Rajiv Gandhi was born in Bombay on 20 August 1944 to Indira and Feroze Gandhi.
Rajiv was born in 1944 in Mumbai, during a time when both his parents were in and out of British prisons. His grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was India's prime minister from 1947 to 1964; his mother Indira Gandhi held the same post from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 to 1984. Rajiv was raised in his grandfather's home. In August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru became the prime minister of independent India, and the family settled in Allahabad, and then at Lucknow, where Feroze became the editor of the National Herald newspaper. The marriage was faltering and, in 1949, Indira and the two sons moved to Delhi to live with Jawaharlal, ostensibly so that Indira could assist her father in his duties, acting as official hostess, and helping run the huge residence. Meanwhile, Feroze continued alone in Lucknow. In 1952, Indira helped Feroze manage his campaign for elections to the first Parliament of India from Rae Bareli.