A Nehru-Gandhi scion, Rajiv Gandhi was one of the most popular politicians of India, who went on to become the Prime Minister of the country. Interestingly, this political stalwart wasn’t even interested in joining politics, leave alone becoming the leader of nation. Trained as a commercial pilot, he was happy in his life which was extremely private sans all public attention, until a tragic accident changed the course of his life and his family. His brother, Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash leaving behind a void that could be filled by none other than Rajiv Gandhi. To fill in the void, he stepped into his brother’s shoes quite reluctantly but within a short span of time became a frontrunner in Indian politics. Today, the era under his prime ministership is regarded as one of the most progressive times. He laid the foundation of information technology revolution whose rewards we are reaping today.
In 1991 he was awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously, India’s highest civilian award.