka Gandhi.
  • 1984
    Appointed Prime Minister and all other Ministries/Departments not allocated to any other Minister.
  • 1984
    Held the portfolios of Commerce and Supply, External Affairs, Industry, and Company Affairs, Science and Technology, Atomic Energy, Space, Electronics, Ocean Development, Personnel, and Administrative Reforms, Youth Affairs and Sports, Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation.
  • 1984
    Also held charge of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.Also held charge of the Ministry of Defence.
  • 1980
    Elected to Lok Sabha from Amethi in By-polls.

Early Life

  • 1970
    Served as Pilot in Indian Airlines 1970-1989
Net WorthN/A

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