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Rajiv Gandhi was ‘politically immature’, as per CIA report

After old Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) files were declassified, it has been revealed in one of the CIA reports that described Rajiv Gandhi as ‘politically immature’. The CIA report dated January 14, 1983 on Rajiv Gandhi was prepared around two years earlier to his assassination and had stated that Rajiv was unlikely to succeed his mother Indira Gandhi due to his political immaturity. It may be recalled that the CIA prepares such report to be able to effectively deal with political changes across the globe. The CIA had prepared the report on Rajiv Gandhi, while it was trying to assess the impact of a possible sudden death of the Indian Prime Minister. At that time, Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India.

The CIA report found Rajiv Gandhi politically immature, as he had failed to create the right impressions. Neither his party workers and leaders nor the people of the country were impressed with Rajiv Gandhi, the CIA report says. While further examining the potential sudden death of the Prime Minister, the CIA report states that the Congress would become weak in such circumstances. The report predicts that in the event of Indira’s death, Rajiv will have to work closely with President Zail Singh to find a suitable successor to the Congress party. The list of potential successors included names of Pranab Mukherjee, Narain Dutt Tiwari, R Venkataraman, and P V Narasimha Rao. However, CIA’s calculations proved wrong since Rajiv Gandhi was elected with a large mandate after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

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