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Rajiv Gandhi Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : August 20, 2020

Short Biography

Rajiv Gandhi was born on 20th August 1944 in Mumbai, India. Rajiv Gandhi is the son of former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi and Feroze Gandhi. He served as Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989 and in the process also became the youngest Prime Minister of India at the age of 40.

Other Name: Rajiv Ratna Gandhi
Other Professions: Politician

Rajiv Gandhi Complete Bio & Career

Since childhood, Rajiv was humble and attractive. His serenity of being silent added graceful grandeur to his character. He was a qualified pilot of Indian Airlines, Rajiv had kept himself distant from the controversial footpath of politics. His warm personality was somewhat incompatible with Indian Politics.
But this cool and comely man was instructed to join politics in 1981 by his mother after the untimely passing away of his only brother, Sanjay Gandhi, in an air-crash. Rajiv began his political career after getting elected to the Loksabha from Amethi in 1981 in a by-election. Following year he became the main think tank of Congress Party. That was how Rajiv Gandhi Rajiv Gandhi rose to prominence in Indian Politics.
Rajiv’s mother, India’s then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was shot dead at her residence by her own Chaperone. Mother’s onus fell on him and he created history in this country by replacing his mother as the Prime Minister of India at the age of 40. As Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi introduced policies and reforms that broadened the then existing economic model which was based on Soviet Union‘s ‘Protectionist government’ policies. He introduced reforms that reduced taxes on the technological industry, and reformed import policies related to telecommunications, defence and commercial airlines. His policies were aimed at modernising industries, in a bid to attract higher foreign investments in the economy. However, he was also named in Bofors scam and that led to his party's downfall in the 1989 general election.

Rajiv Gandhi Popular Videos

Honours & Awards

Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 1991 Social Work

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Rajiv Gandhi died on 21-05-1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, India. He died due to the assassination when he was campaigning for Lok Sabha Congress candidate.

DEATHDAY 21 May,1991 (Tuesday)
DEATH PLACE Sriperumpudur, Tamil Nadu

Rajiv Gandhi Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Feroze Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. He was the grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru. He was married to Sonia Gandhi and together the couple had a son named Rahul and a daughter named Priyanka

Life's Important Dates Of Rajiv Gandhi

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black (Half Bald)

Personal Info

Home Town New Delhi
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address New Delhi, India
School Welham Boys' School, Dehradun
Doon School, Dehradun
College Trinity College, Cambridge
Imperial College, London
Qualification Undergraduate
Hobbies Photography
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Player Pele
Favorite Sport Football
Favorite Politician Indira Gandhi
Favorite Place London

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Rajiv Gandhi

  • He left his engineering studies in between.
  • He announced a "national education policy" to modernize and expand higher education programs across India while he was Prime Minister.
  • The Bofors Scandal was a major black mark on the political image of Rajiv Gandhi.
  • He introduced the age of voting rights as 18 and also included Panchayati Raj.
  • Rajiv Gandhi was nicknamed Mr. Clean because of his fight against corruption.

Rajiv Gandhi Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Rajiv Gandhi was 46 years 9 months & 1 day old age.