“When a big tree falls, the ground shakes,” Congress’ ill-fated tweet on Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary


Congress party has always had to face the ire of a statement allegedly made by former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, soon after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards, Beant Singh and Satwant Singh on 31 October 1984.

Sikh groups and Congress’ political rivals always cornered the party using this statement of Rajiv Gandhi.

And just when Congress was trying to make a fresh beginning, its West Bengal unit appears to have opened the old wounds.

On Saturday, when the whole country marked the birth anniversary of the former prime minister, enthusiastic party members and units began to fervently began to post famous quotes of Rajiv Gandhi.

West Bengal unit posted the controversial statement of Rajiv Gandhi believed to justify the anti-Sikh riots in the event of his mother’s death.

The tweet said, “When a big tree falls, the ground shakes.”


This caused social media outrage prompting people to question the party if it ever felt any remorse for the comments made by Rajiv Gandhi.

Although, Manas Bhunia said that state party president Adhir Choudhury should take responsibility for the “condemnable” tweet, the damage appears to already have been done.

The development is extremely bad news for Congress, which is seeking to return to power in Punjab in next year’s crucial assembly elections.


  1. Our secular liberals have no problem with Congress’s genocidal history. Nor they have any problem with Rajiv Gandhi’s statement. Where are all the Barkhas, Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose!?


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