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Birth Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi


• He was named as Rajiv to pay homage to his maternal grandfather Kamala Nehru. The word 'Kamala' refers to goddess Lakshmi and 'Rajiv' is another term for lotus, which is used to worship the deity • Rajiv Gandhi was a member of the Flying Club, where he received training in civil aviation • Rajiv Gandhi joined Air India in 1970 and worked there till he got into politics in 1980 • Rajiv Gandhi loved computers and gadgets. As a minister, he stressed on the advancement of digitisation within the country • Rajiv Gandhi was elected as the president of the youth wing of the Congress in 1981 • Till date, Rajiv Gandhi is still the youngest Prime Minister the country has ever had. He took the position at the young age of 40 • It was under Rajiv Gandhi’s leadership that the Congress won its largest majority in the Lok Sabha, with a record 411 seats of the 542 • Rajiv Gandhi was nicknamed Mr Clean because of his fight against corruption • In May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi made an unscheduled stop at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, to garland Indira Gandhi's statue. • During the garlanding ceremony Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by LTTE, a separatist organisation from Sri Lanka. • Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India on 20th August every year

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