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'1991: Key Events

  • Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by suspected LTTE terrorists. A rising foreign debt and other dysfunctions inaugurate a policy of economic reform encouraging foreign investment.
  • The USSR disintegrates.
  • India conducts the last census of the century, announcing a popula- tion of 844 million.
  • The Doordarshan Director General, Shiv Sharma, is assassinated by suspected Punjab terrorists.
  • Punjab is declared a ‘disturbed area’, followed by Assam.
  • The 10th Lok Sabha elections take place with 200 million registered voters. The Congress emerges as the largest party and P.V. Narasimha Rao is sworn in as Prime Minister.
  • The first-ever BJP ministry takes over in U.P and acquires the disputed Ayodhya land.
  • Parliament passes the notorious Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) (TADA) Bill.
  • The Parliamentary ‘Question Hour’ is telecast for the first time.