Senior Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former President Pranab Mukherjee also joined the Gandhi family at Vir Bhoomi. Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar was also present.
Remembering RajivGandhi: the man who brought India into the 21st century even if he didn't get there himself. pic.twitter.com/9nDMOwc6WZ— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 20, 2017
Administered pledge to officials & employees of Home Ministry on the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi observed as Sadbhavna Divas. pic.twitter.com/zMGITR6DlT— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 20, 2017
My tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi ji on his birth anniversary.— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) August 20, 2017
Rajiv Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944, in Mumbai, which was called Bombay at the time. It is well known that initially politics did not interest him, and his passion was flying. He entered politics in 1981 after the death of his brother Sanjay Gandhi. After the assassination of his mother and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, he became the Prime Minister at the age of 40, winning what is said to be the biggest mandate in the nation's history.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber in Sri Perumbudur near Madras in 1991.