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India's Congress Party to honor Gandhis

NEW DELHI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- India's Congress Party will honor the late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Sonia Saturday at the party's first meeting since its election win.

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Gandhi to pursue peace with Pakistan

NEW DELHI, May 30 (UPI) -- The leader of India's ruling Congress Party will visit Pakistan to pursue bilateral peace talks, the Indian foreign minister said Sunday.

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India's Gandhi to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 25 (UPI) -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf telephoned Indian political leader Sonia Gandhi Tuesday and invited her to visit Islamabad for peace talks.

Bottom Line: Gandhi's unpower-grab

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Gandhi turns down Prime Minister's job

NEW DELHI, May 18 (UPI) -- Political uncertainty engulfed India Tuesday after Italian-born Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi declined to become the new Prime Minister.

Gandhi shows reluctance to be new PM

NEW DELHI, May 18 (UPI) -- India plunged into a political uncertainty after Italian-born Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi declined to become the new Prime Minister.
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Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (i/rɑːjɪv ˈrətnə ˈɡɑːndi/; Hindi: राजीव गांधी; 20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was the 6th Prime Minister of India (1984–1989). He took office after his mother's assassination on 31 October 1984; he himself was assassinated on 21 May 1991. He became the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office at the age of 40.

Rajiv Gandhi was the elder son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi. He was educated at Cambridge, where he met Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, whom he later married. After Cambridge, he became a professional pilot for Indian Airlines. He remained aloof from politics despite his family's political prominence. It was only following the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in 1980 that Rajiv entered politics. Following the assassination of his mother in 1984 after Operation Blue Star, Indian National Congress party leaders nominated him to be Prime Minister.

Rajiv Gandhi led the Congress to a major election victory in 1984 soon after, amassing the largest majority ever in Indian Parliament. The Congress party won 411 seats out of 542. He began dismantling the License Raj - government quotas, tariffs and permit regulations on economic activity - modernized the telecommunications industry, the education system, expanded science and technology initiatives and improved relations with the United States.

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