Sudden demise of Rajiv Gandhi’s mother Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated by her own bodyguard on 31 October, 1984 pressurised this cool gentleman to enter politics. In 1984, the Congress contested the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress got 404 out of 533 seats, which was considered the biggest victory in the history. Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest Prime Minister of India at the age of 40.

A man with vision, an urge was there to uplift the nation towards betterment and this lead to announce National Policy on Education in 1986 to modernise and expand higher education programs. Further, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System in 1986 for the upliftment of the rural section of the society providing them free residential education from 6th till 12 class. His effort led to establishment of MTNL in 1986 and also created public call offices (PCOs) for spreading telephones in rural areas.

The age of voting rights as 18 and also Panchayati Raj by him. He strongly encouraged youth power and said that the development of the country depends only on the awareness of the youth of the country. That’s why Jawahar Rozgar Yojana was started to give jobs to the youth. The most vital was his vision of introducing Information Technology to India. Was then strongly criticised because people could not visualise unlike him, that computers will be boon in future.

Had he been there, the scene of Indian politics would have been much different but destiny had its plan and he visited Tamil Nadu to campaign for National elections in the state, as the President of Congress Party where he was assassinated by a human bomb in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.


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