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Rajiv Gandhi

May 30, 1991
How tragic that a mad person has taken away the life of a young leader in such a violent manner. Some may not agree with Rajiv Gandhi's or his mother's policies but there is little doubt about their sacrifice for India. Those who resort to such barbaric acts are utterly ignorant of the fact that one cannot change the policy of a nation by violently eliminating some of its leaders. There are many sons and daughters of India who are ready to take their mantle. Leaders may come and go but India will go on and on for centuries to come.
January 14, 2000
Re "India's Hands Aren't Clean," Commentary, Jan. 9: Rohan Oberoi's assertion that the three men freed by India to secure the safe release of the passengers of the hijacked airplane had never been charged and were detained illegally is false. One of them, Ahmad Omar Sayed Sheikh, a British national, was charged, tried, convicted and was serving his sentence at the time he was freed in response to the demand of the hijackers. The other two, Masood Azhar and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, had also been served charge sheets and judicial proceedings against them were underway at the time of their release.
June 11, 1985 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
The long-running "courtship of Rajiv Gandhi" is about to open in Washington after playing in Moscow, Cairo, Paris and Algiers. But the Indian prime minister's performance in the role of the world's most eligible nonaligned ruler was the rave of diplomatic circles here long before he took it on the road, beginning last month in the Soviet Union. He arrives in Washington today for a state visit and will meet with President Reagan at the White House on Wednesday.
January 29, 1998 | From Associated Press
A mammoth conspiracy trial ended with convictions Wednesday for all 26 people tried in the 1991 suicide bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the political heir of India's Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. All 26 were ordered hanged. "The nation stands vindicated," declared D.R. Karthikeyan, the federal police officer who led the investigation.
May 22, 1991
The murder of Rajiv Gandhi, India's former prime minister and the man who was widely expected to hold that office again after this month's elections, was the most reprehensible act of violence to mar an already shockingly violent national election in that troubled nation. Gandhi's death is eerily reminiscent of the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was killed by two of her Sikh bodyguards in 1984. Riots erupted after her death.
October 28, 1985 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
There are still lines of the curious and the morbid every morning outside 1 Safdarjang Road, the rambling bungalow where Indira Gandhi was assassinated a year ago Thursday. Under a clear plastic cover placed on the path between her home and her office in what is now the Indira Gandhi Memorial, a visitor can see stains of her blood. Through loudspeakers hidden behind nearby acacia trees and bougainvillea, the late prime minister's recorded speeches can be heard.
May 23, 1991 | JONATHAN POWER, Jonathan Power writes from London for the International Herald Tribune.
In his great novel, "Passage to India," E. M. Forster wrote of India as "swelling here, shrinking there, like some low but indestructible force of life." It was probably not a fair description, even in the old days of the British Raj, but it is one that many observers will subconsciously resort to as they contemplate the murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
March 19, 1989
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said the government will release a secret report on his mother's assassination in order to stop "malicious innuendo" about what it contains. His mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated Oct. 31, 1984, by two Sikh bodyguards. Last week, the Indian Express newspaper said the report prepared by the Thakkar commission says R.K. Dhawan, Indira Gandhi's longtime aide, "consciously or unconsciously" facilitated the slaying.
March 29, 1989
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's efforts to satisfy opposition demands by releasing a secret report on his mother's assassination failed to end pressure from the opposition, which demanded more details of the report. It implicates an adviser to Rajiv Gandhi, but the government says he has been exonerated. Angry opposition leaders accused the government of withholding two of the five volumes of the report on Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's slaying in 1984.
In 1947, India, the subcontinent that the English called "the jewel in the crown" of its empire, became an independent state. It is the world's most populous democracy, yet most Americans do not know its history or understand its people. On Wednesday, PBS marks the half-century of the nation's independence with "The Dynasty--the Nehru-Gandhi Story," a three-hour recount of India's modern history through the family that has led it during the 20th century.
They wear combat fatigues and poison necklaces. They kill without mercy--sometimes entire villages, including women and children--and then fade into the jungle. Sometimes they blow themselves up along with their intended victims. Thin black ropes coiled around their necks conceal cyanide capsules, which they swallow when captured. By any standard, Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are among the most fanatical of the world's aggressive ethnic separatist organizations.
June 16, 1992 | Reuters
Indian judge has concluded that intelligence agencies could have prevented the May, 1991, assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the United News of India reported Monday.
May 21, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Government investigators charged the leader of a Sri Lankan guerrilla group with masterminding the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Concluding a yearlong investigation, they said Vellupillai Prabhakaran, head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam, directed the killing of Gandhi because Gandhi had sent Indian troops to Sri Lanka in 1987 to enforce a peace accord between Sri Lanka's government and the rebels.
August 20, 1991 | From Reuters
The Sri Lankan Tamil militant believed to have masterminded the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was found dead after a siege of his hideout, top police officials said today. The one-eyed man identified as Sivarasan and six others, one an alleged woman accomplice, committed suicide by swallowing cyanide, they said. Sivarasan also had a bullet wound in the head.
August 4, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A string of suicides by key suspects in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is frustrating investigators in the case, officials said. Three suspects have poisoned themselves with cyanide minutes before they could be arrested, and a fourth hanged himself while in police custody. In the most recent incident, a Sri Lankan militant died Friday after taking cyanide in Bangalore, India. Gandhi was killed by a woman suicide bomber at a rally in Madras on May 21.
July 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man accused of helping the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was found dead, his body hanging from a tree near a house where police were holding him. Unidentified officials were quoted as saying N. Shanmugam, a confessed arms smuggler who was arrested Wednesday, escaped from a government lodging house in Vedaranniyam, in southern Tamil Nadu state. Full circumstances of his death were not known. He was the 13th suspect arrested in Gandhi's May 21 assassination.
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