Rajiv Gandhi conceived India as a global power much before the world began paying attention to the country
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated this week two decades ago. Yet in a brief span of public life of seven years, from 1984 to 1991, he sponsored and left an indelible mark on India. The principal new ideas for India after its freedom movement—decentralization; technology in service of man; resource-based agricultural growth; economic reform and the concept of India as an autonomous great power were the ideas of this young prime minister. Today, instead of destroying each institution, the country sorely needs a strategic vision.