Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, is the only woman who served as the Prime Minister of India. Born in the political family, she was the second longest serving Prime Minister of the country after her father. She was appointed the President of Congress party in 1959 and also served as her father's personal assistant from 1947 till 1964. After Nehru's death in 1964, she served as a Cabinet minister under Lal Bahadur Shastri's leadership but later became Prime Minister of the country in 1966 after Shastri's sudden death. From 1966 to 1977, she was able to retain the position but lost after an emergency was imposed by her in 1975 leading to a national discontent and countrywide protests. She returned to power in 1980 and during this time she ordered storming of Sikh Holy Shrine Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar and was assasinated on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards. Violence erupted in several parts of the country after her death in which Sikhs were killed by angry protesters. She was known for her strong personality and also went to war with Pakistan supporting the Independence Movement in East Pakistan leading to formation of Bangladesh. In 1999, Indira Gandhi was named 'Woman of the Millennium' by a BBC poll.
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The Indira we must not forget

On her birth centenary, it is important to remember the dark period of constitutional history she presided over.

Forty Years Ago, December 8, 1977: New Law Panel Chief

Besides the chairman, the commission will consist of two other members, but they will be appointed in consultation with Justice Khanna after he formally assumes office.

November 28, 1977, Forty Years Ago; Warning to Indira

This step will be necessary if she refuses to honour any summons that the Shah Commission is forced to issue, he added while addressing a public meeting in Bombay.

December 4, 1977, Forty Years Ago; Shah panel Boycott

In separate letters to the Commission, the former defence minister and the former additional private secretary to Mrs Gandhi, said they feel no useful purpose will be served by their presence at the hearings.

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Out of my mind: Tyrants and heroes

Indira Gandhi was also a hero who became a villain when, for the one and only time in the history of independent India, she established a constitutional dictatorship.

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Across the aisle: She put the poor on the agenda

The people should never let any government forget that nearly 22 per cent of India’s population is still poor and they also have the right to a life of dignity — a truth that Indira Gandhi had acknowledged and defended in her lifetime.

Indira Gandhi believed in 'mann ki baat', but of people: Jairam Ramesh

Indira Gandhi believed in ‘mann ki baat’, but of people, says Jairam Ramesh

“She would take action on letters received from people, which shows that she was personally and instinctively committed to the cause of the environment,” said Jairam Ramesh.

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Indira Gandhi centenary: Congress, TMC hit out at PM Narendra Modi

“What is happening in the country under leadership of present prime minister? Communalism and casteism have increased. Hatred is spreading. Gandhi always fought for peace.” Adhir Chowdhury said

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Twitterati pay tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 100th birth anniversary

On Indira Gandhi’s 100th birth anniversary, many took to Twitter to pay their tributes and share anecdotes and photos of India’s first and only female prime minister.

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On her birth centenary, leaders pay rich tributes to Indira Gandhi

A photo exhibition has been organised to mark her Indira Gandhi’s 100th birth anniversary.

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PM Modi pays tribute to former PM Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary. The only lady to serve as the prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, was born in 1917 to Jawaharlal Nehru and Kamala Nehru.

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November 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Summons to Indira Gandhi

The Shah Commission was officially stated that in the absence of any such intimation for which no time limit has been fixed by the commission, it is presumed that Mrs Gandhi will present herself for examination

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Indira Gandhi to Modi

For all its ‘Congress-mukt’ talk, in its desire to capture public institutions, BJP is inspired by a Congress PM

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Forty Years Ago, November 3, 1977: Emergency power-cut

Kishan Chand himself deposed that Indira Gandhi was present at the meeting, held at her house, when the orders were given to disconnect the electric supply to all newspapers in Delhi.

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Forty Years Ago, November 2, 1977: Shukla before Shah

Romesh Thapar, editor of Seminar, the magazine forced to close down during the Emergency, was critical of the government’s brutal application of censorship when he appeared before the Shah Commission, but also lambasted journalists for not standing up for press freedom the Emergency.