Remembering Rajiv Gandhi: Memorable quotes by 'youngest Prime Minister of India'

Updated: May 21, 2020, 12:19 | Sherlin Rajan
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    Rajiv Gandhi's famous quotes:

    "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 and self-reliant and in the front rank of the nations of the world in the service of mankind."

    A picture of Rajiv Gandhi, recently shared by his son Rahul Gandhi on Twitter.

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    "If my mother gets help from it, then I will enter politics."

    In picture: A younger Rajiv Gandhi with mother Indira Gandhi and brother Sanjay Gandhi.


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    "If farmers become weak the country loses self-reliance but if they are strong, freedom also becomes strong. If we do not maintain our progress in agriculture, poverty cannot be eliminated from India."

    In picture: Rajiv Gandhi and wife Sonia Gandhi pose with Indira Gandhi on their wedding day. 

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    "Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people."

    In picture: Rajiv Gandhi with a younger Rahul Gandhi.

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    "We must see that regional imbalances in the growth of various parties of the country are removed and all the states progress evenly. We shall ensure that all citizens of the country get full opportunity to contribute their might towards India’s progress."

    In picture: Rajiv Gandhi with his wife Sonia Gandhi at a public event.

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    "Better a brain drain than a brain in the drain."

    In picture: Rajiv Gandhi tries a hand at a game of pool.

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    "The terrorists are busy in and outside the country in such activities which are a danger to the unity and integrity of the country."


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On the occasion of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's 29th death anniversary, here are some memorable quotes by the late Congress leader. (Pictures/mid-day archives)