Located next to Rajghat is the memorial of the sixth and youngest prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. Popularly known as a man with great dreams for his country and his countrymen, Rajiv Gandhi was the first son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi. He was appointed as prime minister of the country within hours of his mother’s assassination in 1984 and two months later he won a landslide general election.
The Congress Party led by Rajeev Gandhi was voted out of power in the next election. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber, at Sriperumbudur, 40-km away from Chennai in Tamil Nadu, in May 1991, while campaigning for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
His last rites were performed at Vir Bhumi and a memorial was been set up to honor this young visionary leader. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously in the year 1991.