Rajiv Gandhi

Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (/ˈrɑːv ˈɡɑːnd/ (audio speaker iconlisten); 20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991)[1] was the seventh Prime Minister of India. He served as prime minister from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 murder of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his mother. He became the youngest Indian prime minister.

Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi in 1987
6th Prime Minister of India
In office
31 October 1984 – 2 December 1989
PresidentZail Singh
R. Venkataraman
Preceded byIndira Gandhi
Succeeded byV. P. Singh
Leader of the Opposition
In office
18 December 1989 – 23 December 1990
Prime MinisterV. P. Singh
Preceded byVacant
Succeeded byL. K. Advani
President of the Indian National Congress
In office
Preceded byIndira Gandhi
Succeeded byP. V. Narasimha Rao
Member of Parliament
for Amethi
In office
17 August 1981 – 21 May 1991
Preceded bySanjay Gandhi
Succeeded bySatish Sharma
Personal details
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi

20 August 1944
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died21 May 1991(1991-05-21) (aged 46)
Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, India
Cause of deathAssassination by suicide bombing
Resting placeVeer Bhumi
Political party Indian National Congress
(m. 1968)
RelationsSee Nehru–Gandhi family
ParentsFeroze Gandhi
Indira Gandhi
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Imperial College London
AwardsBharat Ratna (1991)

Gandhi remained Congress President until the elections in 1991. While campaigning for the elections, he was murdered by a suicide bomber.[2] He was 46 years old.[3]


  1. Essay (21 May 1991). "Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and its aftermath". Knowledge Hub. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  2. Ramesh Vinayak (1 February 1999). "The Nation: Terrorism: The RDX Files". India-today.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  3. Ahluwalia, Meenakshi (1991-01-01). Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi – Shashi Ahluwalia, Meenakshi Ahluwalia. Mittal Publications. ISBN 978-81-7099-315-5. Retrieved 19 January 2013.

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