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Friday, 21 May 2010

19 Years Ago Tonight, Rajiv Gandhi was Assassinated

It was while campaigning on 21st May 1991 in Tamil Nadu at a rally that Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a LTTE human bomber.It was a rare early instance of a belt bomb being used. The blast blew out the whole of the front of Rajiv's face, as can be seen from photos of the time. In Delhi, his memorial site is called Vir Bhumi and I visited it ten days ago, around 36 hours before returning to london.

The site was being prepared for today's memorial ceremony, noted in Indian newspapers today.

This day is commemorated every year at Vir Bhumi, and is also called "Anti-Terrorism Day" in India.

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