Bishwa Nath Singh
India had witnessed the youngest Prime Minister who had held the office of the Sixth Prime Minister of India from October 31, 1984 to December 2,1989 and had distinction to be dreamer and responsible for many profound developments in our country who was posthumously awarded the Highest National Award of India, Bharat Ratna in 1991.Can one guess who he was? He was none else than Rajiv Gandhi Let us have glimpse on the legacy of Rajiv Gandhi!
(Photo of Rajiv Gandhi,former Prime Minister of India)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Profiling the legacy of Rajiv Gandhi and the era associated with him is not difficult to asses, since he was always in the public eye from the time of his birth. Rajiv Ratna Gandhi popularly named as Rajiv Gandhi was the eldest son of Ind...ira and Feroze Gandhi who was born at Bombay in India on August 20,1944.He was educated at Cambridge, where he had met Italian-born Sonia Maino, whom he later married. After Cambridge, he became a professional pilot for Indian Airlines who was an active amateur radio operator, and used the callsign VU2RG He had remained aloof from politics despite his family's political prominence. Her mother had distinction to be the most powerful Prime Minister of our country. It was only following the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi on June 23, 1980 that he entered politics. Following the assassination of his mother in 1984 after Operation Blue Star, Indian National Congress party leaders nominated him to be Prime Minister.He had honor to serve as the Sixth Prime Minister of India from October 31, 1984 to December 2,1989. Rajiv Gandhi led the Congress to a major election victory in 1984 soon after, amassing the largest majority ever in Indian Parliament. The Congress party won 411 seats out of 542. He began dismantling the License Raj - government quotas, tariffs and permit regulations on economic activity - modernized the telecommunications industry, the education system, expanded science and technology initiatives and improved relations with the United States. He had reversed the coup in Maldives in the year 1988 antagonizing the militant Tamil outfits such as PLOTE. He was also responsible for first intervening and then sending Indian Peace Keeping Force for peace efforts in Sri Lanka in 1987, which soon ended in open conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam 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. He remained Congress President until the elections in 1991. While campaigning, he was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam group on May 21, 1991 at the age of forty six at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu of India His spouse Sonia Gandhi became the leader of the Congress party in 1998,and led the party to victory in the 2004 elections. His son Rahul Gandhi is a Member of Parliament and the General Secretary of All India Congress Committee. A reluctant debutant to the political arena in circumstances which are etched in public memory, Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure as Prime Minister of the Republic of Indian forever changed the political scene of the country. Many profound developments are associated with his thinking and enunciation. Science and technology, Communications, Infrastructural Development, Space Research, are all areas of growth in today’s India. Getting them off the drawing boards has been attributed to Rajiv Gandhi. Also attributable to him was his vision and thrust in areas of conflict resolution within the country. The Rajiv-Longowal Accord, the Assam Accord, the peace initiatives in the north East and the soul stirring decision of cleaning the river Ganges are only some major areas of interest. There is therefore a need to examine the many facets of this young Prime Minister, who inspired hope and promise amongst millions of his countrymen when he came to power. Yet, at the end of his rule, the Nation witnessed a dramatic change in the common man’s appreciation of Rajiv Gandhi. Bofors was only one of the many factors which dragged him down. There were many other stumbles along the way. The rise and fall of Rajiv Gandhi is an interesting historical perspective. New Approach decided to flesh out the man in the words of people who know him, followed his politics, examined his every move and had the feel and analytical mind of highlighting his strong points and at the same time showing up the warts. The legacy of Rajiv Gandi has been put forward by some of the most brilliant minds of the country. Someone once said, “If it was not for dreamers, the world would not be what it is today Many scholars ,historians & leaders thought that Rajiv Gandhi was a dreamer. He was destiny’s child. He was modern in outlook, yet passionately in love with this country’s culture and civilization like his maternal grandfather, Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru ,the first Prime Minister of India. He had matured as a politician and was on the rebound. Tragically, life dealt him a cruel blow. The whole nation grieved. The nation however watches and wonders whether his widow will be able to take forward Rajiv’s Legacy. He was often called a very pious youthful leader but prince, due to his look and posture who, forever changed the political spectrum for young generations of our country. He was posthumously awarded the Highest National Award of India, Bharat Ratna in 1991.Let us join to pay our respectful homage and floral tribute to him who was Prince among men!
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Anil Kumar ;
I salute Rajiv Gandhi for his tenure as Prime minister of India & especially as a good son of India. My floral tribute.