One of the remarkable leaders of the world, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber on May 21, 1991.
He became India’s youngest PM after his mother Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguard. At the age of 40, Rajiv served as the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989.
On his 29th death anniversary, several leaders and politicians paid their tribute to the former PM.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay his homage. “On his death anniversary, tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi,” the tweet read.
On his death anniversary, tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 21, 2020
Rajiv Gandhi’s son Rahul Gandhi wrote a heartfelt note for his late father. Calling him a “true patriot, liberal and philanthropic”, Rahul wrote, “As Prime Minister, Rajiv ji has put the country on the path of progress. With his forward-looking empowerment he has taken necessary steps. Today I am on his death anniversary I salute them with affection and gratitude”.
एक सच्चे देशभक्त,उदार और परोपकारी पिता के पुत्र होने पर मुझे गर्व है।प्रधानमंत्री के रूप में राजीव जी ने देश को प्रगति के पथ पर अग्रसर किया।अपनी दूरंदेशी से देश के सशक्तीकरण के लिए उन्होंने ज़रूरी कदम उठाए।आज उनकी पुण्यतिथि पर मैं स्नेह और कृतज्ञता से उन्हें सादर नमन करता हूँ। pic.twitter.com/aDdKMf74wK— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 21, 2020
Siddaramaiah, former Karnataka Chief Minister, wrote, “Sincere tributes to former Prime Minister Shri. Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary. His vision to improve technological capabilities of our country has enabled our country to tackle global issues better than developed countries”.
Sincere tributes to former Prime Minister Shri. Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary.His vision to improve technological capabilities of our country has enabled our country to tackle global issues better than developed countries.@INCIndia @INCKarnataka pic.twitter.com/i6XpUnNX5A— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 21, 2020
The official twitter handle on Indian National Congress shared a short video on Rajiv Gandhi’s vision.
Rajiv Gandhi - the man who felt the pulse of a young India & steered us towards a brighter future. The man who understood the needs of the young & old and was loved by one and all.#ThankYouRajivGandhi pic.twitter.com/j7iHESWEOf— Congress (@INCIndia) May 21, 2020
Rajiv Gandhi dedicated his life towards empowering women & advocating for a more equal society. Understanding the importance of women representation in India’s power structure he introduced the idea of 33% reservation for women in panchayats & Nagar Palikas.#ThankYouRajivGandhi pic.twitter.com/0OTkIeZvvz— Congress (@INCIndia) May 21, 2020
Several other leaders have also paid tributes to the former PM.
My humble tributes to former PM, Bharat Ratna Shri #RajivGandhi ji on his martyrdom day. He was a visionary leader, whose progressive, modern and scientific outlook lead the nation to new heights. His contribution to nation-building and his sacrifices can never be forgotten.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 21, 2020