All over India, May 21st is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day in the memory of former Indian PM Mr Rajiv Gandhi who passed away on this day. On this day in the year 1991, former India’s PM Rajiv Gandhi was killed brutally by terrorist attacks. Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, while conducting an election campaign in Sriperumbudur (located near Chennai) in Tamil Nadu was assassinated by a suicide bomber on 21 May 1991. He was 46 years of age. Along with him, the bombing also took the lives of 18 other citizens and seriously injured 43. This tragedy was blamed on the members of the Sri Lankan militant organisation, LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam).
Brief about Rajiv Gandhi
Born on 20 August 1944, Rajiv Gandhi hailed from a hard-core political family. Both, his grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, and mother Indira Gandhi held the Prime Minister’s office for several terms. Veer Bhumi is the samadhi of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated on May 21st, 1991 in Sriperumbadur, Tamil Nadu.
Important Takeaways from above News for SBI PO Mains Exam-
- Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989.
- He took office after the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his mother, to become the youngest Indian premier.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)