Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Rajiv Gandhi - our ex-PM


Hmm....I still remember teasing Rajiv Gandhi, whenever we saw him speaking in the TV, all of us were speaking along with him...'desh ke kone kone mein...'. Now, when I think back, I feel that he did something good for our country, esp. in the tele-communication field (we remembered Rajiv, suddenly, a couple of days back, when we saw Sam Petroda, being interviewed in some channel, who was Rajiv's, sort of right hand, in those days). He became the Prime Minister after the dynamic Indira Gandhi. I have seen Indira Gandhi in person, I think, it was during the centenary celebrations of the Madras University. After her speech, she came down the dais and walked, just beside me...her blouse was tucked inside the saree and god, she looked so elegant! I was quite young at that time and was talking about her for a long time! She had a very good authoritative voice, too. Now, when thinking back, I feel sad for our country, imagining people without any calibre, who are trying their level best - any method - to sit in the PM's chair. Rajiv was far far better.

Now, let me tell you one interesting incident which happened, when we lived in Hosur (Tamilnadu). My children were in school at that time and we lived in a housing board colony. So we had lots of friends. One day, the news spread in the colony that Rajiv Gandhi was coming and was going to pass Hosur, on the main Road. All of us were eager to see him. Lots of people from the colony were standing on the sides of the road. I remember that I too went there and waited for sometime, to see him, but could not. The daughter of a friend of mine, who was studying, must have been first standard, went and waited there along with her friend, since that day morning. Her mother took some snacks and fed her on the road itself, since she refused to come home, without seeing Rajiv!

Then Rajiv Gandhi came in an open jeep and started shaking hands with the people who were waiting for him ...you can imagine him, with a broad smiling face. This girl went and gave him a flower, which she was carrying with her - a small 'touch me not' flower! Rajiv shook her hands too!

The interesting part comes next...this girl, Priyanka, refused to wash her hand for two days, because Rajiv Gandhi had held that hand of hers!


5 comments :

vastu said...

Indira Gandhi, with her charisma, was a real crowd puller. Rajiv Gandhi also had charisma. I think in today's world, we are able to see all these politicians regularly in TV, so there won't be much Priyanka's. After a long time, I got attracted to Obama speeches during Presidency campaign and the speech he gave right after winning the election was superb.

Varunavi said...

So sweet of priyanka she didnt want to wash her hands.
I think india will never get a female politician like indira gandhi.
I remember when i was in 3/4 class indira gandhi came to hyderabad and she was passing from my house.We all waited on the roads to see her.
She came and she was throwing garlands on the crowd and one garland landed on my dad.And we put the garland on the wall for many days,though it was dried.

Even rajiv gandhi has that charisma in him.I remember once he said this -- hum pakistan ko uniki nani yad deladanga (We will make pakistan remember there granny)

Sandhya said...

Varunavi: Yes, what you said is correct. India will never get a female politician with Indira's charisma. Even her father's voice was not so authoritative, remember? 'Indira is the only male in the PM's cabinet' comment was there, in her period!

Your father must be remembering it even now!

Did Rajiv say that..haha..Thanks,
Varunavi for giving these types of anecdotes!

vastu: Yes, you are right. Now the image of politicians have worsened.
Have to wait for Rahul. He openly said that it took 18 hours for him to prepare his maiden speech in the nuclear debate, sometime back! Everyone will remember Kalavathi! Let him get some experience and we will live on hopes to have a good leader, any leader, to field our country from terrorism, mainly!

Thanks for visiting.

Renu said...

Nice memories:) I also Admired Indiraji a lot, but cant stand Sonia Gandhi at all, Once she was passing theu warora, sos topped at our colony, all other ladies went there to shake her hand and get photographs, i didnt. Nobody could believe it that I would miss such an opportunity...yes for them it was an opportunity:)

Sandhya said...

Renu: Sonia...I don't have any opinion about her, period.

Thank you, Renu.

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