Rajiv Gandhi Birth Anniversary: “Incredibly proud to have him as my father,” writes Rahul Gandhi in an emotional tribute

"Rajiv Gandhi was a man with a tremendous vision, far ahead of his times," Rahul Gandhi tweeted

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday paid an emotional tribute to his father and former Prime Minister of India. Today marks the 76th birth anniversary of India’s youngest Prime Minister. “Incredibly proud to have Rajiv Gandhi as my father,” he wrote in an emotional tweet.

“Rajiv Gandhi was a man with a tremendous vision, far ahead of his times. But above all else, he was a compassionate and loving human being,” the former party president tweeted.

The tweet further read, “I am incredibly lucky and proud to have him as my father. We miss him today and everyday.”

Take a look at his tweet here:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute  on the late PM’s 76th birth anniversary.  “On his birth anniversary, tributes to former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji,” PM Modi tweeted.

Rajiv Gandhi became India’s youngest Prime Minister to take charge following the gruesome assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was only 40 when he became the Prime Minister of India.

He was known for his advanced vision of bringing India together while keeping it at par with the world. The former Prime Minister was also a champion of women rights. Some of his famous quotes on democracy still remain memorable.

“The democratic way of nation building required patience, perseverance and a spirit of conciliation.”

-Rajiv Gandhi

Born on August 20 in 1944, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991. His death anniversary is also observed as “Anti-terrorism Day.”

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