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Me, my sister have ‘completely forgiven’ father’s killers: Rahul Gandhi

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Singapore: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi have “completely forgiven” his father Rajiv Gandhi’s killers as they find it “difficult to hate people”. During an interaction with IIM alumni in Singapore, Gandhi spoke about the assassination of his grandmother Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv and said that it was a price that the family knew they had to pay for taking a stand.

“We knew that my father was going to die. We knew that my grandmother was going to die. In politics, when you mess with the wrong forces, and if you stand for something, you will die,” he said in a video shared by Congress on Twitter on Saturday. When asked if he and his sister Priyanka had forgiven his father’s killers, Gandhi said: “We were very upset and hurt and for many years we were quite angry. But, somehow, (we have) completely…in fact, completely (forgiven them).”

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


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“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.

Asked if he thinks he had a privilege life being the son and grandson of former prime ministers, Gandhi, who is on a five-day trip to the Southeast Asian countries, 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.”

He said his grandmother was assassinated in 1984 by security guards with whom he used to play badminton. “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 and night, I don’t think that’s a privilege. I think that’s quite a hard thing to deal with,” he said.

“We knew that my father was going to die. We knew that my grandmother was going to die. In politics, when you mess with the wrong forces, and if you stand for something, you will die”, he said in video shared by Congress on Twitter on Saturday. When asked if he and his sister Priyanka had forgiven his father’s killers, Gandhi said: “We were very upset and hurt and for many years we were quite angry. But, somehow, (we have) completely…in fact, completely (forgiven them).” Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a woman suicide bomber of LTTE, the militant group in Sri Lanka led by Prabhakaran, on May 21, 1991 at an election rally in Tamil Nadu.

“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.