Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhawana Diwas is a day to commemorate the values, attitudes and ideals of the late Prime Minister. An attempt is made to understand and uphold his passion for the progress of the nation and his pioneering of many national and international projects.
Sadbhavana Cycle Rally
A Sadbhavana Cycle Rally was organized under the leadership of Loknath Maharathi in Bhubaneshwar on the 69th anniversary of the former Prime Minister of India Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. The rally began from the Congress Bhawan in Master Canteen square and covered nearby distance and areas of Vanivihar, Rasulgarh, Kalpana Chhack, finally completing near Mausima Temple in Old Town. Eminent members of the congress party participated in the rally and other functions of the day.
Though it is marked as an important occasion in India, it is not regarded as a National Holiday. Many schools have a rally of students celebrating the Jayanti. A statue or portrait of Rajiv Gandhi is garlanded and the principal gives a speech in his honor.
The Story of Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi was born into a famous and powerful political family. His maternal grandfather was Jawaharlal Nehru who served as the first Prime Minister of India after independence. Rajiv Gandhi was the son and successor of the late Prime Minter Smt. Indira Gandhi. He was the sixth Prime Minister of India serving from a period between 1984- 1989. When he took office he was the youngest Indian Prime Minister to hold the position.
He had an interesting political career, being a visionary for the progress of the country on one hand and getting into a number of controversies on the other. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 while campaigning in Sriperumbudur near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Inspiration and Importance
Gandhi believed in the future of India as a developed country. A number of economic and social reforms introduced by him pursued this vision. His enthusiastic and inspiring words quoted during the Joint Congress Session of India and US are recited with great value and worth at every anniversary.
“India is an old country, but a young nation; and like the young everywhere, we are impatient. I am young and I too have a dream. I dream of an India, strong, independent, self-reliant and in the forefront of the front ranks of the nations of the world in the service of mankind.”