Sanjay Gandhi Biography

Sanjay Gandhi, born on December 14, 1946, was the younger son of former late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He was the country’s rising political phenomenon, youth leader, and a figure behind a great number of changes on the Indian scene.

Sanjay died unexpectedly in an air crash on 23 June 1980 near Safdarjung Airport in New Delhi while flying a new aircraft of the Delhi Flying Club. He was performing an acrobatics movement over his office but, unfortunately, he lost control and the aircraft crashed.

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Sanjay Gandhi was an Indian politician and the son of former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. He was also the younger brother of Rajiv Gandhi who served as the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989.

Sanjay Gandhi studied at Welham Boys’ School and Doon School in Dehradun. He did not attend University but took up automotive engineering as a career and underwent an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce in Crewe, England for three years. He was very interested in sports cars and aircraft acrobatics. He also won many prizes in aircraft acrobatics and also obtained a pilot’s license in 1976.

BJP leader and member of parliament Maneka Gandhi and her son Varun Gandhi, pay tribute to late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi on his birth anniversary every year in Delhi on December 14.

Sanjay Gandhi’s widow Maneka Gandhi and son Varun Gandhi are leading politicians in the Bharatiya Janata Party. Maneka is a member of Lok Sabha and an animal rights activist. Varun is also a member of Lok Sabha from Pilibhit constituency. 

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Sanjay Gandhi Political Career

Although Sanjay had not been elected and held no office, he started exercising his new-found influence with Cabinet ministers, high-level government officials and police officers. When many Cabinet ministers and officials resigned in protest, Sanjay reportedly appointed their successors.

Once, Inder Kumar Gujral resigned from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting when Sanjay attempted to give him orders. As per reports, Gujral refused to take orders from an unelected person. Afterwards, Gujral was replaced by Sanjay Gandhi’s aide Vidya Charan Shukla

In another incident, when the then famous singer of Hindi Cinema, Kishore Kumar refused to sing at a function of the Indian Youth Congress, his songs were banned on All India Radio upon Sanjay’s insistence. 

Sanjay stood for his first election to the Indian Parliament following the lifting of the Emergency in March 1977. This election saw the crushing defeat of not only Sanjay in Amethi but also the wiping out of Indira’s Congress party throughout Northern India. However, Sanjay won Amethi for the Congress (I) in the next general election which was held in January 1980.

Just one month before his death, Sanjay was appointed secretary-general of the Congress Party in May 1980. 

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