He had an abundance of talent and the will to steer the Indian economy.
The former accidental prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi could have contributed a lot more to India had he been alive. Though coming from a strong political background, Rajiv was always apolitical and became a professional pilot for the state-owned Indian Airlines. But, the country always had high hopes of him and gave him the post of PM after the death of his mother Indira Gandhi.
He always spoke softly and fluently without the help of any notes. His oratory skills were strong enough to bring back hope in the eyes of people. During his tenure as the PM from 1984 to 1989, he has brought many reforms in the country.
1. Telecom Revolution
Rajiv Gandhi is called as the 'Father of Information Technology and Telecom Revolution of India'. It was under his rule that the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) and the Public Call Office (PCO) revolution took place.
2. Voting Age
As he was young himself, he decided to empower the youth and hence the constitution was amended. The age limit to vote was lowered to 18 from 21 years which allowed the youth to exercise their vote in choosing Lok Sabha MPs and state MLAs.
As prime minister, he announced the National Policy on Education (NPE) to modernise and expand higher education across the country. He also founded the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya System which provided free residential education facility to students.
4. Prices of Computers
Rajiv Gandhi's government allowed the import of fully assembled motherboards, which led to a decrease in the prices of computers.
During Gandhi's time in office and under the guidance of Sam Pitroda, he established the then largest public sector telecom companies, MTNL and VSNL. The seeds of information technology (IT) was also planted during Gandhi's era.
6. Panchayat Raj
Though Panchayat Raj was created after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, its background was prepared during his tenure. He is therefore credited for laying the foundation of Panchayat Raj institutions which took democracy to the grassroot level.
He is rightly known as the 'Architect of Digital India' who brought in computers and spoke about modernisation by advancing technology. He also removed many from office and gave a chance to new faces from the private sector to prove their worth.
Best of all, he managed to create peace with the furious Sikhs in Punjab, guerrillas in Mizoram and agitating students in Assam. There is no comparison to his innate patriotism and leadership skills. As he died at a very young age, his loss is still a situation of catastrophe for many Indians.