May 21 marks a sad day in the history of Indian politics. A day that will never be forgotten. On this day, twenty-nine years back, former prime minister and stalwart Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated during an election campaign in the year 1991.
Rajiv Gandhi and the then Sri Lankan president JR Jayawardene had signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987 which “envisaged devolution of power to the Tamil-majority areas”. The LTTE was to be dissolved and Tamil to be made one of the official languages of Sri Lanka according to the accord.
Rajiv Gandhi was the sixth prime minister of India. He took office in 1984 at the age of 40, to become the youngest prime minister of the country. He is cremated on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi, near the cremation spot of his mother, brother, and grandfather. The ground is known as Veerbhumi.
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944, in Bombay, to former prime minister Indira Gandhi and freedom fighter, politician Feroze Gandhi. He served as the sixth prime minister of the country, from 1984 to 1989, and was also the youngest ever to hold the office.