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Gandhi, Rajiv

(räj`ĭv gän`dē, räjēv`), 1944–91, prime minister of India (1984–89). Oldest son of Indira GandhiGandhi, Indira
, 1917–84, Indian political leader; daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as an aide to her father, who was prime minister (1947–64), and as minister of information in the government of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (1964–66).
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, he flew for Indian Airlines until his brother died in 1981 and he was drafted into politics by his mother. He was elected to parliament and when his mother, Indira GandhiGandhi, Indira
, 1917–84, Indian political leader; daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as an aide to her father, who was prime minister (1947–64), and as minister of information in the government of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri (1964–66).
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, was assassinated in 1984 he succeeded her as prime minister, leading the Congress party (see Indian National CongressIndian National Congress,
Indian political party, founded in 1885. Its founding members proposed economic reforms and wanted a larger role in the making of British policy for India.
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) to a sweeping election victory. His government encouraged foreign investment, and industry boomed with the loosening of business controls. In 1987 he sent Indian peacekeeping forces to Sri LankaSri Lanka
[Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2015 est. pop. 20,714,000), 25,332 sq mi (65,610 sq km), in the Indian Ocean, just SE of India.
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 in an unsuccessful attempt to mediate an end to Tamil-Sinhalese violence there. Allegations of corruption and arrogance diminished Gandhi's popularity, and in 1989 he resigned as prime minister when the Congress party lost its parliamentary majority. He was assassinated by Tamil separatists in 1991. In 1999, Gandhi was posthumously charged with participating in a kickback scheme in a 1989 arms deal, but the charges against him were quashed in 2004. He was married to Sonia GandhiGandhi, Sonia
, 1946–, Indian politician, b. Turin, Italy, as Sonia Maino. She met Rajiv Gandhi in 1965 when they were students in Cambridge, England. They were married in 1968 and settled in his family home in India.
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; Rahul GandhiGandhi, Rahul
, 1944–91, Indian political leader, B.A. Rollins College, 1994, M.Phil. Cambridge, 1995. Son of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, he entered politics in 2004, winning election to the Indian parliament from the constituency his assassinated father had represented.
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 is their son.
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Other Indians who have graced the cover of the magazine include Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza and Manmohan Singh.
MukherjeeaACAOs political career spanned about five decades, during which he held various key posts in the Congress governments led by Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
Ask me about Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi, and I will talk.
MukherjeeaACAOs political career spanned about five decades, during which he held various key posts in the Congress as well as in the governments led by Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
Ranbir Kapoor's character, Samar, has no direct similarities with Rahul Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi or Sanjay Gandhi, as suggested before the film's release.
The 83-year-oldaACAOs political career spanned about five decades, during which he held various key posts in the Congress as well as in the governments of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
The Congress president paid glowing tributes to Pandit Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, but made no reference to Rao.
The Doon School alumnus was close to Sanjay Gandhi and was a faithful of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao and now, close to party president Rahul Gandhi, a Doon School alumnus himself.
"There have been consistent attacks on the character of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi.
Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives for the country.
Then Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi said they will remove poverty.
Before him, Indian prime ministers who came here were Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.