Rajiv Gandhi, India's youngest Prime Minister and a charismatic politicians who took major steps to help India's IT revolution, took charge of the office in 1984 after his mother, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards. Rajiv Gandhi was also the president of the Congress party following Indira Gandhi's assassination.
Today marks Rajiv Gandhi's 77th birth anniversary which is marked as Sadbhavana Diwas to emphasize promotion of national integration and peace among various communities in the country. In May, 1991, while campaigning for the general elections during a rally in Tamil Nadu, he was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at his memorial in New Delhi this morning. Sharing a famous quote by his father, Rahul Gandhi wrote on Facebook, '"A secular India alone is an India that can survive'. Remembering Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji on his birth anniversary."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his 77th birth anniversary.
Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji on his birth anniversary.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 20, 2021
The Congress party praised Rajiv Gandhi's immense contributions to the nation and called him the "architect of 21st Century India."
India's youngest Prime Minister.— Congress (@INCIndia) August 20, 2021
The architect of 21st Century India.
The visionary, the pioneer, the patriot.
Today we pay homage to Bharat Ratna, Rajiv Gandhi and celebrate his immense contributions to the nation. #RememberingRajivGandhipic.twitter.com/eG2Z93upDN
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu remembered Rajiv Gandhi's efforts to promote and make India an IT, telecom and education hub.
My tributes to former Prime Minister, Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji on his birth anniversary today. His valuable contributions to the IT, telecom and education sector will always be remembered.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) August 20, 2021
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that Rajiv Gandhi laid the foundation of information technology in the country and strengthened the Panchayati Raj System. "Let's pay tribute to the 21st-century visionary and his far-reaching ideas," he added.
पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री भारत रत्न स्व. श्री राजीव गांधी जी को जन्मदिवस पर शत्-शत् नमन। उन्होंने देश में संचार क्रांति की नींव रखी, देश का पंचायती राज तंत्र भी उनकी व्यापक सोच से ही मजबूत हुआ है। आईये, इस सद्भावना दिवस पर 21वीं सदी के स्वप्नदृष्टा राजीव जी की दूरगामी सोच को नमन करें। pic.twitter.com/PxtnddPMHp— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 20, 2021
Congress leader Milind Deora shared a throwback image from his childhood days featuring Rajiv Gandhi. Milind Deora said the image was from 1982.
Remembering one of modern India's architects & the country's youngest Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi ji on his birth anniversary.— Milind Deora | मिलिंद देवरा ☮️ (@milinddeora) August 20, 2021
This ???? is from our Mumbai home — back in 1982.#RememberingRajivGandhipic.twitter.com/FZgfCr48Ir
Congress leader Praful Patel also paid his tribute to the youngest Prime Minister of India. He wrote, “Remembering the youngest Prime Minister of India, Bharat Ratna Shri Rajiv Gandhi ji on his birth anniversary. He was the architect of digital India in the true sense. He paved the path of information technology and telecom revolution in India.”
Remembering the youngest Prime Minister of India, Bharat Ratna Shri #RajivGandhi ji on his birth anniversary. He was the architect of digital India in the true sense. He paved the path of information technology and telecom revolution in India.#SadbhavnaDiwas#birthanniversarypic.twitter.com/gKF18cfL5V— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) August 20, 2021
Take a look at some of the other tweets:
कारखानों, बांधों और सड़कों को विकास नहीं कहते। विकास तो लोगों के बारे में है। इसका लक्ष्य लोगों के लिए सांस्कृतिक और आध्यात्मिक पूर्ति करना है। विकास में मानवीय मूल्यों को प्रथम वरीयता दी जाती है।— Rajasthan Youth Congress (@Rajasthan_PYC) August 20, 2021
- स्व० राजीव गांधी#RememberingRajivGandhipic.twitter.com/p8DG5qHid3
Pay my humble tributes to former PM Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi ji on his birth anniversary. A visionary leader, his modern and scientific outlook led India to new heights. He is credited with heralding the telecom revolution in India. pic.twitter.com/pUDOwzQk1f— Preneet Kaur (@preneet_kaur) August 20, 2021
Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji was responsible almost single-handedly for changing the structure of our polity by the Constitutional empowerment of panchayats and nagarpalikas.#RememberingRajivGandhipic.twitter.com/5R7vE5Duxl— Goa Youth Congress (@IYCGoa) August 20, 2021
My tribute to Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister, the visionary who shaped India's destiny for 21st century on his 77th birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/AQR3KkTM5J— Abdul Khaleque (@MPAbdulKhaleque) August 20, 2021
August 20 is also celebrated as Sadbhavana Diwas or Harmony Day – to promote national integration and peace among communities.