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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Remembering great visionary Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi on his martyrdom day 21st May.

Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi was the grandson of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
After the assassination of Indira Gandhi his mother in 1984 it came upon him to lead the country. He was the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office at the age of 40.
Economic policy: He increased government support for science and technology and associated industries, and reduced import quotas, taxes and tariffs on technology-based industries, especially computers, airlines, defence and telecommunications. He introduced measures significantly reducing the Licence Raj, allowing businesses and individuals to purchase capital, consumer goods and import without bureaucratic restrictions. In 1986, he announced a National Policy of Education to modernize and expand higher education programs across India. He founded the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System in 1986 which is a Central government based institution that concentrates on the upliftment of the rural section of the society providing them free residential education from 6th till 12 grade. His efforts created MTNL in 1986, and his public call offices, better known as PCOs, helped spread telephones in rural areas.
Foreign Policy: Rajiv Gandhi adopted pragmatic foreign policy. While still sticking for settled foreign policy he began looking in a direction significantly different from his mother's socialism. He improved bilateral relations with the United States — long strained owing to Indira's socialism and close friendship with the USSR— and expanded economic and scientific cooperation.
It was most unfortunate that while campaigning at a public meeting Lok Sabha Congress candidate at Sriperumbudur on 21 May 1991 a village 30miles from Chennai he was assassinated. The assassination was carried out by the LTTE. India lost a promising and prominent public figure. Gloom over took the country. It looked as if the country was disintegrating. However, the wisdom and good sense did not let the situation deteriorate and recovery to normalcy followed in due course.
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Truly, the vision that late Rajiv Gandhi had for his country has fructified in many a ways; making India the leader in the world in software development and export as well. His vision was to narrow the ever widening gap between city and village, to strengthen the village community by making them aware of the required technology and equipment and to reinforce the lower rung but the most essential form of governance so that people can directly relate with the governance.
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