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first_imgRajiv GandhiIssue date June 15, 1991I have a dream,” he said then, in that summer of ’85. And we, too, dreamed with him. It was truly an Indian summer then, that summer of Rajiv Gandhi. No leader since Nehru had brought with him such brightness and hope. Or such a,Rajiv GandhiIssue date June 15, 1991I have a dream,” he said then, in that summer of ’85. And we, too, dreamed with him. It was truly an Indian summer then, that summer of Rajiv Gandhi. No leader since Nehru had brought with him such brightness and hope. Or such a believable vision of 21st century India. It was not just his age. Or the attractiveness of his personality.Or even his pedigree. There was then a special radiance accompanying him, a karmic configuration that had led him to this moment of awesome responsibility. Out of tragedy had emerged lustre and light. That was then, when the world was his appreciative stage and the applause a genuine acknowledgement of a leader who promised both excitement and glamour.And, above all, change. That all that changed in the blink of history’s eye was a tragedy made greater by his promise and his prestige. Somewhere along that lonely road, the dream died. And we all died, a little.-Dilip BobbGETTING THE PICTURE: Another Rajiv hobbyIssue date August 16, 1980The pressure on him to leap into the fray is growing. Last fortnight, 250 MPs hosted a dinner in Rajiv’s honour. Though Rajiv and his mother cried off at the last minute, the message was obvious. Rajiv seems overwhelmed and uncomfortable with this sudden elevation in stature. “I really don’t know what to say to them,” he confesses. “I don’t know much about politics and even less about who these people are and what they represent.”-Dilip Bobb and Prabhu ChawlaVoices”Enemies of the Congress are enemies of the nation.”Rajiv Gandhi, November 30, 1988advertisement”We’ll teach them such a lesson they will remember their grandmothers.”Rajiv Gandhi, on the opposition, June 15, 1987″Ayodhya is where Ram is, Congress is where Rajiv is.”P. Chidambaram, May 31, 1988″Rajiv has achieved what his grandfather could not achieve in his lifetime.”R. Venkataraman, January 15, 1981Issue date February 29, 1988South Block has snuffed out Camelot. The “handsomest PM” is taking on a jowly resemblance to Arun Nehru. He’s gained 3 kg and lost most of his hair. The bounce in stride now comes with effort. He sports a churlish look; the corners of his mouth droop like an inverted crescent and he blinks in confusion.-Inderjit Badhwar and Prabhu Chawlalast_img

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