Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Jawaharlal Nehru the first Prime Minister of independent India was the grand father of Rajiv Gandhi. He did his schooling from elite doon school and later studied at the University of London at the Trinity college and then at Cambridge in Britain where he fell in love with Sonia Maino with whom he got married in 1969.
Rajiv Gandhi became a professional pilot in India. Rajiv Gandhi came into politics after the demise of his brother Sanjay Gandhi who died in a plane crash in 1980. He won his first LokSabha election from his brother’s constituency and later became the general secretary of the congress party. In 1984, Indira Gandhi the Prime Minister and the mother of Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by terrorists.
Rajiv Gandhi after the demise of his mother Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India on a sympathy wave which led congress to a massive victory. It is the greatest victory since Independence by winning 80% of the seats from the lower house. He became immensely popular as a Prime Minister in his start up days. He played a key role in introducing computers to India. Support for science and technology and industries was improved a lot in his tenure. Indian and United States bilateral relations were very much improved.
He also gave permissions to police and army campaigns to eradicate the militancy in Punjab. He also wanted to raise Indian investments in current technology and sought to grant chances to the underprivileged and brilliant students, residing in the innermost parts of India. Rajiv Gandhi promised to end corruption but he and his party themselves mixed up in fraud scandals. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991 in Tamil Nadu by an LTTE human bomb. Then in 1998, Sonia Gandhi, the wife of Rajiv Gandhi became the president of congress.