On the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi’s 32nd death anniversary, we remember him as a man of integrity and touching kindness, despite his public role as a leader.
Tragically, on May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a shocking bomb explosion in Sriperumbudur while attending an election meeting. His death deeply saddened and shocked the nation. Although he had a background as a trained pilot, Gandhi had always lived with the constant threat of violence since entering politics. Nonetheless, he carried out his responsibilities with youthful enthusiasm and courage until his last breath. India had placed great hopes in his youthful and charismatic leadership.
Gandhi played a significant role in successfully organizing the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982. He assumed the role of Prime Minister at the age of 40, immediately following the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi, in 1984. Despite his personal grief, he shouldered the challenging responsibilities of political office.
In response to neighboring countries’ calls for assistance, Gandhi played a crucial role in signing the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in 1987, aiming to bring peace to the troubled island and support the Tamil population. He also provided emergency aid to the Maldives to maintain peace and tranquility in the region. Gandhi strongly believed in and actively promoted regional cooperation through the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and played a significant role in defusing tensions between member countries. His visit to Beijing in December 1988 marked a turning point in India’s relations with China, which was acknowledged by both the Chinese people and the world.
Gandhi’s initiative on disarmament through the Six-Nation and Five-continent initiative is noteworthy in addressing one of the world’s most significant challenges. He also fostered mature relations with the United States, leaving a lasting impact on the bilateral relationship. His commitment to India’s friendship with the Soviet Union was emphasized through the historic Delhi Declaration of November 1986, demonstrating a dedication to building a non-violent world. Gandhi effectively represented India’s voice with respect at international forums such as the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and the Commonwealth.
During his short tenure as Prime Minister, Gandhi made an unparalleled contribution. This was evident from the presence of world leaders from 63 countries at his funeral. As we protect and uphold our democratic system, it is important to remember that Gandhi became the third martyr for peace, following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, and Indira Gandhi, Rajiv’s mother.
In addition to the foreign accords and relations that Late Rajiv Gandhi built during his lifetime there have been multiple revolutionary policies that were formed during his tenure as the Prime Minister some of them are as follows:
1. Constitutional validity of Panchayiti Raj.
2. Introduction of 52nd amendment, ‘The Anti Defection Law’.
3. Pioneering the telecom and IT industry revolution in India, Rajiv Gandhi famously said India missed the industrial revolution but it cannot miss the Information Technology revolution.
4. Rajiv Gandhi was the first one to start the National Youth Day celebrations on Swami Vivekanand Jayanti.
5. Introducing the New Education Policy in the year 1986.
This is Panchayiti tribute to the Former PM Late Rajiv Gandhi