Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, is the only women 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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Memories of another June

Dictatorial rule can only be imposed when a majoritarian government is in power; a majoritarian government was then in power with a strong energetic and popular prime minister as head of government prior to the days of the Emergency of June 1975. Alas, constitutional dignitaries and even some judges of the highest court failed us.

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Second Nature

Indira Gandhi’s love for the outdoors set the tone of India’s environmental policies

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View From The Right: Emergency revisited

However, it is “necessary to remind the real horrors of Emergency” to those who “may not be able to connect with the draconian period”.

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Congress to hold 24,000 ‘Indira family meets’ in memory of former prime minister

Indira memorial lectures would be organised and documentaries on the life and contributions of the former prime minister would be screened during the events.

Indira Gandhi was able to convert her love for nature into policy decisions: Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh insists his book ‘Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature’, a new “unconventional” biography is not an attempt at “reinterpreting” or “revising” her personality but to bring out a relatively unknown side of her

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What is Operation Blue Star?

The operation resulted in the death of Bhindranwale and a high casualty figure among the army, civilians and militants. The assault on Golden Temple was heavily criticised by Sikhs worldwide and had led to several Sikhs resigning from administrative positions.

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Indira Gandhi is posing with top Bollywood stars. How many can you identify in this viral photo?

Bollywood biggies including Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore and Lata Mangeshkar are posing with former PM Indira Gandhi in this throwback picture.

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Indira Gandhi most acceptable ruler, PM, of a democratic country even today: President Pranab Mukherjee

Mukherjee, who has had a long association with the Nehru-Gandhi family, was a senior minister in the UPA I and UPA II governments.

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Plaques blaming Indira, Rajiv for 1984 riots at Delhi memorial

The plaques read: “Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, in a self-styled dictatorial manner, ordered the Operation Blue Star

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No comparison between Modi and Indira: Sonia Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi emphasised that Indira Gandhi was devoted to secularism and treated all Indians as equals.

I learnt about India, its culture, values from Indira Gandhi: Sonia Gandhi

The Congress President and vice-president Rahul Gandhi today paid tributes to Indira Gandhi

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Would need rebirths to tell Indira’s story: Congress president Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi paid her tributes to the former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary.

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June 11, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Swaran Singh Panel

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told the Soviet Union that nonaligned India “will be with you in the quest for peace”.

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June 3, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Sanjay For USSR

Sanjay Gandhi was set to visit Tashkent.

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Sonia Gandhi writes to Modi, wants PM Awas Yojna renamed after Indira Gandhi

Sonia brought the resolution in a meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee she chaired in Rae Bareli, her Lok Sabha constituency.