During Congress rule terrorism was countered effectively and firmly, whereas during BJP regime terrorists were treated like guests and released in their own countryGandhi: BJP was soft on terrorism May 04, 2009
The threats from across the borders with China and Pakistan had been the main focus of the armed forces ... so far. But with the LTTE carrying out a series of air attacks in the last nine months, it has become imperative to be prepared for the threat emanating to the country's security from its vast southern coastline and sea-borne intrusionsAnalysis: India to counter Tamil rebels Jan 02, 2008
We call upon the government of India and people of India to be magnanimous, to put the past behind themTamil Tigers apology for killing India PM Jun 28, 2006
I must abide by my decision and I appeal to you to understand my decisionGandhi turns down Prime Minister's job May 18, 2004
My husband always said that one day his innocence would be proved. I hope the people who caused him so much pain will now rethink the falsehoods they spread about himLate former PM Rajiv Gandhi cleared Feb 04, 2004
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.