Thursday, January 13, 2011

A respectful homage ^ floral tribute to Rajiv Gandhi,the seventh Prime Minister of India as flashed on the f.b. on Jan.13,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh

Let s not forget the youngest person who had held office of the seventh Prime Minister of India with credit widely loved and respected! He was man of towering personality who brought 2, 1989. He took office after his mother's assassination on October 31, 1984; he himself was assassinated on May 21, 1991. He became the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office at the age of 40.He continued to remain as the President of All India Congress Par till he was assassinated on May 21, 1991.


( Photo of Rajiv Gandhi,the seventh  Prime Minister of India).


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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Rajiv Gandhi who was born on August 20, 1944 at Mumbai in India entered politics only after the death of his brother, Sanjay Gandhi, in 1980. Rajiv Gandhi had not shown much interest in politics till then. He attended college at Cambridge, ...England; married an Italian, Sonia Gandhi; and worked as a pilot for the Indian Airlines. Rajiv Gandhi was an active amateur radio operator, and used the callsign VU2RG.He was the seventh Prime Minister of India, serving from October 31, 1984 to Decemb2,1989. He took office after his mother's assassination on October 31, 1984; he himself was assassinated on May 21, 1991. He became the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office at the age of forty.Rajiv's mother, Indira Gandhi, was active in India's national politics as she had by then served as the Prime Minister of India. Rajiv Gandhi's brother was an aide to their mother in politics. So when Sanjay Gandhi died, it is said that Indira Gandhi convinced Rajiv Gandhi to enter politics. But Rajiv Gandhi was not new to politics as he was born into a family of politicians. His grandfather, Nehru, was the first Prime Minister of India. His mother, father and brother too were politically very active. Rajiv Gandhi won his first parliamentary elections to the Lok Sabha in 1981. At that time, Indira Gandhi was re-elected as the Prime Minister and Rajiv Gandhi became her unofficial political advisor. But in 1984, Indira Gandhi's bodyguards assassinated her and Rajiv Gandhi took over as the head of the Congress party and was sworn in as the Prime Minister who remained in the high office from October 31, 1984 to December 2,1989His government encouraged foreign investment, and industry boomed with the loosening of business controls. He sought to increase Indian investments in modern technology. He removed many restrictions on imports and encouraged foreign investment. His critics claim that he was indecisive as he changed his cabinet members frequently. He fired his mother's aides and instead appointed his friends and technocrats. In 1987, he committed the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in an endeavor to help the government there eradicate militants agitating for a separate Tamil homeland. Though one of the campaign promises of the Congress party was to eliminate corruption in politics, Rajiv Gandhi's tenure as Prime Minister was marred by allegations of corruption. He was accused of receiving "kick-backs" from a Swedish company manufacturing Bofors machine-guns. In 1988, Rajiv reversed the coup in Maldives antagonising the militant Tamil outfits such as PLOTE. He was also responsible for first intervening and then sending Indian troops (Indian Peace Keeping Force or IPKF) for peace efforts in Sri Lanka in 1987, which soon ended in open conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group. In mid-1987, the Bofors scandal broke his honest, corruption-free image and resulted in a major defeat for his party in the 1989 elections.In elections in November 1989 Gandhi won his seat, but the Congress Party lost its majority and he resigned as prime minister. He and his party's implications in corruption scandals decreased their credibility as a strong party. Rajiv Gandhi remained Congress President until the elections in 1991.He began to campaign again in 1991. It was while he was campaigning in Tamil Nadu in south India that a Tamil sucide bomber took his life on May 21,1991 at Sriperumbudur, near Madras [Chennai They said that it was revenge for intervening in Sri Lanka's in 1991, joining a list of total forty luminaries, including Indira Gandhi till that date.The legacy left by him are being carried out by his wife Sonia Gandhi who is the Congress President and UPA Chairperson besides Member of Parliament and his only son Rahul Gandhi is also M.P. and General Secretary of All India Congress Party besides being a rising star and icon for Indian youth as whole and his daughter Priyanka Gandi Vadra though married but continues to draw huge crowd when she goes for electioneering of her mother and brother.In 1998, twenty six members of a separatist guerrilla group known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were convicted of Gandhi's murder and sentenced to death. Let us join to pay our respectful homage and floral tribute to him!
.Baban Pande:



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