Last Updated: 07 Aug, 2023 | Views: 167
Other Profession(s): Aircraft Pilot
Famous For: Sixth Prime Minister Of India From 1984 To 1989
Higher Education: Imperial College London (dropped out)
Rajiv Gandhi served as India's sixth prime minister during the period 1984-89. He became India's youngest prime minister when he took office at the age of 40 in 1984, following the passing of his mother, who was the country's first lady at the time. Gandhi belonged to the notable political family of Nehru-Gandhi, which was associated with the Indian National Congress. Jawaharlal Nehru, the father of his mother, was the prime minister for a sizable period of his youth. Gandhi continued his schooling at Cambridge University in the UK. He returned to India in 1966 and began working as a commercial pilot for the state-run Indian Airlines.
In 1970: He worked as a pilot for Indian Airlines and showed no interest in politics, unlike Sanjay.
In 1981: Gandhi attended Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's wedding ceremony on his first political tour of England.
In 1985: During the plenary session of AICC in Mumbai, Rajiv Gandhi announced 'Sandesh Yatra.'
In 1986: Gandhi sent India's navy to Seychelles at the request of the President of Seychelles, France-Albert René, to stop an attempted coup by René's opponents.
In 1990: Bharat Yatra was undertaken by Rajiv Gandhi on various modes of transport - padyatra, a second-class carriage on an ordinary passenger train.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1991: Rajiv Gandhi was honored with the Bharat Ratna.
In 1992: The Indian National Congress Party established the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.
In 2009: Gandhi was honored posthumously for being a Revolutionary Leader of Modern India.
He adored technology and gadgets. He emphasised the development of digitisation in the nation in his capacity as prime minister.
He attended the Flying Club, where he participated in civil aviation instruction. He began working for Air India in 1970 and remained there till 1980, when he entered politics.