5 Biggest and Most Controversial Political Assassinations Of India 

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Written By Berry Mathew

India, one of the biggest democratic countries in the world. It is the only nation in the world that has a history beyond what our western education or the western world is still trying to comprehend.

Over the course of its magnificent history, India has been led by the many bad and good leaders who have guided this country’s people towards right and wrong direction as well.

From British rule to independence India saw many ups and downs and many losses and profits, many political massacres, many murders also happened. So in this article, we have listed the 5 most controversial as well as Biggest Political Assassinations Of India.

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was the first woman Prime Minister of India who was famous for her bold, fearless style. And due to one such political conviction, he too had lost his life. His assassination was done by his bodyguard as the political situation in Punjab had deteriorated due to which Indira Gandhi had the Operation Bluestar by the Forces at the Golden Temple in Amritsar to kill Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

During which many Innocent people of the Sikh community were also killed. In revenge for this Sikh massacre, Indira Gandhi’s own bodyguards shot and killed him in the Prime Minister’s Residence.

After the report of Indira Gandhi’s post mortem, it was found out that he had been shot more than 30 bullets.

Date Of Assassination: 31st October 1984

Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi, an Indian Prime Minister who came to power after the murder of his mother Indira Gandhi. He himself became a victim of assassination when India and Sri Lanka had a very strained relationship in 1991.

At the time, Rajiv Gandhi was campaigning for the Constituency of his Lok Sabha in a village in Chennai, so many people came and offered him garlands (Phool mala/flowers necklace). One of them was a woman Dhanu who came in the form of a human bomb.

Dhanu came to the event as a common woman and also came on stage to Rajiv Gandhi wearing a garland (Phool mala) and also bowed take his blessing on his leg, a huge explosion took place at the same time.

Rajiv Gandhi including 25 other people along with him was killed in that blast.

Date Of Assassination: 21st May 1991

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Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, whom we also know from the Father of the Nation of India. He had little contribution to bringing freedom to India. He was assassinated five months after Mahatma Gandhi got independence from India.

His assassination was done by a college student named Nathuram Godse. Nathuram fired 3 bullets at Gandhi by keeping him point-blank, which resulted in his death due to serious injuries from bullets.

Nathuram Godse, who was a nationalist, believed that Gandhi is much favored by Pakistan, rather he should think ahead about the Hindus of his country India.

Godse had a different eye, taking those deaths during the partition and for this reason, he assassinated Gandhi.

Date Of Assassination: 30th January 1948


Phoolan Devi (Bandit Queen)

Phoolan Devi, a dacoit cum politician is also known as Bandit Queen. He was shot and killed in 2001. Three bullet shots to his head and two to his body and his; he was declared dead as soon as he reached the hospital.

Sher Singh Rana, the Man Suspect of Assassination, surrendered himself and said that he killed Phoolan Devi in ​​exchange for the Behmai Massacre in 1981.

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Behmai massacre is the incident when Phoolan Devi used to be a well-known dacoit and at that time he shot and killed 22 people openly to avenge his gang rape. In her own time, Phoolan Devi was also accused of more than 50 criminal offenses including robbery, murder, plunder, arson as well as kidnapping for ransom.

In revenge for the same massacre, Sher Singh Rana planned to kill Phoolan Devi.

Date Of Assassination: 25th July 2001


Chandra Shekhar Azad

Chandra Shekhar Azad is one of the most famous Freedom fighters who gave his life for the motherland. On the year of 1931, Chandra Shekhar Azad shot himself while battling against the British police power at Azad Park in Prayagraj, Allahabad. Azad, who was 24 at the hour of his demise, left a solid inheritance of fearlessness for Indians.

Britishers sent their team of police officers to Allahabaad’s park after getting information that Azad is present there. Azad once told “Marunga Bhi Apne Marzi Se, Jiunga Bhi Apne Marzi Se – Me Azad hu”.

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Shaken by the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919, in which several unarmed Indians were executed by British soldiers on the sets of Acting Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, Azad, who was profoundly enthusiastic about autonomy.

He took an interest in the Mahatma Gandhi-drove Non-co-operation Movement of 1920. He also supported and worked with Sardar Bhagat Singh.

Date Of Assassination: 27th February 1931

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