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Me, my sister have 'completely forgiven' father's killers: Rahul

Afternoon Despatch and Courier 2018-03-12 00:00:00

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 yesterday.

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.”