'We knew father was going to die': Congress president Rahul Gandhi on father Rajiv's assassination

Singapore: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that he and his family knew that his father Rajiv Gandhi was going to die.  Gandhi, who is on a five-day trip to the Southeast Asian countries, said: "We knew that my father was going to die. We knew that my grandmother (Indira Gandhi) was going to die. In politics, when you mess with the wrong forces, and if you stand for something, you will die. That's pretty clear."

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Twitter@INCIndia

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Twitter@INCIndia

During his interaction with IIM alumni in Singapore, Gandhi, said he and his sister Priyanka have "completely forgiven" his father Rajiv's killers. He said: "We were very upset and hurt and for many years we were quite angry. But, somehow, completely...in fact, completely (forgiven)."

"There is a history that when one realises that when these events take place, it's collision of ideas, forces, confusion. That's where you get caught. I remember when I saw Mr Prabhakaran on TV lying dead, I got two feelings - one was why they are humiliating this man in this way."

"And second was I felt really bad for him and for his kids and I did that because I understood deeply what it meant to be on the other side of that thing. So to me when I see violence regardless of who it is, I know that there is a human being behind that, there is a family behind that, a kid crying behind that. I have been through a lot of pain to get this and it is something I consider very valuable. I find it difficult to hate people, even my sister does," he said.

Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a female suicide bomber of LTTE, the terrorist group in Sri Lanka led by Prabhakaran, on 21 May, 1991 at an election rally in Tamil Nadu.

Asked if he thinks he had a privilege life being the son and grandson of former prime ministers, he said, "It depends which side of the coin you are...of course there are a number of privileges where I sit, but I would not say that I haven't been through a rough ride."

"I was 14 when my grandmother was assassinated. I used to play badminton with those who killed my grandmother. After that my father was killed. So you live in a particular environment...surrounded by 15 guys from morning noon to night. I don't think that's a privilege. I think that's quite a hard thing to deal with," he said in a video shared by the Congress party on its Twitter handle.

Published Date: Mar 11, 2018 09:12 AM | Updated Date: Mar 11, 2018 09:12 AM

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