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To those who don’t know- narrating an interesting incident so you all know this was #RajivGandhi
The occasion was the meeting of the National Integration council in 1987. The participants in the meetings were CMs, leaders of various political parties, activists, academics.1/4
All the participants were asked to give their views on national integration. C. Rajeshwar Rao, the leader of CPI (Left) said: Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, we shld give up the practice of lighting lamps while inaugurating functions as it’s a Hindu practice. It is against Secularism. 2/4
Rajiv Gandhi asked CPI Leader C Rajeshwar Rao, “But do you approve of ribbon cutting?”

Rajeshwar Rao said, “Yes we can do that, but not the lighting of the lamps”.
Rajiv Gandhi was angry & amuses by his view. He said, “Lamp gives us light. Light is the symbol of knowledge...3/4
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#RajivGandhi75 I have bleak memories of his prime ministerial years. I was 5 when he started his years as 7th PM of the nation in 1984 and I was 11 when he was assassinated in 1991. I remember, we had B&W TV in 1984...and my family never missed an opportunity to see him on TV.
He was young, dynamic, suave and in a hurry to catch with the rest of the world in scientific and economic advancement. The freshness of his mind and his modern look in general were happily welcomed by India after deeply disturbing assassination of Indira Gandhi. #RajivGandhi75
Indira’s assassination had overnight turned Rajiv Gandhi from being the outsider, unprepared & reluctant into the leader who a grieving nation would be looking to for comfort and direction. In the nation’s moment of grief, Rajiv Gandhi the leader was born. #RajivGandhi75
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