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.
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